So far, we have been to several good vineyards in Hunter Valley including Wyndham Estate, Tyrrell’s Wines, Pepper Tree Wines and Tower Estate Winery. But I have to say that the one that offers the best and most picturesque view has to be Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard! We were there once during our trip to Hunter Valley last year, and we went there again last month when my family was here. The view, as usual, was absolutely breath-taking.
View from Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard
Driving to Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard
The drive to Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard was about 10 minutes from Tempus Two Winery grounds, where a number of restaurants, including The Smelly Cheese Shop, are located at. There is a stretch of about 500m of gravel road on the way there, so don’t be puzzled if you think you’re on the wrong track. Pretty soon, you’d come across a huge signboard telling you that you’ve reached the vineyard.
The huge signboard
What I love about Audrey Wilkinson’s vineyard is how close you can actually get to the grape trees! They’re surrounding us at all angles, and at such close proximity too. Sure, you’re not allowed to go in and pick the grapes, if that’s what you’re wondering, but you could go close enough to take a picture with it. And if you go during spring or summer season, you might even spot some ripe and juicy grapes hanging from the trees!
Grape plants during end of winter
Gorgeous view of the vineyard
Another view of Audrey Wilkinson’s vineyard
When we were there, the weather was simply perfect! Bright blue skies with some clouds, warm sun and cool breeze made us just want to lie down on the green grass and savour the moment. When we’re done admiring the scenery, we made our way to the wine cellar sitting majestically on top of the mountain.
Audrey Wilkinson wine cellar
Entrance to the wine cellar
Since we went during a public holiday, the wine cellar was pretty busy but not overly crowded. We took a short tour around the wine cellar and saw a group of people attending what looked like a wine appreciation class at one corner, having fun. There was another corner dedicated to the process of wine-making, with plenty of information and wine-making tools on display. It was good that we could go and stuff ourselves with educational information while waiting for the wine-tasting counters to be available.
Multi-award winning wines
One of the prized wines on display
Wine appreciation class in order?
Wine-making information area
Place to sit down and have a glass
Wine barrels and table tops
Pretty soon, we saw an empty spot at the wine-tasting counter and made our way to it. As usual, we were presented with a list of wines and were asked to pick the ones we wanted to try. We started with a couple of white wines, to a red wine and ended with a sweet dessert wine. I remember loving the taste of the Muscat, but only because I have a soft spot for anything that is sweet!
Love this pretty bottle
Both Saucer and I agreed that this vineyard offers the best view of all in Hunter Valley, and we’ve been to around ten of them! So if you have to choose a selected few vineyards to visit, make sure Audrey Wilkinson is one of them! Even if you don’t drink, this is a good place for photographs.
Final view of Audrey Wilkinson’s vineyard
Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard
Pokolbin (Hunter Valley),
NSW 2320 Australia
Phone: (+612) 4993 3600
Cellar Door direct phone number: 02 4998 1866.
Business Hours: Daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Weekdays (10 am ~ 5pm) Weekends (10 am ~ 5pm)