If you’re visiting the beautiful Hunter Valley wine region and want to get your hands (and taste buds!) around the certified “good stuff”, then this is the guide for you!

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region and today boasts over 150 winery destinations for our welcome visitors to try. From humble beginnings in Semillon and Shiraz, the region still does our classics well, but we also range out into some amazing Chardonnay and Verdelho. There is even an emergence of European styles growing successfully here including Southern Italy’s Vermentino and Fiano varieties, which still carry the hallmark of a Hunter white being crisp and light with a beautiful dry finish. If reds are more to your liking Spanish Tempranillo and Italian Sangiovese are also producing beautiful wines in the Hunter. Basically, there is something for everyone!

With so many varieties and destinations to consider it can be hard to know where to start, so we have put together a run-down of the best places to visit for an award-winning experience. Luckily, you can plan your visit to some of the Hunter’s favourite destinations across Pokolbin and Lovedale with our Hop-on-Hop-off tours!

Calais Estate

(Hop 1 – Lovedale and North Pokolbin Route)

As well as a Cellar Door located in the charming colonial-style building built from convict cut bricks and solid timber bridging beams, Calais Estate offers sweeping views over their vineyard and Brokenback Ranges. Here you can taste everything from classic wine varieties, to a range of hand-crafted sparkling wines made in the French traditional method. With their cellar door awarded the ‘Best Cellar Door’ in the Lower Hunter Business Awards for five consecutive years, this is one not to miss!

De Bortoli

(Hop 2 – Lovedale and North Pokolbin Route)

The smell of roasted coffee, toffee, sweet raisins and a touch of lemon-peel bitterness will draw you in as you arrive at De Bortoli. These are the aromas of the award winning Black Noble. As the world’s only fortified wine made from the botrytis grape, this wine was the recipient of a gold medal in the highly respected ‘2019 Global Fortified Masters Blind Tasting Competition’.

Hungerford Hill

(Hop 3 – Central Pokolbin Route)

Grab your friends and indulge in Hungerford Hill’s boutique wine tasting experience. Tickle your tastebuds with award winning wine by treating yourself to a bottle of St Vernay Vineyard 2017 Shiraz, awarded 90 points and 4 stars by the ‘Gourmet Traveller WINE Expert Panel’! This light wine has the perfect balance of light peppery fruit, perfect for pairing with a meal from the acclaimed Muse Restaurant offering some of the finest dining in the area with its 2 Chef Hatted status.

Roche Estate; Tempus Two

(Hop 5 – Central Pokolbin Route)

Hop off at Roche Estate and try the Uno Series at the Tempus Two Cellar Door! Winning the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Competition in 2016, the Uno Series represents the very best of Hunter Valley winemaking. Luxurious and elegant, this series comes as a classic medium to full bodied Shiraz. Its perfumed red-berry aroma will encapsulate you, while its long lingering finish will leave you wanting more. After wine-tasting, there is a range of award-winning cheese on offer at Smelly Cheese Shop next to the Tempus Two Cellar Door. Or you can head across the road to McGuigan Wines, who have won International Wine Maker of the Year a record four times! Also across the road is Brokenwood who won 2019 Cellar Door of the Year in the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Awards. This stop is a great place to plan for lunch with Oishii, The Wood Restaurant, and Goldfish restaurants all within reach.

Hart & Hunter

(Hop 13 – Central Pokolbin Route)

Boasting a 4.5-star rating from James Halliday, Hart & Hunter celebrates their 10-year anniversary in 2019. Their grapes are sourced from highly regarded Hunter growers and they have a strong emphasis on single vineyard wines and small batch processing. This approach has served them well with their wines winning a multitude of awards including the ‘Marshall-Flannery Trophy’, the ‘H.J. Lindeman Trophy’ and accolades from the ‘Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers’ Show’ in the past.

Bimbadgen Estate

(Hop 14 – Central Pokolbin Route, Lovedale and North Pokolbin Route)

Relax and take in the views in the Courtyard Cafe while sipping on Bimbadgen Estate’s award winning 2017 Semillon. With a fragrant citrus blossom and lemongrass scent, mixed with a weighty lemon and lime fruit on the mid palate with a fine acid backbone, you’re sure to leave wanting more. This is a style of Semillon which has seen the Hunter region gain international recognition and popularity.

