Where you can taste wine and the kids can play
Wine tasting with kids? Yes, it can be done. Let’s face it, if anyone needs a wine, it’s the Mums and Dads out there, especially after recent, ahem, events.
Thankfully, these savvy cellar doors in the Hunter Valley cater to families, providing unique and fun activities to keep the kids entertained, so you can relax and have a bit of fun of your own!
Here’s a few of our favourites that have you and your brood covered.
Going the extra mile, Tulloch Wines have created a Junior Tasting Experience especially for kids. While you get on with wine tasting, the kids can have their own sensory experience, tasting three snacks matched to three non-alcoholic beverages.
The experience is suitable for kids 3-12 years and costs $10 pp. For more information or to book, click here.
You may have visited Roche Estate in days gone by for a bite to eat or while concert-going. They also have some great wine tasting at the Tempus Two, Meera Park and the new Becker Wines cellar doors.
And that grassed concert area out front – it’s the perfect place for the kids to kick a ball or have a little picnic of their own. With your wine tasting complete you can treat the kiddies to a delicious Gelato made onsite at the Smelly Cheese Shop.
Scarborough Wine Co. has two equally gorgeous cellar doors in the Valley and both cater to families. Think large outdoor spaces, hula hoops, quoits, giant jenga and blackboard drawing (at Gillards Road).
They also have colouring/activity packs that’ll keep the kids busy while you enjoy one of Scarborough’s many wine flights. We love that you can ‘watch and taste’ at Scarborough’s. A great option if you’ve got littlies you need to keep an eye on.
Another gem for the kids is Gemelli Estate. Catering to kids of all ages, Gemelli offer a range of outdoor games like croquet, bocce, soccer.
They’ve also got a cute little cubby house for the little kids and a variety of board games and Lego that’ll do just nicely on those hot days. Throw in some wine tasting and bambino gelato cones and this place is a winner.
A family owned and operated boutique winery, Elbourne offers a very relaxed and personalised wine tasting experience at their lovely homestead in Pokolbin.
Taste their range of wines while taking in the spectacular views and watching the kids play in the well-appointed, backyard playground. They also have a menagerie of farm animals the kids will love to visit. Bookings by appointment only.
The good people at Misty Glen have created a dedicated Kids Zone in the cellar door filled with games, play doh and the like to occupy your cherubs while you taste your way around the Misty Glen wine portfolio.
Alternatively, you can BYO family picnic here and enjoy a few wines in their lovely rose garden while playing boule or croquet.
Another boutique family operation, Comyns & Co. at the lovely Peppers Creek Village is a great find. Set up the kids in the special Kids Corner complete with a chalkboard, colouring, puzzles and toys then grab a seat at the tasting bar and find your new favourite Hunter drop.
There’s an expansive grassed area leading down to the dam too that the kids can explore or use to play ring toss and bocce.
Comyns & Co. is also just a short drive from the Hunter Valley Gardens and Shopping Village which has family friendly cafes and plenty of experiences to keep the kids entertained.
Peter Drayton Wines
Another great one for the family is Peter Drayton Wines who have a host of outdoor activities for the kids to enjoy while you enjoy a wine or two.
The cellar door is also home to Ironbark Hill Brewhouse and Bistro, the outdoor dining area of which overlooks the lawns, so you can watch the kids play soccer, cricket, totem tennis, quoits and more while you eat. Kids meals are also available.
Hanging Tree Wines
With sweeping valley views, duck ponds and beautiful rose gardens for the kids to explore, the Hanging Tree Wines cellar door is a great choice for the family.
Kids will love the oversized chess game outback, colouring, playing noughts and crosses and picnicking with resident wine dogs, Vodka and Muscat.
While your wine tasting, older kids might enjoy some horse-riding lessons with Murchesson’s who conveniently operate on the same property.
Further out Rothbury way is Ridgeview Estate. The cellar door has an activity box for the kids to explore and colouring-in.
Outside, kids can play giant chess and feed the fish in the dams. They also have a restaurant here so you can grab a bite to eat pre or post wine tasting.
If you know of any other family-friendly cellar doors that should be added to this list, send all the details through to [email protected]