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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Pokolbin
160kms - 2:10 hours
Newcastle to Pokolbin
57kms - 1:10 hours
Canberra to Pokolbin
430kms - 5:30 hours
Closest Capital City:
Sydney NSW 160kms
Closest Airport:
Newcastle
Activities: Golf, Wine Tasting, Horse Riding, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Bush Walking, Bird Watching, Art Galleries, hot Air Ballooning, Aerobatics
 
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About Pokolbin

Pokolbin is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. This area is well known for its world class wines with several being well over one hundred years old. Pokolbin is Australia's oldest commercial Wine Producing Area with many large and small boutique wineries.

The vineyards of the Lower Hunter a paradise for wine lovers. It is a picturesque area with vines covering the rolling green hills. And for those who have no interest in viticulture there are many tourist activities apart from wine tasting available including browsing quaint antique shops, sampling the local produce in the many fine restaurants, hot air ballooning, wine tasting, golf and horse riding.

Pokolbin is not a town as such. There is no central point and it is more an area bisected by a number of roads along which house picturesque vineyards and complimentary businesses, including accommodation, restaurants, galleries, nurseries, and gift shops.

Vineyards began to become a serious business in Pokolbin from the late 1870s but the depression of the 1890s dealt the industry a blow which was further crippled by the influx of cheaper wine from South Australia. It was not until the 1960s that the wine industry of the Lower Hunter really began to boom.

The area's wineries and other venues are very well sign posted at every major intersection. Maps of the vineyard locations are also available from the local information centres.

Wineries open to the public include:

Mount View Road Wineries - Mount View Estate, Jackson's Hill Vineyard, Petersons, Briar Ridge Vineyard, Farrell's Limestone Creek Vineyard

Marrowbone Road Wineries - McWilliams Mount Pleasant Winery, the first vineyard was established here in the 1880s, supplying local vignerons with wine grapes but it was not until the 1920s that wine making on the property began.

Pokolbin Mountain Road Wineries - Reg Drayton Wines, Tinklers Vineyard

McDonalds Road Wineries - Hungerford Hill, Lindemans, Pokolbin Estate Vineyard, Tamburlaine Wines, Brokenwood

Broke Road Wineries - Oakvale Winery, Chateau Francois, Tyrrells Winery, Blaxlands Winery, Kevin Sobels Wines, Lake's Folly, the Hunter Valley Wine Society

Gillards Road Wineries - Honeytree Estate Wines, Scarborough Wines, Constable and Hershon Vineyards

Palmers Lane Wineries - Little's Winery, Carindale Wines, Moorebank Vineyard, Calais Estates

Halls Road Wineries - Peppertree Wines

Hermitage Road Wineries - Hardy's Hunter Ridge Wines, The Hunter Estate Winery and Cellars, The Hunter Resort, Mistletoe Wines, Montagne View Estate

Old North Road Wineries - Pendarves Estate, Murray Robson Wines,

Deasys Road Wineries - Marsh Estate, Terrace Vale

Wilderness Road Wineries - Fraser Winery, Sandalyn Wilderness Estate, Wandin Valley Estate

Lovedale Road Wineries - Capercaille Wines, Allandale Winery

Climate

The Hunter Valley has a mild climate ideal for vineyards. The average monthly maximum and minimum temperatures for the year are:

  Max (Celsius) Min (Celsius)
January 30 17
February 29.5 17.5
March 27.5 15.5
April 24.5 11.5
May 21 9
June 18 6
July 17.5 4.5
August 19.5 5
September 22.5 8
October 25 11
November 27 13.5
December 29.5 16

Getting there

By Car
From Sydney the Hunter region is just 2hours north and easily accessed via the F3 freeway. Expressway from the Northern suburbs of Sydney will take you all the way to Newcastle. To access the Hunter Valley vineyards turn off the expressway to Cessnock and follow the New England Highway.

By Coach
Coach services are available to the Hunter Valley with several companies including Greyhound and McCafferty’s Express.

By Air
Fly to Newcastle and hire a car (prior bookings are essential). Small air fields are also located at Rutherford, Maitland and Cessnock.

By Train
Countrylink services are available from Sydney to Maitland Railway Station. Reservations are required.

Accommodation

Pokolbin offers a wide range of accommodation including guesthouses, villas, self contained cottages and charming bed & breakfasts.

More Information

For more information about Pokolbin visit:

Hunter Valley Wine Country - http://www.winecountry.com.au/

Hunter Regional Tourism Organisation - http://www.huntertourism.com/

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