First Creek

(Hop 15 – Central Pokolbin Route)

With an esteemed win of the James Halliday 2018 Chardonnay Challenge – Best Hunter Valley Chardonnay, you mustn’t leave the estate without trying this Winemaker’s Reserve Collection. This collection encapsulates regional and vineyard provenance, winemaking skill and integrity, as well as the essence of the First Creek style resulting in exceptionally rare and special wines. Greg Silkman, owner of First Creek and highly regarded industry leader, won last year’s Hunter Valley Wine Legend Award if you needed any more proof that First Creek is a stop not to miss!

With rich vineyards and olive groves, the Hunter Valley is a popular choice for those wanting to experience award winning wine and craft beer. 

Summer time for the Hunter Valley is often its busiest, with events becoming a regular occurrence. With the great degree of events and showcases emerging, it can become difficult to decide which events to attend. Our Hop-on-Hop-off tours aim to make this a little easier through ease of accessibility to these events; being designed to showcase the best the Hunter Valley region has to offer. 

To make your plans become a reality, we have listed our top Hop-on-Hop-off events this summer in the Hunter Valley.

Roche Estate – Grapevine Gathering 2020 (Hop 5 – Central Pokolbin Loop) 

Set amongst the stunning vineyards, the Red-Hot Summer Tour will return in celebration of 10 years of operation. Indulge while taking in the Hunter Valley and treat yourself to one of the concerts hampers ranging from $20 to $140. Or, simply enjoy the music with ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Hunters & Collectors reuniting to headline the 2020 tour, bringing with them special guests James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera.

Bimbadgen Estate Wines – Sundown Fridays (Hop 14 – Lovedale & North Pokolbin Loops)

Take in the delights of the Bimbadgen Estate while relaxing in their Tuscan inspired courtyard. Pair this with delectable food and a $5 Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm. This is what Sundown Fridays are all about.

Each Friday will bring a new artist to appeal to your music needs, providing live music from 4pm. With guests invited to book dinner reservations at Esca Bimbadgen, it is the perfect Friday plan and start to your wine country weekend away!

Go ahead and enquire now!

De Bortoli Wines –  Hunter Wine Country Markets (Hop 2 – Lovedale & North Pokolbin Loop)

Satisfy your taste buds with food, coffee and wine while observing meticulously handcrafted items at the Hunter Wine Country Markets every Saturday!  Local artisans showcase their work with stalls ranging from food, jewelry, candles, soaps and much more.

Make sure to bring the kids along for a camel ride, or simply to listen to the live entertainment from local buskers in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Lovedale Smokehouse – Majors Lane Cooking School (Hop 7 – Lovedale & North Pokolbin Loop)

Head over to Lovedale Smokehouse every Saturday and Sunday for a fun hands-on outdoor cooking class. Situated in a stunning 100-acre vineyard, you will get the choice of a variety of classes and cooking styles to learn. Your senses will be ignited by the smells, sounds and flavours of your chosen cuisine as you learn how to compile a tantalizing menu.

At the conclusion of your class, you will receive a souvenir apron, recipes and a glass of wine or beer with your meal.

Due to the popularity of these events it is crucial to start organising your plans as soon as possible. Make sure to grab your family and friends to book your Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour today with iHop Hunter Valley before tickets run out!

While the Hunter Valley is well known for its picturesque vineyards, expansive restaurant options and delectable local produce, it also hosts a range of shopping opportunities. From antique homewares to upmarket fashion, the Hunter Valley shops are sure to satisfy any shopping addict’s needs.

Conveniently located at Hop 6 (Hunter Valley Gardens Village) and Hop 7 (Peppers Creek Village) of the iHop Central Pokolbin Bus Tour, these stores are our top picks for shopping destinations in the Hunter Valley.  

