Before we moved to Australia, we lived in Cape Town, South Africa where we were extremely spoilt with amazing wine farms just an hours drive away. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Somerset West in the Western Cape arguably have some of the best wine farms and tasting rooms in the world!
This being said, we were looking forward to our trip to the Hunter Valley which is Australia’s oldest wine region – we were not disappointed. The Hunter Valley is just an hours drive from Sydney. The region is best known for their Chardonnay and Shiraz and we soon discovered why!
Over the December holidays, we took a family trip to explore the Hunter Valley wine region. We booked a 5 bedroom villa with a pool and gorgeous views of the valley and from there we did a couple of day trips to wineries. Here are some of our favourite Hunter Valley wine farms that we visited.
If you enjoy a casual atmosphere and delicious juicy wines, then Piggs Peake is just the place for you.
Pete, our very friendly and funny host had our tasting lined up in their cellar. We tasted almost all of their extensive list of wines and absolutely loved everything. They do not take the winemaking too seriously and all their wines have very quirky and funny names. A joint-favourite by the whole group was the Pigs Blood a blend of Hunter Valley Chambourcin and McLaren Vale Shiraz.
A family-run boutique winery in the Broke-Fordwich region. We absolutely loved this farm and can safely say it’s our favourite farm that we have been to in Australia this far. Krinklewood is a biodynamic winery and is managed in a wholistic and sustainable way without the use of any chemicals.
As we were there on a beautiful summers day, we had our tasting in their Provencal style garden under the umbrella with chickens and peacocks roaming freely. The staff here were wonderfully friendly and helpful and to top it all off, their wine is absolutely delicious! They also offer a cheese and meat platter to enjoy with their wines. We loved their Basket Press Chardonnay and cannot wait to return to this winery!
A casual indoor wine tasting area with friendly staff and a large variety of delicious wines. I don’t think there was one wine that we didn’t enjoy. We once again tasted almost all of their wines. They have some delicious reds, whites and dessert wines. Our favourites were the Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay and the Sticky Wicket Semillon a lovely dessert wine that pairs perfectly with Biscotti.
The tasting room at Capercaillie overlooks a farm dam filled with a host of birdlife including spoonbills and ducks with their chicks. We opted to have our tasting outside at a long table with views of the valley. We tasted everything on their tasting list as well as a few extras and had a tough time choosing our favourites as everything was just so good, with elegant and delicate flavours.
Our favourite wines at Capercaillie were The Clan a traditional style old world blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and sometimes Cabernet Franc (we now have a bottle of this in our cellar which we will save for our 10th wedding anniversary). Another favourite was The Creel, their flagship, iconic Hunter white wine.
We trust you enjoyed this list of our favourite Hunter Valley wine farms.
We hope to head back to the Hunter Valley later this year to visit our favourite farms and try a few others. Let us know if you have any suggestions of places to eat, taste wine and sleep.