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Hunter Valley: Tulloch Wines & Usher Tinkler

January 16, 2017
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Hi All! This past Saturday we decided to spend a day in the Hunter Valley to explore a few new vineyards. Who could say no to wine right? Patrick’s brother Chris and his girlfriend Katie had come down from the Nothern Territory to visit us in Newy for few weeks and one of the activities we had planned was to visit the vineyards of the Hunter Valley.

Since we had a larger group (10 people) we booked into visit three vineyards throughout the day and end it with dessert at our favorite dessert bar. It was decided that we will visit Tulloch Wines, Usher Tinkler Wines & Glandore Estate Wines. I have previously been to Tulloch (as it is one of our favorites), but the other two vineyards would be welcomed new additions. We rented a bus, Patrick being the legend he is volunteered to be the driver (Don’t worry I volunteered to drive the next night so he could have a few beers 🙂 ) so that we could all travel to the Hunter Valley together in one vehicle. After picking up the bus/van we went to pick up the rest of the party and head off to the valley.

We rented a bus, Patrick being the legend he is volunteered to be the driver (Don’t worry I volunteered to drive the next night so he could have a few beers 🙂 ) so that we could all travel to the Hunter Valley together in one vehicle. After picking up the bus/van we went to pick up the rest of the party and head off to the valley.

We were a little early for our first tasting so we decided to head up the hill and show Chris and Katie the view from Audrey Wilkens, which is just amazing in person I don’t feel my pictures ever do it justice. Never the less I took a few shots of the vines anyway.

I apologize in advance as it was quite overcast in the morning so the light for the photos isn’t that great, but I guess what can you do ?

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Audrey Wilkens vines

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Tulloch Wines

Our first tasting was with Tulloch Wines at 10am . We had an awesome British guy named Stu be our tasting guide, he kept us laughing the whole time and gave us some great info about Tulloch wines. We drank our wine accompanied by a delicious cheese platter and at the end of the day I definitely spent the most of my money here. My parents loved this vineyard when they came to visit last year so of course, I had to buy them a few things for when I travel back to America.

Tulloch Wines

Tulloch Wine Room

Tulloch Wine Truck

Tulloch Wine Tasting

 

Usher Tinkler Wines

Our second stop was Usher Tinkler Wines, which just happened to only be about 5 minutes up the road. This winery is based in an old church and it is absolutely beautiful. The wine was great, but the meat and cheese plates that they do are AMAZING!!! I don’t think I have ever eaten that much cheese in my life, I was so happy. If you visit Usher Tinkler GET THE MEAT AND CHEESE PLATES!!!!! Unfortunately, the meat and cheese platters were empty by the time I remembered to take a photo, but I have added one from their instagram page to give you an idea of their amazingness. They also do a really delicious port and it comes in an awesome bottle, I ended up buying one for my dad as he has really gotten into port wines.

Usher Tinkler Church

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Wine Tasting Usher Tinkler

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Glandore Estate Wines

Unfortunately,  I forgot to take photos at Glandore Estate Wines :(. So here is one from their Instagram page as well. Out of all the wineries, Glandore was my least favorite as I didn’t really find much I liked, but other people did so it was good for them. Next, we were off to Sabor Dessert Bar!

 

Sabor Dessert Bar

Another disappointing aspect of the day, it was CLOSED! I was so sad I really wanted dessert. But for those of you wondering was kind of desserts this place makes I have a photo from a previous visit to get you drooling. Sabor is one of our favorite places and everyone we take raves about it afterwards. You can either sit down and eat or you can get a dessert to take home for later.

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I hope I have given you some inspo for your next wine adventure! To read about one of the best restaurants’ to eat at in the Hunter Valley check out my post Drinking Wine in the Hunter Valley!

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10 Comments

  • Reply Drinking Wine in the Hunter Valley - The Mind of Court January 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

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  • Reply Tamar January 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Looks fantastic! the food, the wine and the vibes 🙂 Would love to do it one day 🙂

  • Reply Vibeke January 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Looks amazing. So good you got to taste it and went with a funny guide. I did a wine tasting tour in Barossa Valley in Australia it was so nice. 😊

  • Reply Chloe January 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    My partner is from the Hunter Valley! I’ve only been there once though and I was pregnant! So no wine tasting for me haha

  • Reply Bruce Schinkel January 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Sounds like some great wineries here, really makes me want to return to the Hunter Valley to visit them! It’s been a few years since I was last in that area … definitely time for a return trip

  • Reply Tisha January 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    You all seem to have a lot of fun! The place looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply John January 18, 2017 at 2:44 am

    That dessert bar looks amazing, a shame it was closed. I would love to go on a wine tour like this some day!

  • Reply Kylie cre8tone January 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Such a great place to go for grape and wine… Would love to go to hunter valley if got chance..

  • Reply Ance Antovska January 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Sounds like great wineries. You inspired me to do my wine adventure soon !!! Thanks for sharing.

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