Maple Homewares – Pokolbin Village Shops (Hop 4)

Start your shopping journey at Maple Homewares, a delightful store that stocks a range of art, homewares and accessories. 

Maple Homewares products come in a range of sizes and styles and keep up with current trends such as wooden, ceramic, woven and leather features. This store is a great location to pick up that cute or quirky item that will complete a room. 

If homewares aren’t your thing, peruse the extensive range of jewellery, handbags and shoes which effortlessly combine style and comfort for a chic, relaxed look. 

Wilson & Hunter – Hunter Valley Gardens Village (Hop 6)
Take a wander through the picturesque Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village and you will stumble across wine country’s go-to fashion destination, Wilson & Hunter. The warm and inviting atmosphere paired with fresh, upmarket and timeless fashion pieces ensures that you always look and feel your best.

Boasting labels like Camilla, Bec and Bridge, Faithful, Karen Walker and more, this boutique is your one stop shop for all things designer. In only one location, you can find an entire outfit due to the large range of items including handbags, shoes, accessories and clothing.

Hunter Valley Gift & Crystal Shop – Hunter Valley Gardens Village (Hop 6)
For those who are spiritually inclined, look no further than the Hunter Valley Gift & Crystal Shop. Specialising in the finest quality crystals, unique giftware and international homewares, this store is the perfect place for any alternate soul. 

At The Hunter Valley Gift & Crystal Shop, expect to be mesmerised by amethyst, citrine, tourmaline and jasper which appear in both natural and polished jewellery forms. Also make sure to take in the large range of Himalayan Salt Lamps which are said to cleanse the air, assist with allergies and provide a calming light source in the home.

Southon Style – Hunter Valley Gardens Village (Hop 6)
For stylish shoppers on a budget, Southon Style is one of the Hunter Valley shops to visit – with an extensive range of women’s fashion including resort wear, sarongs and a specialised Southon Curve fashion line.

Southon Style is perfect for any fashion forward shopper looking for value for money items that won’t break the bank. Featuring on-trend fashion pieces and stocking all sizes from 6 – 24, this boho chic store has something for everyone. 

The Twig – Hunter Valley Gardens Village (Hop 6)
Venturing further into the Hunter Valley Gardens, you will stumble across eclectic homeware and giftware store, The Twig. Jam-packed with a range of knick knacks for all ages and interests, The Twig caters to any gifting need. 

Get lost browsing the shelves and discover beautiful, new pieces as well as vintage one-offs and unusual small furniture items. Kids will love discovering eclectic wonders including old-school toys, dollhouses, board games and more.

For those wanting to treat themselves with a touch of luxury, be sure to check out the bath, body and accessories section where you can select from a range of high quality soaps, sleepwear and trinkets.

Fetch Gifts and Homewares – Peppers Creek Village (Hop 7)
Walking into Fetch Gifts and Homewares will automatically put you at ease. Surrounded by an extensive range of plants, ceramics and timber items, you could easily assume that you are standing in a rainforest.

Lovers of a natural looking home will adore the timber furniture items on display that are handmade by store owner, Joel. Every shopper will feel satisfied knowing that their purchase is bespoke and unique. 

Fetch Gifts and Homewares also stock simple but sophisticated clothing options that will make you feel instantly transported to summer in Italy or out for brunch with the girls. 

Why not incorporate a wine tour followed by a shopping tour to fill your day, starting your day joining our Beyond the Vines half day tour where you can visit a trio of different venues where you will experience premium Hunter Valley wines and local produce before a behind the scenes winery tour with a twist! Followed by an afternoon of retail therapy in the local area!

Find our more about iHop Hunter Valley Beyond the Vines Tour and other Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours here.

Consider kids activities Hunter Valley style this October. Keeping them busy during the school holidays is tricky. Thinking of fun and engaging ideas to fill two weeks can be such a hassle for parents. 

To cure those school holiday blues, take a trip with iHop Hunter Valley and tick these fun kids activities Hunter Valley has to offer off your bucket list!

