Two hours from Sydney is the picture-perfect Pokolbin, arguably the heart of Australia's internationally renowned Hunter Valley, nearby seaside Newcastle and the charming Maitland. To take advantage of less rain than the New South Wales coastal destinations, but with a rivalling summer sun, book a hotel in Pokolbin and begin your next gourmet food and wine escapade.
Before you crack into the local wine, begin acquiring delectables for your picnic at The Hunter Valley Cheese Company. Observe an educational talk every day, sample some of the produce for free, or book in for a group tasting and lunch.
The Hunter Valley Resort offers plenty of tantalising tastes to stupefy your senses. At the Matilda Bay Brewhouse you can sip your way through twelve different quality brews, including Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Fat Yak and Dirty Granny Cider. At the same resort, book into the Wine School for an exciting two-hour learning session on how grapes grow, the history of wine and more. Afterwards you get to take home a personalised Wine Appreciated Certificate to treasure your experience.
Of course, no trip to the Hunter Valley is complete without sampling from the local wineries. Relax whilst drinking the highly rated Shiraz at Lambloch Estate, meander through Saddlers Creek Wines and see why their Bluegrass Cabernet Sauvignon is award winning or satisfy yourself with the organic and biodynamic range of wines available at Macquariedale Organic Wines. When you have finished with those, there are still over 120 other wineries nearby in the region!
Tours and Attractions of Pokolbin
Continuing on a food and wine journey, Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours and Kitchen offers a range of unique tours around the valley, including a Cheese and Wine Experience and the Food and Wine Lovers Tour. They also have their own exquisite kitchen that serves up the best in both local and international produce at very reasonable prices.
Multi-award winning Balloon Aloft is ready to take you and your romantic partner into the skies to truly see it all. Beginning at sunrise, float around the Hunter Valley to bask in the breathtaking sights of this stunning region before landing for a delicious breakfast at Peterson House Winery and Restaurant. Also available is the Australian Alpaca Barn - a great store for silky soft rugs, sweaters, ponchos and plenty more to take home as a gift.
Accommodation in Pokolbin
Luxury Pokolbin accommodation is synonymous with Mercure Hunter Valley Resort. Not only does this splendid resort feature its own great amenities such as a heated swimming pool and sauna, it's also within walking distance to everything you could want in a Pokolbin getaway. Two Fat Blokes is 200 metres away, along with The Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Tempus Two Winery and Oishii Japanese and Thai Restaurant. Not to mention the pristine Hunter Valley Gardens, which showcase eight kilometres of serene walking paths through 60 acres of luminous and wonderful garden settings. Mercure Hunter Valley Resort really is the Pokolbin hotel to choose for both convenience and quality.