The Hunter Valley wine region in the state of New South Wales, Australia, is known across the world for its many award winning wines. It is also a very popular holiday destination and offers excellent accommodation and many interesting things to see and do. It is one and a half hour’s drive from the city of Sydney.
In 1797, the Hunter River was discovered accidentally by European settlers. A Lieutenant by the name of John Shortland was searching the area for escaped convicts. The region fast became a major source of timber and coal for ships that provided transport to Sydney. By 1823, 20 acres of vineyards had been established on the river banks in what is now called the Dalwood/Gresford area.
It was from these beginnings that the valley flourished and a number of families started making wine. Of particular note, were the Drayton, Wilkinson and Tyrrell families as well as Dr Henry Lindeman. Today, Lindemans wines are well known throughout the world and they receive international and national awards each year. The fascinating history of early wine production can be seen at many museums and historical villages.
The best time to visit Hunter Valley is during winter (April to October). The days are cool and clear, while the nights are crisp and chilly. After a day out, indulge in a hot spa, then have a drink next to an open fire.
Come and savor the amazing tastes of Hunter Valley. If you are visiting Sydney and would like to visit the the Hunter Valley and its wineries, Your Sydney Guide offers a range of Hunter Valley Private Tours tailored to meet your individual needs and are recommended by us.
If an overnight visit is more your style, enjoy a delicious candlelit dinner accompanied by a bottle of one of the valley’s best wines!