The Hunter Valley is world-renowned for its excellent wine, with a style and taste that is unmatched by the rest of Australia and even the world. But if you are looking for a really artisanal experience that truly embodies Australian winemaking, you have to tour the wineries in Lovedale.
Visiting some of the wineries in Lovedale will show you the passion they have for wine. With opportunities to meet the winemakers, owners and even give it a go yourself – you better be ready for a genuinely unique experience. And who knows, you might try something new that may just become your new favourite!
To help you make the most of your visit to the wine valley, here are some wineries that should be on your itinerary.
The Adina Vineyard is an exceptional winery in Lovedale. Though the Hunter’s Valley is famous for its Shiraz’s and Semillons wines, at Adina Vineyard, you’ll also have a nice variety of Cabernet and Pinot Grigio to enjoy as well. Open 7 days you will have no excuses but the visit while you are in Lovedale!
The Adina Vineyard is also famous for its olive trees, which they use to produce everything from skincare products to oils, that are 100% all Australian.
Gartelmann Wines is a must-visit on any Hunter Valley wine tour. It’s a family-run and owned winery that first opened in 1996. Gartelmann is a winery that is known for producing elegant wines, that incorporates old-world winemaking techniques (don’t worry, there are no feet). While you’re there, make sure you try some of the winery’s award-winning Semillon and Shiraz!
The wines at this winery are hand-crafted using grapes from the Lower and Upper Hunter, Orange, Mudgee, and Rylstone regions. And once you’ve enjoyed your tasting at the Cellar door, you can always stop by the Deck Café for a meal paired with one of your favourite wines from your tour.
Wirral Grange Vineyard
Wirral Grange is a boutique vineyard that was started 15 years ago by a couple that had a love for wine and wanted to leave the busy city life behind them. So taking a tour of the Wirral Grange Vineyard is not like any other; you will have plenty of time to really sit and savour their excellent wines.
The Wirral Grange Vineyard is located in a beautiful part of the Hunter Valley, and the owners are very hands-on and dedicated to creating delicious wines.
A family-owned and operated winery, this is a friendly and welcoming place where you can enjoy award-winning wines. This is one of the best Lovedale wineries to visit if you have a few little ones to keep an eye on too, as they offer a range of family-friendly activities along with hampers filled with delicious local produce.
The winery offers a range of hand-crafted wines, but the Rose and Merlot are particularly good. They also provide a range of homemade delicacies you can buy, such as olives, local honey, and some great chilli jam.
Established more than 25 years ago, the winery offers award-winning wines that showcase grape varieties from regions all over Australia. With a wold known winemaker who comes from a long line of vignerons, Capercaillie creates unique blends that emphasise the strengths of each of Australia’s best-growing regions.
Capercaillie Wines has won over 950 wine awards over the years and offers delicious Shiraz, Semillon, and Chardonnay as well as tasty dessert wines.
The Thirsty Palette
As one of the older Lovedale wineries, you have got to know that they are doing something right! The Thirsty Palette is around 40 years old. Over the years, its wines have been crafted by some of Australia’s best winemakers.
A variety of different grapes are grown at this vineyard, which is why it’s become known for Shiraz and Semillon varieties, as well as its ever-popular Moscato. With breathtaking views of the Brokenback Ranges, it is an excellent spot for a lazy picnic.
Sometimes mixing it up and using some modern technology in winemaking can lead to some fantastic results, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience at this winery. The team at Allandale uses state of the art winemaking equipment and have produced hundreds of award-winning wines over the years.
Known for the consistency and balance of their flavours, the wines at Allandale really are spectacular. The two must-try wines at Allandale are the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!
Macquariedale Organic Wines
If you’re interested in trying some organic wine in the Hunter Valley, then why not make a stop at Macquariedale Organic Wines? The first vineyard in the Hunter Valley to receive full Biodynamic Certification, the winery at Macquariedale uses all-natural products to actually improve the soil while growing the grapes.
And the quality of the wine shows that it works. Macquariedale is known for delicious, natural wines with rich flavours, including their delicious Merlot and Dessert wine varieties.
Emma’s Cottage Vineyard
This family-owned, boutique vineyard boasts two and a half hectares of grapevines and the grapes are harvested by hand. This level of care is reflected in both the taste of the wine and the friendliness of the vineyard.
This is one of the smallest Lovedale wineries, but it has a lovely garden and award-winning wines. It also has an art gallery so you can sip your wine while taking in works of art created by the Hunter Valley’s best artists.
DeCapel Wines has been producing classic Hunter Valley wines for more than a decade. It’s a small, family-run vineyard and the grapes are hand-picked by friends and family, ensuring the quality and integrity of every grape.
Known for its Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay, DeCapel Wines has recently added a delicious Rose to its range. If you enjoy supporting Lovedale wineries that put real care and attention into every grape, then you should put this vineyard on your list.
If you’re looking for Lovedale wineries that offer a wide range of wines so you can try everything, then Wandin is for you. One of the most popular wineries in the region, the winery has friendly and helpful staff and a huge range of classic Hunter Valley wines.
This is a popular stop for Hunter Valley wine tasting tours and many of the wines have been critically acclaimed or won wine show medals.
Exploring the Lovedale wineries is an extremely pleasant way to spend your time in Hunter Valley. Not only will it allow you to enjoy some of the best produce that Australia has to offer, but it may also introduce you to your new favourite wine!
If you’re ready to see, drink, and experience the best that Lovedale has to offer, then book a stay today at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for accommodation that’s just as good as the wine you drink.