The Hunter Valley and Pokolbin is Australia’s Napa Valley. Great Australian wines are to be had here, and unlike the United States, you don’t have to pay for tastings. Come visit, and drink wines amongst friendly Australians and kangaroos.
Much of the rolling countryside around Pokolbin is under vine with the traditional varieties Shiraz and Semillon as well as extensive plantings of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and small quantities of Pinot Noir.
The Pokolbin area has a large number of vineyards, restaurants, shops, golf courses and country guesthouses. The Upper Hunter area around Scone is one of the largest horse breeding areas in the world. There are regular events held in the Hunter for visitors, including the Hunter Valley Steam Trains running the first three Sundays of each month and regular scenic cruises on the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie.
If you’ve never made it to the Hunter Valley, I highly suggest it. Whether it’s a weekend trip out of Sydney, or a destination on the horizon, it’s a great place to just ‘get away from it all’. If you go during the summer months, expect thunderstorms that pop up during the late afternoon hours. Fueled by the surrounding landscape, these storms add to the vastness of the valley. It’s also a great way to spend an evening – drinking a glass of wine on the veranda as lightning creeps across the sky.