Things to do in Pokolbin

Our most recommended things to do in Pokolbin

Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

1. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

From Pokolbin: Picnic and Wine Tasting

2. From Pokolbin: Picnic and Wine Tasting

Experience the Audrey Wilkinson Cellar Door,  located in a prime position at the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges with spectacular views of the Hunter Valley. From the cellar door you will be guided to the on-site museum with plenty of history to see and learn. You will be guided by an experienced host through a wine Master-Class before enjoying a premium tasting of the showcase wines, which the winemakers consider to be classic varietals. Once you have completed your tasting and hopefully picked a favorite wine, you can collect your packed picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and head to one of the scenic spots on site.  Sit among the vines and enjoy the stunning views, pick a sunny spot on the lawn over looking the surrounding regions or set up at one of our undercover tables on the verandah. The experience truly is your own, enjoy it as a couple or with a group of friends.

From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

3. From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Enjoy an award-winning tour from Pokolbin which travels into the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's best known wine regions. Sit down to a delicious local lunch with a drink. Immerse yourself in Hunter Valley wines. Be picked up from the convenience of your accommodation in Pokolbin. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned, and well-maintained vehicle. Take in the lush rolling hills of the Hunter Valley on your way to wineries, cellar doors, and vineyards.  Sample fine wines at 3-4 wine cellars. Savor local flavors at a tasting at in Hunter Distillery. Have a fresh lunch before visiting a cheese outlet. Indulge in something sweet at a handmade chocolate and fudge shop.  Let your local host delight you with commentary along the way. Sip on chilled water to keep you hydrated during the tour. Spot local wildlife like kangaroos as you travel. Return to your accommodation in Pokolbin at the end of the tour. 

Hunter Valley: Wine, Spirits, and Cheese Tour with Lunch

4. Hunter Valley: Wine, Spirits, and Cheese Tour with Lunch

Taste some of the finest wines produced in Australia on an amazing tasting tour of the Hunter Valley. Sample the best of the region's produce including cheeses, chocolates and other culinary treats. Quench your thirst with a local beer and sample distilled spirits and liqueurs. Travel in a small group with a great music playlist for a relaxed style and pace. Get inside knowledge about the boutique wineries and other producers of this extraordinary region. Take part in 3 fun and educational wine tastings to sample both red and white varietals with local gurus. Enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine or more. Try organic vodka, schnapps, gin and liqueurs served in test tubes along the way. Choose from different flavors, such as mango, chocolate mint, or chili if you are feeling brave.

Pokolbin: Scenic Hunter Valley Helicopter Flight

5. Pokolbin: Scenic Hunter Valley Helicopter Flight

Beyond the Range is a flight for those that want to see more than the wine region. You will see wineries, vineyards, rolling green hills, Broken Back Range and Hunter Valley Gardens. Then you will go Beyond The Range, where you will see valleys with fresh water creeks running through them, Cedar Creek, valley views to the south looking towards Congewai, and views down towards the Wollombi Valley. So to get a great overview of the area, Beyond the Range is definitely a flight that will get you smiling. Highlights include: - Flying in a helicopter - Hunter Valley Gardens from the air - The beautiful Hunter vineyards  - The Broken Back range  - Views across the enormous Great Dividing Range and the Hunter Valley Accommodation pick-up also available, please contact one of our friendly staff. Additional charges may apply.

Hunter Valley and Broken Back Range Helicopter Flight

6. Hunter Valley and Broken Back Range Helicopter Flight

Board a helicopter for this flight over the Hunter Valley that is an extension of the original 10-minute tour. You’ll be taken farther along Broken Back Range over the stunning Mount View area. During your 15-minute sightseeing tour, you’ll be able to look to the west and the maze of vineyards in the prestigious Pokolbin wine region below. This is the perfect way to get a different perspective on the Hunter Valley and the surrounding mountains. You’ll also enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Cypress Lakes Golf Course and learn more about the region from the pilot’s commentary during the flight.

Cheeses of the World Masterclass

7. Cheeses of the World Masterclass

Tour your taste buds around the globe with a mouth-watering hour spent tasting 9 world-famous cheeses and small goods, matched with 9 outstanding Hunter Valley wines and a whole lot of laughs with your fun guide. Learn how to select any cheese to match certain varieties of wine. Find out why a Hunter Valley Semillon can be a match made in heaven when served with one cheese but a disaster when matched with another. Cheese lovers have been raving about this experience for years - it is a great way to do a wine tasting with a difference and will become the highlight of your trip.

