Top 5 Wineries to Visit in the Hunter Valley this Winter

The onset of cold weather triggers a period of dormancy for grapevines. However, don’t let this make you stay away from the Hunter Valley! Winter is a great time to visit one of Australia’s iconic wine regions, admire the wines, meet the winemakers, snap up some bargains and be among the first to taste some of the brand new releases. Stay with us at the Hunter Gateway Motel save up to 25% off* accommodation, plus receive a complimentary bottle of Penfolds. Read on to discover our guide to the top 5 wineries to visit the Hunter Valley this winter!

1.  Tyrrell’s Vineyard 
No Hunter trip is complete without a trip to Tyrrells, an Australian family-owned business dating back to 1858. Home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon, enjoy tastings from their vast array of wine styles and varietals. Visit the cellar door or take a tour and experience first hand the old oak vats and historic red cellar still in full operation.

2. Peppertree Wines 
If you’re in a need for a winter red to warm you up this winter look no further than Peppertree Wines! The Tallawanta Grand Reserve Shiraz is iconic to this winery, expect to be walking out the door with a bottle. Winner of the 2011 Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the year, take your time to taste through their extensive range of wines.  

3. Scarborough Wines 
Make sure you pack your camera for this winery because you may be distracted by the views, paying less attention to the wine! The Gillards Road Tasting Room is located on the property and is a bright modern tasting area to explore their wines. Try their three chardonnays paired with a complimentary cheese platter!

4. Silkman Wines
For nearly a decade, Silkman Wines have been producing award winning wines for a number of the Hunter Valley’s most successful brands. Awarded the ‘Best Tasting Experience’ Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine 2019 Cellar Door of the Year Awards, it is a must that you try a few tastings. Why not enjoy an all-day share plate from The Wine House Kitchen, featuring a seasonal menu? 

5. First Creek Wines 
Awarded 5-stars by the Australian Wine Companion, First Creek Wines produce a selection of award-winning wines from the Hunter Valley and carefully selected vineyards across New South Wales. Enjoy a relaxed and informative tasting where you can sight daily activities of the working winery or sit outside and watch the kangaroos graze the property.


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