Top things to do
Ditch the freeway and drive the tourist route (33) through Wollombi. Stop in at the pretty Stonehurst Wines cellar door. Sit around the quirky wooden tables (next to Dr Jurd’s ashes if you like) at ‘the pub’ and quench your thirst with an infamous Doctor Jurd’s Jungle Juice.
If there is only one thing you do in The Hunter Valley, it should be lunch at Bistro Molines. As you meander through the open breezeway, you will be transported to rolling hills of Provence. Request a table on the balcony and say ‘Oui’ to the French inspired fare. Whilst you wait for your meal, step next door to the Tallavera Grove 24 cellar door to decide what you would like to drink with lunch.
Audrey Wilkinson cellar door sits proudly on a foothill of the Brokenback Ranges with a panoramic view. Take time out to browse the free museum in the original winery.
#3 Grape Mobile
Feeling guilty about all the excessive wining and dining? Grape Mobile at Pokolbin Brothers can help – hire a bike and ride the Palmers Lane Eco Wine Trail. The mostly bush trail links six cellar doors and is only 6.5kms long so walking is also an option. Calories in, calories out! You may need your car at the end to stash your goodies from the vintage inspired Come What May, store on Calais Estate.