New South Wales' Hunter Valley is the perfect holiday destination for food and wine lovers Australia wide. Situated less than two hours from Sydney and only one hour from Newcastle Airport by car, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's oldest and most distinguished wine regions. You'll marvel at the sight of dozens upon dozens of wineries spread across sweeping vine-lined hills, where generations of experienced family winemakers are still working onsite to produce their signature white and red varieties.
If you've bookmarked this stunning region for your next holiday and are seeking boutique accommodation in the Hunter Valley, Peppers offers two amazing retreats in the Pokolbin area: Peppers Convent and Peppers Guest House. Each with distinct features to fit your unique requirements, either of these impressive accommodation options would make for an unforgettable Hunter Valley retreat experience.
What to do in the Hunter Valley
One of the best things about the Hunter Valley is that there’s no shortage of things to do, see, taste, and experience in the area. There are beautiful natural attractions with hikes and walking trails for lovers of the outdoors and first class health spas for those in need of some well-deserved pampering, as well as quaint and charming small towns in the surrounding area with plenty of culture and history.
The Hunter Valley’s natural attractions
Craving some quality time with Mother Nature? The Hunter Valley Gardens and the Barrington Top National Park are both excellent scenic attractions to explore. Located in the very heart of the Hunter vineyards, the Hunter Valley Gardens boast over sixty acres of blooming flowers, plants and shrubbery set amongst walking paths in a variety of beautiful international gardens. The Barrington Top National Park is a sprawling World Heritage site that features towering rainforests, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking views of the area from its many lookouts. The numerous walking tracks at the park, which range from short scenic strolls to long overnight hikes, are perfect for any fitness level.
Food and wine in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is renowned for its wine, and for good reason. As home to some of the oldest winemaking families in Australia, this region has a long and rich history of expertise, continuing to produce superb wines that attract both local and international visitors to the area. This has resulted in the popularity of activities such as wine and vineyard tours, wine appreciation classes and cellar door experiences, all of which offer visitors a rare glimpse into the workings of this exciting industry and allow them to sample some of Hunter Valley’s choicest wines.
And as you may have guessed, it’s not just the wine that makes Hunter Valley worth visiting. What better way to complement a fine wine than with delicious food? The region is famous for its exquisite local produce, in the form of rich cheeses, cured meats, olives, and olive oils. These delectable delights can be tasted at various restaurants, farmers markets, and food and wine events across the Hunter Valley.
Leisure activities in the Hunter Valley
If you’re in the mood to relax and unwind during your time in the Hunter Valley, there are plenty of leisure activities for you to enjoy with your partner, friends or family. Golf is a popular pastime in the area, with a variety of golf courses in the region designed to suit players of all levels, set against the stunning rural backdrop of the Hunter Valley countryside. Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a relaxing facial or soothing massage by qualified therapists at one of the luxurious day spas in the Hunter Valley.
The Hunter Valley is also building its reputation as host to some of Australia's most spectacular food and wine festivals. The Lovedale Long Lunch and Semillon and Seafood event celebrates the region's world-class wine and food, while appealing musical accompaniment is added to the mix with the Jazz in the Vines and Opera in the Vineyards festivals.
Other areas of interest around the Hunter Valley
Don’t forget to explore other fascinating towns in the Hunter Valley region, all of which feature their own unique attractions. Cessnock, the southern gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region, features some wonderful restaurants and art galleries. Pokolbin, the picturesque town where Peppers Convent and Peppers Guest House are both located, is home to some of Australia’s finest wineries. In Broke you can wander the vineyards to your heart’s content whilst admiring the stunning view of the Yellow Rock escarpment. And in Maitland, you can learn more about Australia’s fascinating cultural history by visiting the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Maitland Gaol.
The Hunter Valley offers a stunning holiday backdrop all year round. As autumn rolls around, the vine leaves turn an intense orange hue and begin dropping from the vines. This season is particularly abundant for photographers who want to make the most of the charming vistas.
As winter covers the vineyards, foodies emerge for Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month, an annual event revealing the region’s rich food and wine culture. The festival invites you to rub shoulders with the territories most celebrated chefs and winemakers, with the option to partake in a range of interactive cooking classes and wine tasting sessions.
During October, music lovers flock to Pokolbin for the annual Jazz in the Vines Festival. Featuring amazing food, great Hunter Valley wine, international jazz artists and an incredible scenic backdrop, this festival is a great way to sit back and take in all the Hunter Valley has to offer.
Summer marks harvest season in the wine territory, making it a lively time to visit this region. During the warmer months you’ll be able to purchase stunning local produce, enjoying a cold glass of your favourite beverage while basking in the sunshine. Harvest begins at the end of February and continues until early March.
Peppers accommodation in the Hunter Valley
If you require accommodation in the Hunter Valley, Peppers Convent and Peppers Guest House offer beautiful, boutique-style rooms and suites and a number of amazing facilities and services for your comfort and convenience. This includes three incredible restaurants, Circa 1876 and Restaurant Eighty Eight at Peppers Convent and Chez Pok at Peppers Guest House, both of which utilise the finest local produce to create mouth-watering regional dishes. There’s also the superb De Vine Day Spa at Peppers Guest House to help you stay feel more relaxed and rested during your stay.
Make the most of your Hunter Valley retreat by choosing Peppers.