Discover Hunter Valley’s hidden gems with this guide to the best boutique wineries!
The Hunter Valley is, quite simply, a haven for good food, good wine and great country views. 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.
So whether you’re planning a weekend escape or a wine trail of your own in New South Wales, keep our travel guide handy as we explore the best boutique wineries in the Hunter Valley!
One of our favourite boutique wineries in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley is none other than Audrey Wilkinson. Perched atop the region’s Broken Back Ranges, whether you’re a wine lover or not, this cellar door is a site to see. Famed for their 360-degree views, Audrey Wilkinson is set apart from others thanks top their expansive and equally incredible range of wines. With something for everyone, here you can enjoy a museum tour, picnic and a range of paired wine tastings. Despite being one of the most visited cellar doors in the area, Audrey Wilkinson feels spacious, stylish and welcoming.
Hanging Tree Wines
Found in the heart of Pokolbin, Hanging Tree Wines is one of the most well-kept secrets of the region. This boutique winery in Hunter Valley has 40 acres of vineyard and a quaint cellar door sitting on the scenic ridge of Pokolbin overlooking the Broken Back Ranges. Of course, beyond the charming winery, what makes Hanging Tree Wines standout is their pet-friendly venue, duck pond and meticulous rose garden. Beyond the exteriors, most importantly, Hanging Tree Wines proudly handpicks their grapes to produce a variety of wines including sparkling, white, reds, sweet and fortified varieties. Better yet, tuck in for the night at their onsite Homestead that comfortably sleeps eight guests at a time!
When we think of hidden gem wineries and vineyards in the Hunter Valley, the first that comes to mind is the easy-to-miss Harkham Wines. Despite its small size, Harkham takes pride on its big, whimsical views. Embracing its history and wine production traits, Harkham Wines started out in 1951 and, still today, is family owned and operated. Led by one of Israel’s wine region pioneers in Australia, the Harkham family crushes up to 25 tonnes of grapes a year sourced from their very own organic vineyards. More specifically, they produce a 100% naturally, handpicked, fermented grape juice.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re travelling through the French countryside, a visit to Hunter Valley’s very own hidden gem will do just that. Welcome to Krinklewood Estate! Founded in 1981 by the Windrim family, today Krinklewood is the award-winning biodynamic winery you need to put on your radar. With a secluded, French-inspired cellar door, here you can wander through the Provencal gardens that’s plotted with fountains, sandstone and roaming peacocks. As for the wine, expect a refreshing and equally invigorating blend where organic and biodynamic winemaking truly comes to life.
Mount Pleasant Wines
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 Broken Back Range. Of course, there’s no better way to discover everything Mount Pleasant stands for than by partaking in a tour of the winery. Otherwise, sit by the fire to enjoy a wine tasting experience with a few handpicked nibblies sourced from their very own cheese room!
For more hidden gems to explore, check out our list of Australia’s 6 Most Unique Boutique Wineries to Visit in 2023. Planning a wine region getaway? Check in for the night with our guide to the 13 Best Luxury Winery Stays around Australia of 2023.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land mentioned in our article, the people of the Geawegal Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.