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The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions and takes in an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres. It is bordered by mountain ranges, all of which are part of the Hunter River system catchment. The upper Hunter (around Scone, Murrurundi and Merriwa) is undulating country while the lower Hunter (Maitland, Cessnock) is reasonably flat country, some of which lies in the flood plains of the Hunter, Paterson and Williams Rivers. Much of the economy in the Hunter region is based upon mining, light industry, steel production and agriculture.

Only a two hour drive north of Sydney, a car is recommended if you plan on exploring the Hunter Valley during your stay. Cessnock is the southern gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region. Pokolbin is located about six kilometres west of Cessnock and is the major centre in the region. With plenty of beautiful accommodation, restaurants and live entertainment, it is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.

Tyrrell’s Wines manage a large number of vineyards throughout the Hunter Valley in NSW, totaling just over 500 acres. The majority of the plantings are semillon and shiraz, for which the region is renowned. The winery is based in Pokolbin and is the home of Tyrrell’s Wines, with the original slab hut built in 1858 still standing. The Cellar Door is located at the same address and is open seven days a week with daily winery tours operating at 10.30am.