The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and most acclaimed wine regions and is home to many award winning and internationally recognised wineries. For those who have already explored some of the 2605 hectares of vineyards that the Hunter holds, or those are ready for an introduction, boutique wineries are a great way to get off the beaten track and find some hidden gems. Here are 5 boutique Hunter Valley wineries ready to be discovered:
Boarded by vast National Parks and the Wollombi Brook that runs through the heart of the Hunter, Whispering Brook is home to a gorgeous cellar door. This small winery grows its grapes in red-earth soils to make deliciously earthy wines that are a staple of the Hunter Valley. The stunning property is also home to a guesthouse framed by olive groves and mountain views- perfect for a weekend away.
Located in the Pokolbin parish of the Hunter, Ivanhoe wines is run by fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Drayton and is home to vineyards with the Hunter’s signature Semillon and Shiraz grapes. The wines at Ivanhoe are truly unique and expertly made, so you can find all the classics, as well as something new. Considering trying their Chambourcin (pronounced shom-ber-sin), a lesser-known variety that has rich fruity notes and is a lovely easy-drinking wine.
Scarborough Wine Co.
Family run with an authentic rustic vibe, Scarborough Wine Co has a true Aussie feel that makes it worth a visit. Offering both a classic range and an offshoot range of wines to try, this winery has an option for everyone.
Looking for a winery with a view? Briar Ridge is as Instagram-able as it gets. With expansive views from its hilltop vantage on Mount View, this winery is highly rated in the Halliday Wine companion and boasts many awards for its wines. The rolling hills and stunning vines make Briar Ridge a great find for any explorer.
Bimbadgen Winery is not only known for their amazing wines, but also their award-winning restaurant Esca Bimbadgen. Their name stems from a local indigenous language meaning ‘place of good view’- fitting for their location which is picturesque and serene. Check out this winery for a lovely meal and excellent photo opportunities.