Explore Like A Local

Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.

Food / Wine / Vodka Experiences

The Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Whiskey bar Thurs – Saturday 
  • facebook

The Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Slow cooked, pulled pork sandwiches
  • Every Sunday on the Bistro Lawn
  • 12pm
  • facebook

Chateau Elan (POKOLBIN)

Ben Ean / Hunter Belle Cheese Room (POKOLBIN)

  • Cheese & Wine Affair
  • 6 Premium Wines matched with 6 Gourmet Cheeses
  • Sat & Sun 
  • By booking
  • facebook

Ben Ean / Hunter Belle Cheese Room (POKOLBIN)

  • Cheese tasting
  • Fudge tasting
  • Gelato
  • facebook

Hunter Valley Cheese Factory (POKOLBIN)

  • FREE cheese making tutorial 
  • Daily at 11am and 3pm 
  • facebook

McLeish Estate Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Regional Tasting Platter & Premium Wine Tasting
  • By booking only
  • website

Tulloch Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Wine & Chocolate tasting
  • Mystery Wine Tour
  • Discover & Explore
  • Wine Flights
  • Icky Sticky Patisserie & Wine Matching
  • website

Moorebank Vineyard Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tastings
  • Saturday and Sunday only
  • $30/pp
  • Bookings 4998 7610

Peterson House (POKOLBIN)

  • Oyster Bar 
  • Saturday & Sunday 
  • Starting at 10am
  • website

Hunter Distillery (POKOLBIN)

  • Locally made organic vodka, gin, schnapps
  • Open daily 
  • Tastings 
  • facebook

Usher Tinkler Wine and Salumi (POKOLBIN)

  • Salumi and cheese plates available with wine tasting.
  • website

Sutton Estate (HERMITAGE)

Keith Tulloch Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Chocolate and Wine Tasting 
  • Every day by booking only
  • 4998 7500

Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  • Wine Theatre – Everyday 11am and 2pm; Bookings essential - website
  • The Wine School – By appointment - website
  • Grapestomping and Barrel Rolling Experiences; By appointment - website

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (HERMITAGE)

  • Cheese and Wine Matching Experience 11am and 3pm daily
  • Absinthe Ritual – every Friday & Saturday night
  • Progressive Winemakers Tour 
  • website
  • Local Producer Tastings 11am-1pm Saturdays


Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Wine Down
  • Friday Nights
  • Beer, wine, pizza and chicken wings
  • facebook

James Estate Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Twilight Tastings
  • Friday and Saturday
  • From 12 to sunset
  • Wood-fired pizza, local cheese, craft beer, wine
  • 4998-7992

Briar Ridge Vineyard (MOUNT VIEW)

  • Wine Garden with wine and cheese/antipasto platters
  • Comfortable seating in the garden with mountain views
  • Daily by bookings only 
  • website

Ascella Wines – (BROKE)

  • Jack’s Barbeque – book ahead
  • website

Whispering Brook Wines (BROKE)

  • Wine Flight (paid tasting of 6 premium wines)
  • facebook

Margans Family Wines (BROKE)

  • WINE Flight (Paid tasting of 6 premium wines)
  • facebook

iHOP Night Tours

  • Wine and Cheese Lovers Progressive Dinner
  • OR Beeries & Foodies Experience
  • Friday & Saturday nights
  • 3.5 Hours
  • website

iHOP Tours

  • Master Class Tour
  • Sunday thru Friday
  • 5.5 Hours
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off for Pokolbin and Cessnock areas
  • website

Myrtle House (WOLLOMBI)

  • Board game dinners
  • Wednesday Nights