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A Local's Guide to the Hunter Valley

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by Samantha Rose (subscribe)
I'm a self-confessed food and coffee snob who loves exploring, new adventures and finding hidden gems. Follow my food obsession on instagram: Motiveater or via my website
Published June 1st 2015
A Taste of the Hunter Valley
Okay, so I may have been a touch deceptive calling myself "a local". I guess you could call me a momentary resident as I lived in the Hunter Valley for two years. My partner and I move a lot, so when we moved to the Hunter Valley we made a vow to see as much as we could. We sure tried our hardest, it just happened to be a coincidence that the Hunter is filled with cheese and wine.

The Hunter Valley showcases a range of wineries from big name wineries like Lindermans and Tyrell's Vinyard as well as an array of beautiful boutique wineries. Funnily enough the wineries that were my favourites weren't the big names but the family-run hidden wineries.

My all time favourite winery had to be Mount View Estate. The service was never anything but extraordinary and if you are the one stuck as designated driver, the staff will often accompany the wine tastings with cheese, keeping everyone happy. With amazing views, great customer service and delicious wine, it is tough to find a better winery in the hunter valley!

Another winery that I can't go without mentioning is Constable Estate Vinyards. This hidden winery offers a range of wines from Shiraz, Semillon, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Verdelho, to please all palates. This winery also provides fantastic friendly service. A must try is the Botrytis Semillon.

Tempus Two

Another winery you simply can't bypass is Tempus Two. This winery regularly attracts tour buses packed with wine enthusiasts and for good reason. Not only does Tempus Two provide a wide range of wines, it is in prime location next to the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese shop and a few other great restaurants.

Tempus Two
Tempus Two

"So what about the food?" I hear you scream. If I had to name my favourite restaurant it would be Shakey Tables hands down! For the amount of times I have dined there, I did not once leave anything other than satisfied! Shakey Tables offer food to die for, with expert advice on wine pairing (all from the local region of course) and don't even get me started on dessert!

Sabor Dessert Bar

One last place you can't miss is Sabor dessert bar. Sabor opens only over the weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday. You'll want to get in quick as desserts are made for the weekend and once they run out that is it. I may have been the culprit that turned up on Friday afternoons to savour their delicacies. Oh and did I mention that each dessert is carefully matched with a recommended wine or champagne (just in case you want that extra treat).

To be honest, I have only begun to list a few of my favourites, but these are just a few you can't miss.
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Why? To indulge in great food and wine
When: Anytime but Spring and Autumn are best for a milder climate
Phone: 02 49 900 900
Where: hunter valley
Cost: Ranging between $13-$50 per wine
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