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Why You Should Add Pokolbin (Hunter Valley) To Your Bucketlist

The Hunter Region itself is quite massive, an area stretching as far as 29,145 km². I, myself, have never explored all 29,145 km² of it.

I do, however, frequent the Pokolbin area at least twice a year. And Pokolbin is where Moe and I tied the knot that one Spring day in September 2011.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should add Pokolbin to your next visit. Even if you have only a day to spare, this is one place you won’t want to miss.

1. Breathtaking views of endless vineyards

Image Flickr: Alex Healing – under Creative Commons license agreement

Image Flickr: Alex Healing – under Creative Commons license agreement

Image Flickr: Mehmet Akyuz – under Creative Commons license agreement

2. Wine tasting

You also get a chance to taste wines that are exclusive to each cellar door.

Iron Gate Winery, Hunter Valley NSW Australia

Wine tasting at Iron Gate Winery

3. What’s wine without cheese

The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory is located next to McGuigan’s Wines, and the Smelly Cheese Shop is located at Tempus Two winery.

4. Taste local produce

As much as we love pub food, we also love fancy to go with our wines.

5. Take a hot air balloon ride over the entire Valley

Hot air balloon, Hunter Valley NSW Australia

First ever Hot air balloon ride over Hunter Valley in 2005

Hot air balloon, Hunter Valley NSW Australia

6. Stay in one of the many accommodation options

I’ve never stayed in a hotel in the region, rather opting for a B&B, cabin, cottage or villa accommodation.

Hunter Valley Resort self-contained cottage

Hunter Valley Resort self-contained cottage

7. Brush up on your photography skills

It’s hard to take a bad photo here. And if you do, have some wine and start over *wink*

Hunter Valley NSW Australia

8. Get married – like we did

We said our vows at Peterson House in front of 82 of our closest and dearest.

Christine Bernasconi Photography

Image: Christine Bernasconi Photography – our official wedding photographer

9. Annual Food and Wine Month (June)

Pepper’s Guest House usually puts on a great selection of wine and desert pairing.

10. Take a stroll in the Hunter Valley Gardens and Gardens Village

Image Flickr: Marc Dalmulder – under Creative Commons license agreement

11. Pack a picnic

Image Flickr: mdavidford – under Creative Commons license agreement

Image Flickr: mdavidford – under Creative Commons license agreement

12. Enjoy a concert

Jazz in the Vines and Lovedale Long Lunch are the more well-known events. This is on my to-do list.

13. Fancy a round of golf?

We recommend Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club and The Vintage Golf Club.

The Vintage Golf Course, Hunter Valley NSW Australia

The Vintage Golf Course

14. Satisfy your sweet cravings

…at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company.

Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

If you’ve been to Pokolbin, share your story below

 

Featured Image: Part of our official wedding photos by Christine Bernasconi Photography 

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9 Comments

  1. Wow this looks amazing! I have added this to my “already too long” bucket list!
    I love that you got married here at this beautiful place. Seems like the perfect place for a wedding!
    I also always wanted to take a hot balloon ride. Your pictures are so wonderful!

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    • Thanks Hanne! Hunter Valley is simply breathtaking – we just got back from a day trip there just now actually hehe

      You must do a hot air balloon ride when you get a chance. It’s so serene up there.

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