Hi, I’m Annabel Holland, Assistant Winemaker at First Creek Wines in the beautiful Hunter Valley.
I am lucky to work in an amazing destination that is the Hunter and also do something that makes me happy! I love wine. What’s not to love! When I see a glass of wine I see more than the liquid in front of me. This is because I have chosen the path to learn and understand the art of making and assessing wine.
Meet Ben Armstong. He is the highly talented Executive Chef of brand new Villa du Pays restaurant at Leogate Estate Wines owned by Bill and Vicki Widin. Ben is creating a Modern French cuisine with a country feel as well as a dry aged grass fed Black Angus program producing steaks of a very high quality. Recently returned from France where he spent the last 6 years working for world renowned chef’s The Pourcel Brothers. His role as corporate executive chef saw him traveling all over France and the World opening restaurants for the Brothers.
The vineyards are soon to be alive with the sound of floating melodies, scintillating story lines and truly beautiful musical scores led by ABC Classic FM broadcaster, Limelight columnist and all-round musical maestro, Mr Guy Noble. We had a chat with Guy while he is getting ready for the next enthralling installment of Opera in the Vineyards.
It’s hard to believe that the Hunter Valley will soon be decorating itself, ready for the beautiful celebrations of Christmas. The red of the red wines and the green of the grapevines, are of course our naturally occurring decorations. But top that with magical and amazing Christmas light displays, stunning venues and views, and you have the perfect party place ready and waiting for the celebrations to begin!
Hi, I’m Matthew Scaife, Senior Pilot with Balloon Aloft in the Hunter Valley. If you have been to the Hunter Valley before and have been up early in the morning you may have seen me with a basket full of people floating high above the vineyards in one of our colourful balloons.
In my job as a hot air balloon pilot I often get asked a lot of questions about ballooning and how hot air balloons work. So here is a bit of an insight into a day in the life of a balloon pilot with some frequently asked questions.
Are you up for an uber-romantic experience? We took a look at a new villa that will leave you rather awe-struck. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Mount View is one of our hidden gems, Cedars Mount View. As you wind your way through the rolling green hills of Mount View taking in the serenity, you start to get the feeling that you are in for a real treat. If you are looking for a luxurious secluded getaway with your loved one, this might just be the place to go. Not only does the property feature four private and luxurious villas, they have just released a stunning brand new villa, The Edge.