Hunter Valley Wineries: Eight to Visit With the Kids
If escaping to a stunning Hunter Valley winery with your friends is out of the question because, you know, you're a parent now, we've got some brilliant news: there is such as thing as a kid-friendly winery, and the Hunter Valley is full of them!
Sydney's closest wine region, the Hunter Valley - famed for its gorgeous landscapes, stunning drives, picturesque golden hours and, of course, delicious varieties of wine - is home to an array of kid-friendly wineries that will fulfil all of your weekend-away ideas.
Eight Hunter Valley Wineries to Visit With the Kids
1. Elbourne Wines
Elbourne Wines is a boutique, family-run winery renowned for its Chardonnay and Shiraz varietals. Wine tastings are strictly held by appointment only at the vineyard and are conducted by the owner/grower to give an entirely authentic Elbourne experience.
Many visitors (particularly those not of legal drinking age!) also enjoy visiting the vineyard's collection of farmyard animals including Wessex Saddleback pigs, Black Suffolk sheep, horses and ducks. The owners also generously allow visiting smalls to play on their children's play equipment, making it the epitome of a family-friendly winery experience.
Visit the Elbourne Wines website for more details.
2. Briar Ridge Vineyard
Not only is Briar Ridge Vineyard kid-friendly, but it's also pet-friendly - meaning there will often be distractions for your children in the shape of the Briar Ridge staff's dogs! There are plenty of outdoor areas that are perfect for bringing a ball or playing lawn games and whiling away the afternoon whilst the adults sip the boutique collection of wines. There's also colouring in!
If the wine and the child-friendly attitude weren't enough to persuade you to visit this Hunter Valley winery, the delicious cheese and antipasto platters are likely to sway you.
Visit Briar Ridge Vineyard online for more information.
3. Tulloch Wines
One of the Hunter Valley's original wine families, with over four generations behind the iconic vineyard, Tulloch Wines have been crafting incredible wines for over 125 years. They offer hands-on cellar door experiences to delight your senses including their signature Wine Tasting, Wine Tasting paired with local handmade chocolates and a Mystery Wine Tasting Experience with local cheese and charcuterie.
While you indulge in your sampling adventure, little connoisseurs can revel in a specially prepared Junior Tasting Experience with 4 different soft drinks and 4 matching snacks or a Teens Kombucha Tasting with a selection of Mailer McGuire specialty Kombucha paired with a local cheese box.
Book your Tullochs Wine Experience now!
4. Ivanhoe Estate
Nestled in Pokolbin, and stretching across the foothills of the majestic Brokenback Mountain range, the Ivanhoe Estate is a patchwork quilt of vineyards and has become one of the most popular wineries in the Hunter Valley. Famed for their Shiraz and Semillon but offering a host of other varieties that are just as impressive, Ivanhoe is the ideal Hunter Valley winery to spend an afternoon with family and friends.
There's colouring in and lots of space for the little ones, and they'll love playing frisbee or ballgames on the lawn (just remember to bring your own!), while parents enjoy a glass of wine or two at the Cellar Door.
To book a visit to Ivanhoe Estate, visit their website.
5. Vines Restaurant at Hollydene
The ideal spot for a long lunch with friends and family, Vines Restaurant at Hollydene has a dedicated kids menu that boasts all of the kids' favourites, as well as a large, lush lawn to play on and a huge toy box that they'll love diving into!
For the adults, there's an extensive gourmet menu that will delight even the fussiest of eaters, alongside stunning surrounds that make for a fun, family day out.
Visit the website for Vines Restaurant Hollydeane menu and opening hours.
6. Drayton's Family Wines
The Drayton family is one of the oldest wine families in Australia, and this expertise is heavily showcased in the Drayton Family Wines Cellar Door offering. While the grown-ups sip their way through some stunning glasses of the Hunter's finest, kids will adore spending some time in the shaded grassy areas out the front of the winery.
Visit the website to plan your visit to the Drayton Family Wines cellar door.
7. Saddler's Creek
Compelled by a love of fine wine and horses, the top-rated Saddler's Creek Wines was established in 1990 and remains a boutique, family-owned winery with a reputation for crafting premium quality wines, in particular their signature full-bodied reds.
Their Pokolbin Cellar Door is open 7 days for their Premium Wine Tasting Experience with kids tasting paddles available too! Plus, weekends are a hive of family fun at the winery with live music and a local food truck serving up delicious stone-baked pizzas in the lush outdoor lawn area.
Find out more about Saddler's Creek Hunter Valley Winery and Cellar Door.
8. Hunter Valley Winery Bike Tours
Get the kids involved with your trip to Hunter Valley wineries by taking a winery tour by bike! Grapemobile offer accompanying BMX's, tag-along Trail-a-Bikes and baby seats for the little ones in attendance!
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