Sweet Tooth Treats: We all know that kids love sweet stuff! Whether it be chocolate, ice cream, lollies or a mix of all three, watch your little one’s delight as they visit these

Pokolbin Chocolate Co – Pokolbin Village (Hop 4)
Pokolbin Chocolate Co provides a mixture of old and new chocolate products like their famous rocky road or yummy white chocolate honeycomb clusters. Individual chocolates also come in fun shapes like penguins, shells, hedgehogs, golf balls and more! Make sure to have a taste of their specialty home made fudge which come in  a range of delectable flavour. 

photo credit – Trip Advisor

Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop / Hunter Valley Gelato Company  (Hop 5)
Just a quick ride on the bus to reach Hop 5 and we are only a short distance from the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. While the impressive selection of international delicatessen cheese may not entice the kids, the extensive Gelato selection certainly will. 

The Hunter Valley Gelato Company makes gelato using traditional, imported Italian ingredients and a 200 year old recipe! With over 200 gelato flavours made on site including dairy free, vegan and gluten free options, your tastebuds will surely be tempted. 

British Lolly Shop – Hunter Valley Garden Village (Hop 6)
After another quick trip on the iHop bus, you will reach the Hunter Valley Garden Village and more importantly, the British Lolly Shop. Selling all of your old school favourites direct from the UK, this store will remind you of your childhood.

Take a moment to revel in your adolescence and take a photo with the lifesize toy guards watching the store. With an extensive range of lollies on offer including sweets, chocolates, fudge, and savoury snacks, you’ll find it hard to choose!

Hunter Honey Hive – Hunter Valley Garden Village (Hop 6)
Parents looking for a healthier sweet treat should give the Hunter Honey Hive a visit. Featuring daily tasting of local honey’, this location acts as a shop as well as a great learning experience for the kids. 

Accessible through the Ye Olde General Store & Pokolbin Farm Shop, the store stocks an extensive range of honey products from Australia and New Zealand including cosmetics, medicinal products, candles, ice creams, honeycomb and themed giftware.

Hunter Valley Exploration: Now that the kids are full of sugar and bouncing off the walls, it’s a great time to burn off some energy. Head to Hop 3 to start your adventure!

Hunter Valley Vintage Wings (16 minute walk from Hop 3)
While this destination requires a small walk from Hop 3, it is definitely worth your while. Hunter Valley Vintage Wings specialise in vintage, open cockpit adventure flight experiences that the whole family can enjoy. 

Take in the majestic views of the Hunter Valley from above in a 1940’s Tigermoth or 1956 Winjeel plane. Anyone over 8 years old is able to experience the rush of flying in an open cockpit plane as it would have felt 75 years ago.

However, if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, visit the Museum Information Sessions where you can learn the history of these unique, vintage aircraft for free. 

Hunter Valley Gardens (Hop 6)
At Hop 6 we reach the Hunter Valley Gardens, an obvious choice for some school holiday fun. With a range of activities on offer including the Storybook Garden, Carnival Rides, Aqua Golf and Putt Putt, you’ll never run out of things to do. 

Featuring timeless nursery rhyme characters, the Storybook Garden is a fun and whimsical experience for all ages. Life size characters and murals lead you through the garden and provide excellent photo opportunities. 

Carnival rides became new additions to the Hunter Valley Gardens in 2017 and are open to the public during special events and school holidays. These rides, including the swing chair, ferris wheel, carousel and superslide, can create hours of fun for both the young and the young at heart.

Practice your swing at Aqua Golf and Putt Putt within the Hunter Valley Gardens. Hit the golf ball into the lake and win prizes for hitting floating targets! Boasting great value for money, you can purchase one bucket of balls at Aqua Golf and 18 holes of Putt Putt for just $12.

After a long day of eating and exploring your way through the Hunter Valley, it’s time to relax. Why not book the iHop Twilight Dinner Tour where you can unwind over a wine tasting and 2-Course dinner. 

We hope explaining these kids activities Hunter Valley has to offer provides more insight into what this amazing region has to offer. It’s not just for adults!

Find our more about iHop Hunter Valley Twilight & Night Tours and other Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours here.


