Cellar doors where you can taste wine and the kids can play
If anyone needs a wine, it's parents. Thankfully, there are plenty of savvy cellar doors in the Hunter Valley that have you and your brood covered, providing space and fun activities to keep the kids entertained while you relax.
Here's a guide to some of our favourites across the Hunter Valley.
A boutique family operation, Comyns & Co. at the lovely Peppers Creek Village is a spot for the whole family. Set up the kids in the 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.
Where: 1946 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
De Iuliis Wines
While the adults enjoy sampling De Iuliis' award-winning wines at the cellar door, the kids can explore the picturesque vineyard surrounds. Families can take a stroll through the grounds or visit Hunter Belle Cheese Room which is right next to De Iuliis Wines.
Where: 1616 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Are the kids wanting to get in on the wine tasting experience? Degen Wines offers a Single Vineyard Kids Experience for children under 10-years-old which includes a hot chocolate or alcohol-free grape drink, a snack plate and a colouring in or game pack.
Where: 365 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin
A family-owned and operated boutique winery, Elbourne offers a relaxed and personalised wine tasting experience at its lovely homestead in Pokolbin. Taste the 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.
Where: 236 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin
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.
Where: 294 O'Connors Rd, Pokolbin
This family-friendly cellar door is home to fantastic views and heaps of space for the little ones to run around – all while you wine taste and dine at Vines Restaurant, the estate's onsite restaurant. The tranquil space will be sure to have you lingering into the afternoon.
Where: 3483 Golden Hwy, Jerrys Plains
While Margan is known for its fine dining experiences, it caters for families too, so everyone can be included in the magic. The kids can join you at the cellar door, and the restaurant offers a Mini Foodies menu for kids aged 4-11, including hand-rolled gnocchi, dessert and a drink.
Where: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke
The good people at Misty Glen have created a dedicated Kids Zone in the cellar door filled with games, Play-Doh and more to occupy your kids while you taste your way around the Misty Glen wine portfolio. Alternatively, you can BYO family picnic and enjoy a few wines in the rose garden while playing boule or croquet.
Where: 293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin
Pepper Tree Wines
The quaint Pepper Tree Wines cellar door is an ideal spot for the whole family to get together. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy it on Pepper Tree's picturesque grounds? The kids can run off some steam while you sip a wine or two.
Where: 86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin
Peter Drayton Wines who have a host of outdoor activities for the kids to enjoy while you wine taste. 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.
Where: 694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
If the kids want to be just like the adults, grab them a junior tasting paddle at Pokolbin Estate Vineyard. While you taste trophy-winning wines, they can taste a rotating selection of juices paired with lollies, before playing lawn games like Jenga and giant Connect Four.
Where: 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
The cellar door at Ridgeview Estate has an activity box for the kids to explore and plenty of colouring in. Outside, kids can play giant chess and feed the fish in the dams. There's even an onsite restaurant so you can grab a bite to eat pre- or post-wine tasting.
Where: 273 Sweetwater Rd, Pokolbin
You may have visited Roche Estate in days gone by for a bite to eat or while concert-going. The grassed concert area out front is a great 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 gelato made onsite at the Smelly Cheese Shop.
Where: Broke Rd & McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
With an outdoor wine garden and Friday 'Wine and Chill' sessions with food, wine and live music, Saddler's Creek Wines is the place to be for the family. There's even kid's tasting paddles available, so the young ones can get in on the tasting action.
Where: 15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin
The Scarborough Wine Co. cellar door has plenty of outdoor space, hula hoops, quoits, giant Jenga and blackboard drawing to keep children entertained. They also have colouring and activity packs that’ll occupy kids while you enjoy one of Scarborough’s many wine flights.
Where: 179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin
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.
Where: 638 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin
Everyone's welcome at Vinden Wines (including pooches!), making the indoor and alfresco spaces a great spot if you have the kids in tow. Vinden's wines are minimal intervention and farmed organically with regenerative practices, so you know they're made with the planet in mind.
Where: 138 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin
The cellar door at Whispering Brook is set up to take in the gorgeous views that Whispering Brook is blessed with – take in the vineyards, olive groves, and Wollemi National Park beyond. The kids are set with a cubby house to play in and lawns to run around on.
Where: Rodd St, Broke
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