Friday, March 4, 2011

Lovedale Long Lunch

Since we moved to the Hunter Valley in 2007 we have not been able to attend one of the features of the HV Calendar - The Lovedale Long Lunch - due to family births, then birthdays. However in 2011, we will be attending, with bells on!

If you have been to Pokolbin, Lovedale is what Pokolbin probably was 10 years ago, not as full of tourists, and not as many vineyards, but a gorgeous spot, with alot of boutique producers of wine, craft, food, etc. Eventually we want to end up living in Lovedale, on a small farm, lovely!

Lovedale Long Lunch
A bit of background info:


The Lovedale Long Lunch was launched in 1994 to market Lovedale as a premium wine producing area and tourist attraction. Now in its 18th year, it includes seven wineries and vineyards to visit over the Long Lunch weekend.

The Lovedale Long Lunch is a progressive-type lunch where visitors wine and dine their way around the seven participating wineries over the weekend enjoying a glass of wine, gourmet food, fabulous music and art.


The seven wineries participating are:

  • Gartelmann Hunter Estate - we have not yet been to Gartelmann, so are looking forward to trying their wines and seeing their vineyard
  • Wandin Valley Estate - recently sold, we have been to their lovely restaurant for dinner about 18 months ago, again looking forward to trying their wines, the estate is gorgeous, and a popular venue for weddings
  • Sandalyn Wilderness Estate - again we haven't tried their wines, however have had their Shiraz recommended.
  • Swish Wine @ Warraroong Estate - on a new estate, which includes a lovely old homestead, looking forward to trying their Sauvignon Blanc
  • Emma's Cottage Vineyard - we only recently discovered Emma's Cottage, we received a brochure in the mail for a pizza cafe, and went to check it out, and are so glad we did, the vineyard is lovely, and their dessert wine Perfect, is just that. Katie who is there most days manning the cafe & tastings is lovely. And the art gallery including some gorgeous art by owner Megan Barrass is inspiring.
  • Allandale Winery - another on our first time taste list, especially their Verdelho.
  • Tatler Wines - we have been to Tatler Tapas for dinner, highly recommended if you can afford a night out at the higher end of the budget, but the food was delicious with great service.
Each vineyard either has their own restaurant, or have paired with a local restaurant, to provide food to complement their wines, either entree/main or desserts.

The cost of the 'LLL Meal and Glass Package' is $42, for that you receive:

  • 1 x Lovedale Long Lunch Commermorative Glass
  • 1 x Meal Ticket
  • 1 x Dessert/Cheese Ticket
The tickets can be used at any venue to exchange for a plate of gourmet cuisine.  If you're still a bit peckish you can buy additional Meal tickets for $25, or Dessert/Cheese ticket for $10 at any venue.

There are several transport options, incuding bus packages from Sydney, and shuttle bus packages from Lovedale/Pokolbin.

For more info on the Lovedale Long Lunch visit or feel free to contact us at the Hunter Valley Grapevine, as we will be attending and are happy to try and answer your queries or point you in the right direction.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Family & Wedding Pages added to Grapevine

We have just added another couple of pages:

Family Visits to the Hunter Valley

We will list information relevant for families interested in visiting the Hunter Valley, events that are on and attractions that would be suited to families and kids in particular!

Weddings in the Hunter

With weddings in the Hunter Valley being a very popular choice for many, we thought it would be fitting to add some information on weddings in the Hunter.

If you have heard of something happening and it's not listed don't hesitate to let us know and we will add it to the list.

We will be attending as many attractions/events/happenings as possible, and will be reporting back, stay tuned!

If you are a local business interested in advertising your event with the Hunter Valley Grapevine, please get in touch.


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