No doubt, Hunter Valley is a wine region and true that you do need to be somewhat into wine to really enjoy and appreciate this wine country. I’ve been to Hunter Valley numerous times and seriously thought that I’d only need to visit this region a couple few more times then I am done, I’d have seen it all and no need to come back again. Unless your name is James Halliday and have visited all 150 wineries in the region, if not then my friend, there are still over 6,000 hectares of vineyards for you to unearth.
Hola from the Hunter Valley! No, not the Hunter Valley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is, in fact, the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. As we made our way up the drive of Casa La Vina we half expected the Three Amigos to be facing down El Guapo’s men in the bell tower. But this place is anything but Western schtick. I can honestly say this is the best accommodation I’ve ever stayed.
Wine has been produced, in some form or another, for about 7000 years. Remarkably, it was only in the last fifty years that someone discovered that the vessel from which you drink wine radically affects its flavour, aroma and overall profile. That person was 9th generation of the Riedel family, Claus J. Riedel.
Set among the vineyards, Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is a great destination to bring the whole family for some fresh air and sunshine among the vineyards. Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is located in Pokolbin on the corner of Broke and McDonalds Roads. You are right in the middle of the action with the Hunter Valley Gardens just across the road and only minutes to other cellar doors, restaurants and activities.
Every year, Vintage (the time when the grapes are picked) brings with it a build up of excitement, nerves and anticipation for all the producers in the region. The month of February is a busy one, for our family at McLeish Estate winery it is all hands on deck with family, friends and an eager vineyard team all ready for Vintage 2013 harvest and processing of the grapes in the winery.