If you’re an avid foodie, why not spend a day (or two) sampling the gourmet delights of the Hunter Valley on your next holiday or weekend getaway.
Choose to stay right in the centre of it all at Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley or combine a visit to this foodie heaven with a glorious seaside break at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie. Whichever you pick, delicious treats await. Here are some ideas to get your taste buds tingling.
What better way to start your exploration of the Hunter Valley than with breakfast in an enchanting Tuscan-style courtyard. Situated in Peppers Creek Village, Café Enzo has been serving mouth-watering meals for 25 years. Their delicious breakfast boards will set you up perfectly for a day of tastings.
Cellar doors galore
After a lazy breakfast, it’s time to visit some of the area’s 150 wineries and cellar doors. With so many to choose from, your only question will be where to start. Audrey Wilkinson and De Bertoli are both close by and well worth a visit, but it’s hard to go wrong no matter where you choose, so you can plan your route or simply let the fates decide!
Up your cooking skills
For lunch with a difference, skip the predictable winery lunch and make your own at Our Italian Table. Learn how to make traditional hand-rolled pasta, seasonal sauces, bread and dessert in a hands-on cooking class, then sit down to taste the fruits of your labour.
You may be full to bursting but you should definitely take a detour to Keith Tulloch Winery where along with more wine samples, will find Cocoa Nib. Their award-winning artisan chocolates are stunning to look at and even more divine to eat, choose your favourites and tuck them away for later.
Did someone say cheese?
Another treat to pick up along the way are some tasty cheeses to pair with the bottles of wine you will no doubt have picked up along the trail. We recommend getting it straight from the cheesemakers at the Hunter Valley Cheese Company or Binnorie Dairy. It pays to bring a small esky on your travels to keep everything chilled.
Much like wineries, you’re almost spoilt for choice when it comes to dinner locations. Treat yourself to multi-course degustation dining and top-notch fare at EXP. Restaurant or Muse Restaurant, or for something a little more casual, try Muse Kitchen (also at Keith Tulloch Winery). All great choices to end a perfect day.
If reading this has whet your appetite, what are you waiting for? Book that Hunter Valley getaway today at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie or Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley and you’ll be wandering among the vines before you know it.