What's on in the Hunter Valley


Hot Dub Wine Machine @ Hope Estate
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hot Dub Wine Machine @ Hope Estate | Pokolbin | New South Wales | Australia

In 2017, over 10,000 Sydney wine and music lovers rose to the occasion of welcoming Hot Dub Time Machine to a custom-built stage flanked by towering trees in the middle of hundreds of grapevines, as part of a national tour throughout the country’s best wineries, where we partied with PNAU, Miami Horror, Crooked Colours and more.

It’s time to escape the big smoke and head out to the Hunter Valley once again and un-wine-d at a get-together in the grapevines with food, wine, beer, markets, picnic-ing, and Hot Dub Time Machine performing live, alongside a hand-picked selection of Australia’s best bands and DJs (soon to be announced!). We chianti think of a better way to spend a sunshine-soaked, late summers’ day.

Hot Dub Wine Machine is highly recommended for anyone partial to indulging in Epicurean delights, to sharing gourmet picnic hampers with great friends on starry nights, and for those who know how to get (Verde)lho on the dance floor – if after several wines all you ever want to do is twist, shout and let it all out, you’ve come to exactly the right place.

James Blunt @ Bimbadgen
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
James Blunt @ Bimbadgen | Pokolbin | New South Wales | Australia

British singer-songwriter James Blunt will be in Australia in March 2018, bringing his The Afterlove Tour to Bimbadgen in the Hunter Valley for the first time ever at a day on the green outdoor event on Saturday 10 March 2018.

Currently on tour throughout North America with good friend Ed Sheeran, Blunt is looking forward to embarking on his own world tour and returning to Australia to play for his loyal Aussie fans:

“Australia has always been the most fun part of every world tour I’ve ever done, and the fans at the shows have always given me the warmest of welcomes. I can’t wait to get back.”

James Blunt will be performing all his hits with Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Alex Lloyd and Karise Eden on Saturday 10 March 2018 at Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley NSW.

Crossroads Country in the Vines @ Roche Estate
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – Mar 25 @ 10:30 pm
Crossroads Country in the Vines @ Roche Estate | Pokolbin | New South Wales | Australia

Country Music is returning to the Hunter on Saturday March 24 2018 with Crossroads Country in the Vines, featuring the biggest names in Country including the legendary Billy Ray Cyrus (USA), Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, The McClymonts and many more.

Polo in the Vines @ Dark Horse Vineyard
Apr 7 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Polo in the Vines @ Dark Horse Vineyard | Lovedale | New South Wales | Australia

Polo in the Vines takes place within the spectacular and private Dark Horse Vineyard in the Hunter Valley, set against the Autumn colours of grapevines bordering the field. The event carries a strong focus on the culinary experience, forged by a celebrity chef and fused with matching wines presented by a sommelier.

If you are looking for a casual experience with friends and family, make the most of the day from the comfort of the Polo Lounge, where you can revel in the on field action, meet the players and soak up the day’s festivities, while tunes from the resident band and DJ pump throughout the day. Tickets entitle holders to entry, access to the Polo Lounge cider garden, as well as additional entertainment such as ‘Fashion on the Field’.

A Little Bit of Italy in Broke
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm
A Little Bit of Italy in Broke @ Broke | New South Wales | Australia

Save the date, organise your family and  friends, book your accommodation and transport for an Italian inspired weekend of festivities, food, wine and fun hosted by ten venues throughout Broke Fordwich.

Dine on pizza, pasta, antipasto, bruschetta, gelato, espresso, panini; sip Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera, Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz; take in a cooking class, workshop or demonstration; savour olive oil and olive tastings in the grove; challenge a friend to a game of bocce or giant jenga to the back drop of Yellow Rock or relax to live tunes from the accordion or classical guitar. Enjoy a little bit of Italy and a whole lot of Broke Fordwich.

This year an Italian inspired 4 course feast, matched with Italian varietals, will be held Saturday evening at Margan Wines. Begin in the Piazza and finish in the Barrel Room.

Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary Tour @ Roche Estate
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary Tour @ Roche Estate | Pokolbin | New South Wales | Australia

Neil Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Tour will be coming to the Hunter Valley. Neil Diamond’s incomparable 50-year career, with hits spanning decades such as Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Desiree and Shilo are sure to excite his many fans.

Neil Diamond’s extraordinary career spans five decades and has created defining hits for generation after generation of loyal fans. He has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honours bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

Cessnock Stomp Festival
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cessnock Stomp Festival @ Cessnock | New South Wales | Australia

Cessnock STOMP Festival is an event like no other. A wonderful event full of fun activities from Beer and Wine tastings, to gourmet produce, kids entertainment, Hunter Valley Zoo, jumping castles, face painting, street theatre and a mad hatter’s high tea. Stomp grapes or just browse the markets. Come along there is something for the whole family.

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival 2018 @ Hunter Valley Wine Country
May 1 – Jun 30 all-day
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival 2018 @ Hunter Valley Wine Country | Pokolbin | New South Wales | Australia

There’s no better time to take in the delights of Australia’s premium wine-growing region than the 2018 Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. Spanning May and June, the Festival showcases the epicurean pleasures of this iconic food and wine destination, and offers the perfect journey of discovery through the stunning region.

From incredible gourmet dinners at award-winning restaurants to vineyard tours, winemaking masterclasses, hands-on cooking classes and cosy evenings beside an open fire with friends, the Festival has something for everyone.

Experience the incredible hospitality of the Hunter Valley at some of the ever-popular signature events. Reserve May and June 2018 to treat your taste buds to a salivating line-up of premium events.

2017 welcomed a host of vertical tastings, vineyard tours and set-price lunches and dinners on offer during the Festival. Save the date for 2018 Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, plan your trip and book your accommodation early.