The annual Balloon Aloft Hunter Valley Fiesta will take to the skies over the Hunter Valley over the October long weekend this year in an amazing display of colour and excitement! Each day will see upward of twenty-five hot air balloons from all around the country launch together at sunrise and float majestically over the Hunter Valley wine country. Come join in the excitement as a passenger or follow along from the ground.

WHEN: Friday 4th October – Monday 7th October
TIME: 5:00 – 10:00am
COST: Refer to Balloon Aloft website for pricing & availability
PHONE: 1300 723 279

More about iHop Hunter Valley

Our tours have been designed to showcase the best the Hunter Valley Region has to offer, from internationally renowned and boutique wineries, micro breweries, casual through to fine dining venues, cheese shops, chocolatiers, and shopping villages. Our tours cover the most popular locations in the Hunter Valley as well as the lesser known hidden gems!

Offering a unique range of tours to suit all budget and tastes from our; self-guided Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours, Premium Food and Drink pairing Taste ‘n’ Graze Tour, Behind the Scenes Winery and Tasting Beyond the Vines Half Day Tour, Progressive Tasting and Dinner Twilight & Night Tours, customised Corporate Tours, Package Offers like our ‘Fly-n-Hop’ Tour and more!

Browse the other amazing Hunter Valley Locations you can visit on your iHop Hunter Valley tour.

November 08 – January 26, 2020
Gardens open daily 9am – 4pm, lights open 5.30pm – 10pm


Your favourite Christmas lights display is back and boy do we have a great spectacle to show you! The Christmas Lights Spectacular be lighting up the Gardens from November 2, 2018 – January 26, 2019, so be sure to see the Southern Hemisphere’s largest lights display!

Enjoy our live entertainment, Santa’s workshop display, and incredible rides including our Ferris Wheel, Swing Chair, Carousel, Super Slide and Inflatable zones. Our tasty food and beverage stalls will be available throughout the event plus a special fireworks display.*

Why not make a whole weekend out of it by experiencing the Gardens during the day and then seeing the lights at night? Harrigan’s Accommodation is right next door and offers a great deal for tickets and accommodation.

DATE:Friday 8th November – Sunday 26th January
TIME: 5:30 – 10:00pm
COST: Entry fees apply
WHERE: Hunter Valley Gardens
EMAIL: welcome@hvg.com.au
PHONE: 02 4998 4000

More about iHop Hunter Valley

Our tours have been designed to showcase the best the Hunter Valley Region has to offer, from internationally renowned and boutique wineries, micro breweries, casual through to fine dining venues, cheese shops, chocolatiers, and shopping villages. Our tours cover the most popular locations in the Hunter Valley as well as the lesser known hidden gems!

Join our winemaker, Sarah Fagan, for a tasting flight of premium Pinot Noir followed by a sumptuous Sunday lunch of roast pig, with all the trimmings, served buffet style in our Barrel Room. Finish off with some fine cheese and a glass of our iconic Noble one.

When: Sunday 8th September 
Time: 11:30am – 3:00pm

Cost: $99 per person | $50 per person under 18’s

More information: https://bit.ly/32oUIU5

More about iHop Hunter Valley

Our tours have been designed to showcase the best the Hunter Valley Region has to offer, from internationally renowned and boutique wineries, micro breweries, casual through to fine dining venues, cheese shops, chocolatiers, and shopping villages. Our tours cover the most popular locations in the Hunter Valley as well as the lesser known hidden gems!

Offering a unique range of tours to suit all budget and tastes from our; self-guided Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours, Premium Food and Drink pairing Taste ‘n’ Graze Tour, Behind the Scenes Winery and Tasting Beyond the Vines Half Day Tour, Progressive Tasting and Dinner Twilight & Night Tours, customised Corporate Tours, Package Offers like our ‘Fly-n-Hop’ Tour and more!

When touring with us you will be guided by a proud local that lives and breaths the Hunter Valley way of life and absolutely loves it! We are all passionate wine and produce enthusiasts and love sharing with our guests the very best on offer from the world-famous Hunter Valley wine region.

