Weather winter in the Hunter Valley

15 May 2014

Hunter Valley Vineyards Hunter Valley Winetasting

Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we have to weather the weather whether we like it or not. Or so the old saying goes. Be that as it may, there's no reason why we can't find the best place to weather the weather and when it comes to the falling temperatures and frosty mornings of winter, there's no better place to weather the colder weather than the Hunter Valley.

Although the grapevines are dormant during this time of year, the stark contrast between the flowers and grass in the vineyards is still such a wonderful sight to behold. Not to mention, as one of Australia's greatest wine growing regions, the cellar door is always full, with plenty of delicious wine varieties maturing away just waiting for you to visit and crack them open. The clear blue skies and crisp mornings are perfect for snuggling up to an open log fire.

There are vineyards in the Hunter Valley that belong to some of the biggest names in wine including Rothbury, Lindemans, Hardy's, McWilliams, Mc Guigan and Wyndham Estate. When you've had your fill of sampling the local grape juice varieties, a hot air balloon ride is a wonderful way to enjoy a bird's eye view of the patchwork of grape vines below, with a burst of hot air to keep you warm.

At night, as the temperature drops once the sun sinks below the horizon, the gourmet fresh local produce is really showcased by a fantastic range of fine dining experiences. Indulge in hearty meals that combine all the charm of a homemade winter warmer with all the flair of modern gastronomy for an all-round pleasing meal that is, inevitably, accompanied by a range of local wine to complement your palette.

Retire once again to a cosy position in front of the open log fire with an after dinner tipple and you're sure to keep the winter blues at bay.