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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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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