Destination New South Wales: The Hunter Heritage

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Home to some of the most enjoyable wine and food experiences, Hunter Valley’s local folk take pride in their region’s vast heritage.

By ShuQi Liu

Hunter Valley is Australia’s New South Wales’ gem in the outback. This is home to some of the most enjoyable wine and food experiences. Situated in an idyllic country setting, local folk lead simple lives. They take pride in their region’s vast heritage, serving up fresh produce that is rich in depth, flavours and textures with a smile.

Gourmet food lovers will relish the Hunter’s abundance of locally grown produce. Perfect for any picnic, one can choose cured and smoked meats, pates, relishes, olives and an endless selection of cheeses at the annual Cheese Lovers Festival. Out on the greens, local providores showcase a wide selection of gourmet produce with food samples, games and music.

Visitors get to sample award-winning farmhouse cheeses that range from stinky to creamy, sharp, nutty and vintage. What’s impressive is the number of specialty cheesemakers passionate about providing an array of breathtaking flavours, textures and aromas. The energy is infectious.

For a special morning treat, experience an adventurous morning with Balloon Aloft. Rise with the sun and drift peacefully above the wine country in a hot air balloon. Spot kangaroos hopping through the outback, map out winding roads across the country, and take in sweeping views of the Hunter.

To soak up the sun and experience the Hunter in an up close and personal setting, tour around in a private horse-drawn carriage. Hunter Valley Classic Carriages takes you on a relaxed and idyllic wine tasting journey, past welcoming hospitality options that seem to appear out of nowhere.

Worthy of a Wes Anderson movie, The Convent is an award-winning boutique heritage hotel with contemporary finishings. Bursts of candy colours juxtaposed with opulent fittings create an out of the ordinary destination in the simple outback. 

Just a short horse trot down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, Hunter Valley’s most iconic restaurant. Located in a historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate, the kitchen whips up delicious menu options with ingredients gathered from the rich Hunter hinterlands. Sample creative cuisines paired with excellent wines under whimsical chandeliers, hung over dark wooden beams preserved since the late 1800s.

With charming architecture, terraced vineyards, off the beaten trails and friendly locals, dining al fresco in the Hunter is irresistible. No matter where you are in the wine country, there is always somewhere to stop and soak up the sun as you indulge in a well thought out selection of selection of local tastes and textures.

For a quiet retreat, head over to Chateau Elan at The Vintage. Offering a luxury escape for up to 200 guests, one can wind down amidst tranquil surroundings. The resort is designed with spacious, open plan bedroom and living areas, equipped with plush beddings and en-suite spa baths for elegant relaxation.

This story is part of a media junket organised by Destination New South Wales.

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