Hunter Valley Wine Festival

The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is set to host the second annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival.  On the 11th October 2014 Hunter Valley producers will showcase an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider.

Adina Wines
Adina Wines

The Crowne Plaza is inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy the best the Hunter Valley has to offer.

This gourmet  festival will feature light entertainment, family friendly activities and plenty of opportunity to tempt your tastebuds.

Some of the exhibitors include;

  • Hunter Valley Cheese Factory
  • Wyndham Estate
  • Bimbadgen
  • Sydney Brewery
  • Ernest Hill Wines
  • Scarborough Wine Co
  • Pepper Tree Wines
  • Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove
  • Catherine Vale Wines
  • Allandale Winery
  • Hope Estate
  • Morish
  • Drayton’s Family Wines
  • Tulloch Wines
  • The Garden Cellars
  • Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard
Draytons Old Barrels
Drayton’s Old Barrels

I was invited to sample a preview of the festival, and visited some of the exhibitors for a little “teaser”.

Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove

Adina is the largest olive grove in the Hunter Valley. The grove produces both olive oil and table olives.

Adina Olive Oil and Olives
Adina Olive Oil and Olives

With 12 different varieties under cultivation the onsite processing plant can handle 2 tonnes of fruit per hour. Deliciously Adina makes a range of gourmet products with their olives and grapes. The olives are used to make tapenades and I noticed a Caramelised Onion and Olive Pickle which looked rather delicious.

Adina Balsamic Vinegar
Adina Balsamic Vinegar

Adina will be exhibiting wine and olives, along with their gourmet range of condiments.

Drayton Family Wines

Drayton Family wines is one of the oldest Hunter Valley Vineyards. Six generations have produced wine on Hunter Valley soil.  I had the pleasure of visiting the vineyard and speaking with the head winemaker. Edgar has been producing wine with the vineyard for the past four years. We wandered through the old barrels which contained tawny port going back generations in age.

Draytons Award Best Fortified Tawny 1978
Draytons Award Best Fortified Tawny 1978

The 1978 Tawny had recently won the Hunter Valley Wine Show 2014, Award for the Premium Vintage Fortified Wine. Sampling the fortified Verdelho at various levels of maturity we were able to appreciate the mellowing process the barrels undergo over time.

Hunter Valley Wine Festival Logo
Hunter Valley Wine Festival Logo

These are just two of the exhibitors that will be attending the Hunter Valley Wine Festival.  The event is shaping up to be a huge day for the whole family.

Tickets to the festival are just $20 and includes 5 complimentary wine tastings. My suggestion would be to make a gourmet getaway out of the event and stay the weekend.  Naturally the most convenient place to stay would be the Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza, but be sure to book your accommodation well in advance.

The Crowne Plaza has put together some great Hunter Valley Wine Festival accommodation package. The deals include overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast in the morning and tickets into the festival.

For more information visit the Hunter Valley Wine Festival website.

Hunter Valley Wine Festival

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
430 Wine Country Rd, Lovedale, NSW 2325
Gourmet Getaways would like to thank the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for organising access to these exhibitors. As always the opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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