If you love wine, spirits, cheese or chocolate, the Hunter Valley area has to be on your itinerary for your time in Australia. It’s a popular weekend destination for the young preppy types from Sydney, especially if you are loved up and bring your bae along for the ride. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or a ‘just because’ day, we have got the perfect way for you to spend a romantic day in the Hunter Valley.
Wake up in a beautiful ENVIRONMENT.
The best start to any day, romantic or not, is to wake up in a beautiful room, sip tea in bed and feel in no rush to get up.
At Chateau Elan, you stay in a private villa overlooking the 10th hole of the golf course. It is a gorgeous place where you can relax in luxury and take a breather between all of the tastings that you need to get to in the Hunter Valley.
It’s five o’clock somewhere
Celebrate the end of the work day in India by heading over to Tyrell’s Wines. They have a great tour every day at 10:30. It gives you a little history about the Hunter Valley and Tyrell’s Wines including a peek at the original shack that was built back in the day the first vines were planted. Make sure you bring some suncream as you’ll be out in the field for a little while.
After that, you see the tons of barrels that hold all the previously made wine and then time for the main event – the tasting! The wines are all very delicious, and you definitely need to watch out for the white port. It’s $5 for the tour, which includes the tastings.
Have lunch with a giant wine bottle
Just down the road is Hunter Valley Gardens Village. Take a wander around the place and poke your head into some of the shops (including the all year round Christmas shop). Pick a place to have a bite to eat – our favourite was ‘And The Winner is Oscars’.
While you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to go and take a photo with one of the great Australian institutions – a Big Thing! In this case, it’s a giant wine bottle.
Channel some spirits
Once you’ve soaked up the wine from this morning with some lunch, take a trip to the Hunter Distillery. Here, for $5, you can taste almost any flavour you want in the form of (mainly) vodka, gin or schnapps. The tasting is done out of super hipster test tubes. The distillery is an awesome building, with cool silver pipes and all the colourful spirits laid out behind the bar.
sweet dreams are made of cheese
Cheese is not only my favourite romantic food, it’s my favourite food. Period. So it’s pretty cool that you can head down to the Hunter Valley Cheese Company. A whole shop dedicated to cheese!
They have an amazing tasting platter there, so you can have five cheeses accompanied by fruit paste and crackers. They also produce a really useful tasting notes sheet so you can read all about the yummy cheeses you’re eating. All of this for $7.75 per person.
A balanced diet – wine in one hand, CHOCOLATE in the other
I hope you’re not full, because there is still some more to eat. Head over to Peterson House, which has the brilliant combination of a cellar door and a chocolate shop. The chocolate shop has all the normal fantastic things chocolate has to offer, plus one or two other, more surprising, things.
The cellar door is well known for it’s sparkling wines. The best of which are the sparkling red wines. Sipping some fizzy, delicious, fruity and cool red wine as the scorching Australian heat gives way to the sunset will end out your romantic day with style.
Anywhere you go for dinner is going to be uber expensive. If you’re on a budget, fifteen minutes down the road is Cessnock, where there are many more affordable dining choices. However, if you fancy splashing out, at $100 a head is the four course menu at Muse Restaurant. They even have a speciality vegetarian menu. The menu is based on contemporary Australian cuisine that changes with seasonal availability.
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