If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city then book a weekend away to the Hunter Valley, I guarantee it will not disappoint!I’m almost coming up to my one year anniversary as a Sydneysider, yet I hadn’t ventured to the Hunter Valley and for someone who loves wine I was missing out. So off it was on my first adventure to the wine country, the mother land on a hunt for the best wine in the Hunter Valley.
The adventure began on a Friday afternoon as I departed Sydney in the afternoon in order to beat the traffic and as I crossed over the Habour Bridge, I breathed a sigh of relief as the weekend began. Upon arrival at The Carriages, a gorgeous cottage estate in the heart of Pokolbin, the sun was setting and I was beginning to see why the Hunter Valley was so relaxing and that was before I had even sampled some of the amazing wine.
The next morning I awoke to a gorgeous breakfast basket and the sights, smells and sounds of the countryside. Homestyle country lifestyle at its finest! I ate a rather generous portion for brekkie (in order to line my stomach), before putting on my fave new felt hat from Sportsgirl, grabbing my Zara tote and hitting the vineyards in style. Hungerford Hills was the first stop and walking in it was full of couples, holding hands, sampling wines and filling the room with laughter. Did I mention it was 10am? When in the Hunter I suppose. I purchased the Earlybird Rose, a heavenly drop with sweet, subtle textures and naturally perfect with any cheese.
Tempus Two was next and it’s Moscato was simply divine and as I am a natural sweet tooth I knew I’d be leaving with a bottle or two in tow. If there is one thing I love as much as wine, it’s cheese and lucky for me they two go hand in hand. So when you visit Tempus Two be sure to call in to the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop – your one stop shop for deli meats, cheeses, breads, preserves, olives and more. Basically anything you’d require to make a delightful platter, best served with some Tempus Two wine is found in this shop. Did I mention I love cheese? Yum!
The final vineyard was Iron Gate Estate which is hands down one of the most wonderful vineyards I ever laid eyes on (and I’ve been to Tuscany). Every sip at this winery was amazing, I only wish I could have purchased more, however, I settled for the Vordehlo, a crisp white wine with an amazing sweetness and exceptional finish that continues to resonate well after the mouthful has gone down.
After all the wine tasting, some food was most certainly required and I was recommended to try Cafe Enzo (see ratings review below) which was a gorgeous spot at Pepper’s Creek Vineyard where a wedding was taking place and the food was simply sublime! Such a perfect spot for two people to tie the knot and for me to indulge in a little more wine and a delectable prawn pasta that went perfectly with a crisp white wine.
Overall, the Hunter Valley was a fabulous getaway, promising relaxation, indulgence and just a little bit of romance as you fall in love with the wine, the food, the scenery and with the destination itself!