Top 5 Secret Spots to Visit in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is, quite simply, a haven for good food, good wine and great country views, which we have many examples of in our Hunter Valley weekender. However, if you’re not a local it can be easy to miss out on the secret experiences that can make a trip go from ordinary to truly memorable.

Mount Pleasant chief winemaker, Adrian Sparks, has let us in on his local knowledge and recommended the best secret spots in the Hunter Valley for you to definitely consider on your next visit.

1. Mount Pleasant

Nestled deep within the Hunter Valley, Mount Pleasant is the hidden treasure you need to visit to enjoy a range of award-winning wines over a stunning backdrop of the Brokenback Range. Adrian recommends to “take a tour of the winery, sit by the fire with a glass of wine and let the Mount Pleasant team take you on an unforgettable wine tasting experience.” Adrian also let us in on some secret insider information that a cheese room and store will also be opening on the Mount Pleasant premise, so keep your eyes peeled for this mouth-watering experience. 

Mount Pleasant Wines – 401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

2. Cocoa Nib

Cocoa Nib Artisan Chocolate is for chocolate lovers – and who doesn’t love chocolate? Adrian recommends Cocoa Nib highly, declaring it is a “‘must see’ for lovers of all things chocolate. Located on Hermitage Road, they have an array of different chocolates to try and buy that are handmade using only the finest quality chocolate from France. The shop, located at Keith Tulloch Wine, has always been pastry chef Aymee Slaverio’s dream, and now, we’re all lucky enough to share it with her.

Cocoa Nib – 989 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

3. Hunter Distillery

Hunter Distillery is the only locally owned and operated distillery in the Hunter Valley region, and boasts its use of premium organic raw ingredients to produce our exceptional range of top shelf spirits.  Adrian commends the distillery on its “exceptional range of top shelf spirits, including vodkas, liqueurs, schnapps and their award-winning gin on Broke Road. Visit their cellar door to sample the unique range, there’s a flavour for every taste.”

Hunter Distillery – 1686 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

4. Burgerfiend

After all, what is a Hunter and Bligh guide without a place to eat? Burgerfiend is a locally owned eatery, run by a husband and wife team, and offers quality food sourced from fresh local ingredients. To ensure the best product, they even have a limit on the amount of beef patties made daily. Adrian not only loves their food, but praises their coffee, “While I prefer a burger and some chips on the side on a slow afternoon, many travel here to get the best coffee in Cessnock and some would even stretch to the best coffee in the Hunter Valley.”

Burgerfiend – 1E Cooper St, Cessnock NSW 2325

5. The Vintage Golf Course

The Vintage Golf Course, designed by Greg Norman, sprawls across the beautiful backdrop of the Hunter Valley wine country. Adrian highly commended them on their options they have available, “from a number of accommodation options to the perfect relaxation, rejuvenation and recuperation at the spa facilities, the Château Élan Hunter Valley will have you well looked after.”

The Vintage Golf Course – Vintage Dr, Pokolbin, NSW 2320 Australia