This year we celebrate Lamb…

At De Iuliis we do things differently. We’re not bound by tradition. We make great wine. We have a bit of fun with it. We do things for everyone to enjoy. So let’s lunch…

On the back of two preceding years, this third in a series of butchery themed wine events held in the winery at De Iuliis, has just been announced. It’s taken us three years to settle on the name, but here we have it CORK & FORK. Who’d have guessed…

So befitting with our “Made By Mike” mantra, we’re backing up again with a festival style lunch event – Cork & Fork Wine and Butchery Lunch on Saturday 10 August 2019, in the winery at De Iuliis in the Hunter Valley. This year we celebrate Lamb…

Cork & Fork – Lamb-B-Q

This festival-style lunch is certain to attract a wait list. Sure up your spot at this uber fun wine and butchery lunch at De Iuliis Winery, and leave the car behind. Think salumi, sit down feast style lunch, sunshine, live music, endless wine, butchery workshops. Fun. And this year we’re offering to organise you a ride so if you’re living or staying locally, or from Newcastle, don’t forget to book the pick up option.


When: Saturday 10th August 
Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm

Cost: $150 per person (kids under 12 just $25)
$199 per person with return transfers from Newcastle
$175 per person with return transfers from Cessnock/Pokolbin

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Over two big days we’ll be serving up finger licking good BBQ and over 40 amazing craft beers and ciders to wash it all down.

A celebration of all things Beer & BBQ this festival brings together two of Australia’s favourite pastimes, which also happen to be hugely popular trends in the food scene in a stunning rural setting. The event will stage sanctioned rounds of both the Steak Cookoff (Saturday) and Australasian BBQ Alliance Championship (Sunday).

In addition to the BBQ Competitions and Beer Tasting there will be Live Music, Beer Masterclasses, an array of dining options including BBQ Food vendors, a Kids Zone, Consumer Competitions, Wine Tasting, stalls selling all things Beer & BBQ, displays and demonstrations.

Whether you are a serious foodie, aspiring brewer or someone that just loves eating BBQ and drinking beer this weekend will have something for all ages.

When: Saturday 3rd August – Sunday 4th August
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Early bird tickets available from www.hopeestate.com.au

More about iHop Hunter Valley

Our tours have been designed to showcase the best the Hunter Valley Region has to offer, from internationally renowned and boutique wineries, micro breweries, casual through to fine dining venues, cheese shops, chocolatiers, and shopping villages. Our tours cover the most popular locations in the Hunter Valley as well as the lesser known hidden gems!

If you think the Hunter Valley is all about wine, think again. The Hunter is also home to a thriving micro-brewery scene. And when it comes to beer tasting in the Hunter Valley you’re spoilt for choice.  

In fact, the Hunter Valley has several award-winning breweries and a number of boutique craft brewers that you can visit, each offering their own selection of distinctive locally brewed beers and special seasonal releases that you can sample.

In many cases, you can go behind the scenes and see how these local beers are made and talk to the brew master for insights into their particular beer-making process. 

With an amazing variety of beers and ales from the traditional to the surprising, as well as the region’s popular ciders and ginger beers, you’ll find the Hunter Valley’s breweries just as interesting and diverse as the region’s world-famous wineries.

No matter if you’re a serious beer connoisseur or simply a keen amateur who enjoys trying new things, here are some of the top spots for beer lovers to try on a Hunter Valley beer tour.


Hunter Beer Co at Potters Brewery

Hop 1 on iHop’s Hop-On Hop-Off Central Pokolbin Bus Tour

The Hunter Valley’s original microbrewery is located at Potters Hotel Brewery Resort. Amazingly, given its prodigious range of beers, the Hunter Beer Co. is one of the smallest breweries in the country.

For the brewers at Hunter Beer Co. it’s all about distinctive handcrafted brews using traditional methods and all-natural ingredients. Though it’s not all traditional, with chocolate beer and bacon beer just two of their unconventional creations. Make sure you have some time because they typically have 10 craft beers on tap for you to try as you watch the beer being made. The tasting paddles are a great way to try a range of brews.

