You: What’s on in the Hunter Valley this weekend?
Us: Hold our wines.
You know the Hunter Valley for its stunning scenery, delicious wine tastings and exquisite fine dining, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s actually a whole range of fabulous events taking place in this picturesque pocket of the world.
Whether prepping a weekend away, planning for the festive season or locking in some exciting Hunter Valley activities for next year, our beautiful region has you and your loved ones covered for all the best wining, dining and entertainment extravaganzas.
Here, we’ve compiled the ultimate Hunter Valley events guide to get you started on your Wine Country plans. Now that’s something to say cheers to!
There’s never a bad time to visit the Hunter Valley. Drive away from the city and let the gently rolling hills envelop you in serene Wine Country as you gear up for a day of tastings, tours, live music and more.
Our Cellar Door has plenty on offer to suit every palate year-round. Visit us for a special occasion, a weekend getaway with the gang or a much-needed mid-year splurge and we’ll treat you with the finest spoils direct from our vineyard and kitchen.
Enjoy sunset sips and live music at our Terrace Wine Bar, the perfect place to wine-down before dinner at The Wood or gear up for a concert in the Hunter.
Wander over on a Friday afternoon for great live music from up-and-coming indie artists. Indulge in a crisp Semillon or rich Shiraz while sharing in a photo-worthy charcuterie board and freshly shucked oyster platter.
Heading out to a show in the Hunter later? Hop aboard our complimentary shuttle service and we’ll ensure a smooth, streamlined experience for you and your crew.
Check out who’s stepping up to the mic next at the Brokenwood gig guide.
When: Fridays and Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm year-round
Where: Brokenwood Terrace Wine Bar, Pokolbin
When it comes to wine tastings and tours, no one does it better than Hunter Valley wineries. Brokenwood has a range of experiences on offer throughout the year that provide a tantalising treat for the senses while offering an inside glimpse into our historic Cellar Door.
When: Various times daily
*Soil to Cellar bookings on request
Where: Brokenwood Cellar Door, Pokolbin
Image source: Hunter Valley Gardens
Warmer weather, longer days, fairy lights and festive carols. Christmas is well and truly on its way, and we are here for it!
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with these must-do family-friendly activities in the Hunter Valley.
The Hunter Valley Gardens annual Christmas Lights Spectacular is back for another year of dazzling displays, wild rides, roving entertainment and scrumptious bites. Located right next door to us, this iconic Christmas festival is a local favourite that attracts visitors from far and wide.
With over three million Christmas lights, a 14 metre Christmas tree, 8 metre tall gift stack and giant illuminated Santa to match, this is every little one’s Christmas wish come true!
Immerse yourself in a world of sparkling magic and festive cheer this Christmas.
Image source: Wine Machine
Did you know that two of Australia’s biggest music festivals take place in the Hunter Valley?
Kicking off early next year, Wine Machine and the Red Hot Summer Tour are set to stir things up in Wine Country. Book your passes, plan your festival wardrobe and gather your friends for the ultimate blend of music, food and wine.
Sprawl out in splendour at Wine Machine, an extravagance of Australia’s best live music acts, finest wines and most delicious eats.
Dubbed a ‘garden-party picnic by day, fiesta by night’, this incredible festival features a jaw-dropping 2023 line-up including Lime Cordiale, Vera Blue, Touch Sensitive and The Kite String Tangle.
Setting up camp at the beautiful Dalwood Estate, Wine Machine at the Hunter Valley is looking to be an unmissable bespoke festival event.
It’s getting hot out there in the Hunter, but in the best way possible, of course. The Red Hot Summer Tour is back and raring to go in a matter of months for a raucous day of Australia’s best in Rock n’ Roll.
Taking place at the nearby Roche Estate, this iconic tour features Aussie Rock legends Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, Missy Higgins, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more. Enjoy your favourite wines while escaping to the larger-than-life musical genius of our country’s most beloved acts.
Image source: Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival
When it comes to the Hunter Valley, there’s nothing that captures the true spirit of our beloved Wine Country more than these two fabulous events.
These fan favourites are cherished by locals and tourists alike, showcasing the region’s finest in winemaking, food and wares.
If you’re on the hunt for local hidden treasures or one-of-a-kind gifts, the Handmade in the Hunter Markets will not disappoint. Known as the region’s only source of 100% handmade goods, Handmade in the Hunter boasts some of the finest art, woodwork, glass pieces, jewellery, home décor and fresh produce in New South Wales.
This ‘meet-the-maker’ market encourages guests to meet and speak with local artists, allowing you to experience each carefully crafted piece from its grass-roots origins through to its heartfelt sale.
Immerse yourself in the Hunter’s vibrant creative community while discovering a wide variety of unique treats and treasures. Be sure to reserve a few hours to allow for plenty of relaxed wandering through its labyrinth of stalls.
Upcoming dates: Saturday 17th December 9am-2pm, Tuesday 27th December 9am-2pm, Wednesday 28th December 9am-2pm. Be sure to check the market schedule for updated information.
Where: Sobels Wines, Pokolbin
Formerly known as the Hunter Valley Wine Festival, this lively community event celebrates the best in local winemaking, gourmet food and live entertainment.
The Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival brings together the best in the biz for a day of action-packed revelry in picturesque Pokolbin. Hear expert talks, enjoy live music, experience premium wine, beer and cider tastings and indulge in exquisite food. There’s plenty for the kids to enjoy, too, with children’s activities sprinkled throughout the festival all day.
2023 exhibitors have yet to be announced, but you can be sure that many Hunter Valley vineyards will be represented on the day.
You’ll come for the food and wine but you’ll stay for the sense of community. There’s so much going on in our gorgeous region, from wine tastings and Cellar Door tours to music festivals and markets.
Whether visiting for the festive season or a casual weekend getaway, there are plenty of Hunter Valley events to please every palate.
Start at our Terrace Wine Bar for drinks and hope aboard the shuttle (available Friday & Saturday from 3:30pm) to get to your next destination!
Interested in hosting a private event at Brokenwood Wines? Complete our online form so we can make the occasion extra special for you and your guests.