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24 March 2023 | Cellar Door | Brokenwood Wines

Uncorking the Secrets: How to Select the Perfect Hunter Valley Cellar Door

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Are you ready to sip, swirl, and savour your way through the picturesque Hunter Valley? Our beloved region is renowned for its award-winning wines, stunning scenery, and charming hospitality. But with so many Hunter Valley Cellar Doors to choose from, how do you select the perfect one for your visit?

Fear not, wine lovers! This guide will help you navigate the region’s wineries like a pro. Whether you're a seasoned oenophile or a casual sipper, we've got you covered to find the best Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley. So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of Semillon, and let's get started.

Start With Research

First things first: research is key. With so many Hunter Valley Cellar Doors available, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start. But don't worry, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an informed decision.

A great place to start is by browsing through local tourism websites, such as the Hunter Valley’s own Wine Country website or our own ultimate Hunter Valley events guide. Here, you’ll find a wealth of information on the region's wineries, including opening hours, tour and tasting options, and special events.

You can also check out reviews on popular travel sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp. Pay attention to what other visitors have to say about their experiences at various Cellar Doors. This will give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of service, ambience, and wine quality.

Dining options are another key element. Which Cellar Door restaurant in the Hunter Valley looks most appetising? Many wineries offer that season’s menu to browse on their website, which is a great way to aid in your decision making. Discover our delicious menu for The Wood Restaurant to get the inspiration going.

Perhaps most important in your research, and yet so obvious it could well get overlooked, is checking when Hunter Valley Cellar Doors open. Be aware of what’s on during the week, when tastings sessions start, and what timing best suits your plans. 

Determine Your Wine Preferences

Before you head out to find the best Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley, it's a good idea to determine what type of wine you enjoy. Are you a fan of crisp, refreshing whites like Semillon and Verdelho? Or do you prefer bold, full-bodied reds like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon?

Knowing your wine preferences will help you narrow down which Hunter Valley Cellar Doors to visit. Most wineries specialise in certain varietals, so it's best to visit the ones that offer wines you know you'll enjoy.

On the other hand, we don’t mind if you’re not sure about your palate preferences. In fact, helping you figure out which wine you like best is one of our specialities here at Brokenwood! Come along to one of our Taste or Match experiences to dive into the world of tastings and pairings. Our experienced staff will guide you through a range of delicious wines, from white to red all the way to a sticky dessert wine, to assist you in finding the perfect varietal for your taste.

Brokenwood tasting pods

Consider the Ambience

While wine quality is certainly important, the ambience of a Cellar Door can make or break your experience. Consider what type of setting you prefer, whether it's a rustic barn or a sleek, modern tasting room.

Almost every Hunter Valley Cellar Door offers more than just wine tastings. At Brokenwood, you can spend the entire day (or even the entire weekend) grazing your way through the various tasting, touring and dining options under our roof. 

Start with a Taste experience at one of our tasting pods and soak in the buzzing atmosphere of good wine and great people. Move out to our Terrace Wine Bar for an afternoon of charcuterie and another glass of your new favourite vino. Gaze out onto the rolling expanse of the Hunter while live music swirls through the air - if you visit us on a Friday or Saturday, that is. 

Wander through the lush grounds for a sensory feast as you stumble across our Chef’s Gardens, full of the fresh produce and herbs that await you for dinner. Head back inside to fill your glass and sink into cosy seating before the fireplace, and be sure to sneak a peek at the barrel room just behind Cru Bar + Pantry.

Follow your nose as the smells of our new seasonal menu waft out of the kitchen. Dinner at The Wood Restaurant is as much a feast of ambience as it is of exquisite food. Let the glowing lights warm you as the sun sets outside. Be enveloped by the lively vibrance of fellow diners and sommeliers alike. Let Brokenwood’s relaxed yet lively pace feed your soul with the best winery experience. This is one Cellar Door restaurant in the Hunter Valley you won’t want to miss.

Check for Special Events

The Hunter Valley is known for its numerous wine festivals and events throughout the year. These events are a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of wines from different wineries in one location, and offer up the perfect excuse for a weekend away to Wine Country (not that anyone needs an excuse, but it’s there if you like).

Check the local tourism websites or specific winery websites to see if any events are happening during your visit. You may even want to plan your trip around a particular festival or event.

Upcoming events in the Hunter include the Red Hot Summer Tour, the Hunter Valley Airshow, the Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival and Wine Machine. If you’ve been lucky enough to snag tickets to these must-visit events, why not extend your stay and visit a few Cellar Doors along the way?

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Finally, don't be afraid to ask questions! Hunter Valley Cellar Door staff are there to help you have the best experience possible. If you're not sure what to taste, ask for recommendations. If you have questions about the winemaking process, book a winery tour to learn the ins and outs of Hunter Valley wines.

Wine tasting is all about exploration and discovery, so don't hesitate to ask for guidance along the way. Being one of the best Cellar Doors in the Hunter Valley, our friendly staff are brimming with knowledge and insights gained over years of work in the wine industry combined with a deep passion for Brokenwood wine. From our hospitable sommeliers to our Head Chef Sean Townsend, every person at Brokenwood is more than happy to answer your questions and impart their knowledge.

Raising glasses at Brokenwood’s Terrace Wine Bar

Sip Your Way Through Brokenwood Wines

Selecting the perfect Cellar Door for your Hunter Valley experience is all about determining what you want to get out of it. Are you after a picture-perfect lookout upon the gently rolling vineyards? Would you prefer an in-depth tasting and tour to immerse yourself in the history of the winemaking culture? Are you searching for particular tastes, both wine and food? Or is a lively and welcoming atmosphere at the top of your list?

Whatever your preference, we know there’s a Hunter Valley Cellar Door for you. And if it really is too hard to choose (we completely understand), why not add a few neighbouring wineries to your itinerary? Just minutes away from Brokenwood sit a string of world-class and delectable Cellar Doors, making our Pokolbin locale the ideal destination for the perfect Hunter Valley visit.

Ready to sip? Book your tasting and dining experiences at our Cellar Door to enjoy the best of Hunter Valley wine, food and atmosphere. After all, at Brokenwood, we’re all about enjoying great wine and having fun. What more could you want? 


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