Pokolbin is located in
the heart of the Hunter Valley. This area is well known
for its world
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
by a number of roads along which house picturesque vineyards and complimentary
businesses, including accommodation, restaurants,
and gift shops.
to become a serious business in Pokolbin from
the late 1870s but the depression of the 1890s dealt
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.
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
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.
Road Wineries - Reg Drayton
Wines, Tinklers Vineyard
Wineries - Hungerford Hill, Lindemans, Pokolbin Estate
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
Wineries - Honeytree Estate Wines, Scarborough Wines,
and Hershon Vineyards
Wineries - Little's Winery,
Carindale Wines, Moorebank Vineyard, Calais Estates
Halls Road Wineries -
Wineries - Hardy's Hunter Ridge Wines, The Hunter Estate
Winery and Cellars, The Hunter Resort, Mistletoe Wines,
Old North Road
Wineries - Pendarves
Murray Robson Wines,
Deasys Road Wineries -
Fraser Winery, Sandalyn
Wineries - Capercaille
The Hunter Valley has a
mild climate ideal for vineyards. The average monthly
maximum and minimum temperatures for the year are:
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.
Coach services are available to the Hunter Valley with several companies
including Greyhound and McCafferty’s Express.
Fly to Newcastle and hire a car (prior bookings are essential). Small
air fields are also located at Rutherford, Maitland and Cessnock.
Countrylink services are available from Sydney to Maitland Railway Station.
Reservations are required.
a wide range of accommodation including guesthouses,
villas, self contained cottages and charming bed & breakfasts.
For more information
about Pokolbin visit:
Hunter Valley Wine Country - http://www.winecountry.com.au/
Hunter Regional Tourism Organisation
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