Hunter Valley: Brokenwood Behind-The-Scenes Wine Tour

8. Hunter Valley: Brokenwood Behind-The-Scenes Wine Tour

Enjoy an exclusive wine experience at Brokenwood as you take part in a guided tasting of food and wine pairings, join a behind-the-scenes winery tour of the estate, and taste pre-release wine straight from the barrel. Learn more about pairing wine with food as well as about wine-making and the history of Brokenwood Wines. After arriving at Brokenwood’s cellar door concierge, your journey will begin with an intimate tasting in our private tasting room. Your personal host will guide you through 6 premium Brokenwood wines (3 white and 3 red) as you enjoy 6 specially prepared canapés. You will have the chance to meet the chef of The Wood Restaurant as he takes you through each unique food match. Continue your experience with a behind the scenes tour of the winery where you will learn all aspects of winemaking and delve deep into the history of Brokenwood Wines. Your tour ends in the barrel hall with the opportunity to taste pre-release Brokenwood wine straight from the barrel.

Sydney: Hunter Valley Wineries Day Trip with Food Tastings

9. Sydney: Hunter Valley Wineries Day Trip with Food Tastings

Explore 3-4 Hunter Valley wineries on this private day trip from Sydney. Delight your senses as you taste local specialties. Take the opportunity to purchase some of the best wine in Australia directly from the wineries. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation in Sydney or meet the bus at a centrally-located meeting point. Relax on the air-conditioned drive with a rest stop where you can stretch your legs or purchase some coffee at Oliver’s Café. Take in views of idyllic countryside on your way to each of the 3-4 winery stops in the Hunter Valley. Have the chance to purchase tastings red and white wine varieties at each stunning location. Stop at the Hunter Valley Village for a chance to buy a nice sit down lunch in a charming local café. After lunch, head to the tempting Olive Centre to sample a selections of olive oils, chilies, chutneys, and some mouth-watering dips. Taste some local award-winning cheeses and chocolates. After a delightful day in the countryside, start your journey back to your accommodation in Sydney.

Pokolbin: Hunter Region Wine Tasting with Cheese Board

10. Pokolbin: Hunter Region Wine Tasting with Cheese Board

The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest producing wine region. The first vines were planted in the 1820s. Today there are over 150 wineries producing a wide range of exceptional wines reflective of their origin. One of the founding families of Hunter Valley wines, the Tulloch family story began in 1895 when John Younie (J.Y.) Tulloch accepted an unusual settlement for a debt – a 43 acre property in nearby Pokolbin. Tulloch took an immediate liking to the property and the five acres of neglected Shiraz vines it contained and undertook his first foray into viticulture and winemaking. Immerse yourself in the history of Tulloch Wines in Australia's oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley. In this tasting 6 Tulloch Wines have been chosen to perfectly represent the 'Hunter Heroes', the best know grape varieties of the Hunter being Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay & Verdelho. Included in this tasting is a wine from our museum cellar giving you an opportunity to taste and compare an aged Hunter wine alongside current release wines. This is the perfect wine experience for those who like a slice of history with their wine tasting!

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 206 reviews

This was a truly great day out. Our guide Julz was hilarious and got everyone talking and shared great knowledge with us about the wines and grape growing/wine making processes and tips on tasting. We had far more tastings than I would have expected, a great gourmet box (for lunch (catered for gluten free for me which was lovely) and we visited multiple venues with lovely, welcoming staff. Very good value for money. The group of us were great friends by the end and we were rather merry!

We had a wine tasting hosted by Maddy and she was incredible, so knowledgeable and gave us an amazing experience and a warm welcome coming to the hunter valley for the first time! Definitely would recommend this to anyone!

Amazing experience! We would recommend to anyone for an amazing wine tasting experience. Ask for Sean super knowledgeable and dedicated to wines.

We had a very enjoyably day with Julie. It was great to support the Aussie wineries we went to.

A great variety of wineries with a brew house and distillery stop as well to mix things up.