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Must Visit Wineries in The Hunter Valley

05 May 2023
5 minutes

Why? Because amongst its many fine features, this park just happens to be close to some of the best wineries in the Hunter Valley.

If you love a drop and the Hunter Valley has always been on your to-do list, these wineries within an easy drive of Lake Glenbawn Holiday Park may see you rush to pack your bags (and make room in the cellar!).


James Estate Wines

An easy drive from Lake Glenbawn, this prominent Hunter Valley vineyard is well worth a visit. Surrounded by the Wollemi National Park, James Estate enjoys sweeping views of the Goulburn River from their spacious cellar door sales and tasting area.

Drop in for a taste from their very drinkable range, and don’t be afraid if you’ve got some friends in tow … group tastings are their specialty.

Small Forest

Savour the creations from Japan’s first female winemaker (and sake connoisseur) Atsuko Radcliffe at this exciting boutique winery less than one hour from Lake Glenbawn. Atsuko makes just four wines — Verdelho, Chardonnay, Rose and Shiraz — and boy does she do it well.

Visit the Small Forest cellar door on weekends between 10am and 4pm for tastings and to drink in their magnificent views. There’s even a gallery with an ever-changing calendar of quality exhibitions.


Two Rivers Wines

For 30 years this premier Hunter Valley vineyard has focused on what they do best: creating quality wines — fresh, flavoursome and fragrant — from premium grape varieties.

Visit their cellar door (open daily from 11am to 4pm) for tastings of their award-winning Semillon and Chardonnay. And when you’re done, relax in their courtyard with a glass of your favourite drop. The views are sublime (as are the cheese platters!).

Hollydene Estate Wines

This pretty-as-a-picture Hunter Valley winery is what oenophile dreams are made of. Beautiful surrounds. Delicious food. And of course, a large variety of wines made with the very best ingredients. From Cab Sav and Chardonnay to Tempranillo and Verdelho, you’re sure to find something that’ll inspire a take-home bottle or two.

The cellar door is open daily from 10am to 4pm, with the renowned Vines Restaurant open daily for lunch, Friday and Saturday for dinner, and Saturday and Sunday for breakfast.


Hunter Distillery

OK so it’s technically not a winery. But we think this place needs to be on your ‘must-do’ list, especially if you don’t mind a drop of vodka, schnapps, liqueur or gin.

Hunter Distillery — just 30 minutes from Lake Glenbawn Holiday Park — is the region’s only certified organic distillery. The cellar door is open daily from 10pm to 5pm, and tastings are available. Just make sure to try their award-winning copperwave distilled gin; perfect for G&Ts.

A stay at Reflections Holiday Park Lake Glenbawn is perfect for those who just want to get away from it all … with its green rolling hills, loads of wildlife and the mighty Lake Glenbawn lapping gently at its doorstep, you’ll relish the peace, serenity and the natural beauty on offer

But if you don’t visit a winery or two while you’re in the Hunter Valley, did you even GO?

Stay at Lake Glenbawn Holiday Park and relish the quaffable delights of this lovely part of the world. Cheers!

All images supplied by Destination NSW.