A visit to the Hunter Beer Co. is about the experience. Join head brewer Keith ‘The Beer Guy’ for a casual tour of the brewery and insights into the process. Daily brewery tours run at 4:00 pm. Book directly at the brewery.


Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley

Hop 3 on iHop’s Hop-On Hop-Off Lovedale & North Pokolbin Bus Tour

The Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley is located in the grounds of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley hotel in the central Hunter Valley town of Lovedale, with the popular Lovedale bar and restaurant right next door to the brewery and distillery.  

The brewery boasts a vast range of beers brewed on the premises from the finest, filtered Hunter Valley water, which provides the brew masters with a blank canvas to create a wide variety of beers from traditional lagers to rich oatmeal porters.

What to try? You’ll find a rotation of seasonal beers on tap, so there’s always something new and different to sample. Staples include the brewery’s popular Lovedale Lager – a traditional Munich-style lager that combines three types of German hops to create a smooth citrus aroma complimented by a slightly toasted malt backbone. The brewery’s famous Sydney cider is on tap everyday. 

You can also join a behind the scenes tour of the brewery to see how they do what they do, enquire directly through Crowne Plaza.


Matilda Bay Brewery Hunter Valley

Hop 10 on iHop’s Hop-On Hop-Off Central Pokolbin Bus Tour

Located at the Hunter Valley Resort, Matilda Bay is Pokolbin’s first boutique brew house, and where the story of the popular Blue Tongue brand of beer began. The Resort is also known for its glorious outlook over the Hunter Valley.

The Matilda Bay Brewhouse is another stop where you’ll want to spend a bit of time, with 12 craft brews on tap, including lagers, ales, stouts, cider and alcoholic ginger beer, plus regular ‘special’ brews ready for you to try, all with accompanying tasting notes. Choose a tasting a paddle of lighter or darker style beers to get the full perspective.

Also onsite is the Hunter Wine Theatre, Wine School, the Hermitage Road Wine Tasting Cellars, Hunter Valley Adventure Centre (Segway tours, horse riding and electric bike hire) and the Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre.

Hunter Valley Pubs, Breweries & Beer


Hope Estate Brewery

Hop 4 on iHop’s Hop-On Hop-Off Central Pokolbin Bus Tour

The Hope Brewhouse is located at the Hope Estate winery in the heart of Pokolbin, set amongst 420 acres of rolling countryside and picturesque vineyards with stunning views.

At the Brewhouse you’ll find 12 different brews and ciders on tap offering a broad palette of styles and tastes. The brewery’s extensive range of award-winning craft beers and ciders are produced on site. Among a vat of awards the brewery has received for its brews, Hope Brewhouse won Champion Small Brewery at the 2016 CBA Awards.  


IronBark Hill Brewhouse

Hop 11 on iHop’s Hop-On Hop-Off Central Pokolbin Bus Tour

The IronBark Hill Brewhouse is Hunter Valley’s newest micro-brewery located at the IronBark Hill Vineyard in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country.

Sit down and enjoy a sumptuous meal overlooking the brewery area or out in the lovely beer garden set amongst the grape vines as you sample the eight delicious craft beers and cider on offer each day. The taps change regularly, so there’s always something different to try.

If you’re not much of a beer drinker, you won’t be left out. IronBark also makes a range popular apple and pear ciders, or sample a top drop from the Peter Drayton Wines range that are also made onsite.


An evening of Beer, Wine, Cheese and Delicious Food

If you’re looking for a great way to experience some of the region’s best beer, wine and food the Hunter Valley has to offer in one fun evening, join us for iHop’s Taste of the Hunter After Dark Tour.

Kick off with a guided wine tasting with local cheeses at an award-winning cellar door. Then enjoy a tasting paddle of top Hunter Valley brews or ciders (as well as some delicious bites) as you get an insight into the beer brewing process at a local boutique brew house. Afterwards, compare tasting notes over a selection of gourmet wood-fired pizzas, tapas and drinks at a popular local restaurant.

Find out more about iHop Hunter Valley’s Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours and Taste of the Hunter after Dark tour here.