Around Hermitage, Pokolbin Hunter Valley Accommodation, award-winning wines, restaurants and cafes Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tourist map shows towns left off Hunter Expressway Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:29:05 +0000 “A NEW tourist route is about to be launched for towns  that the Hunter Expressway left behind. The ‘‘Hunter Valley Way’’ aims to expose visitors to experiences and attractions in the Coalfields – along with attracting grey nomads.

It’s for people who want to take the scenic route and visit smaller communities. Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber president Rod Doherty said the project was developed ‘‘over a number of years since the announcement of the expressway construction in 2010’’. ” Download the map

Read more | Newcastle Herald

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Billy Idol announces 2015 Australian Tour Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:17:14 +0000 “Rock icon BILLY IDOL is returning to Australia and New Zealand for his first concert tour of Australia since 2002 and his first of New Zealand since 1987.

The original punk turned global superstar will perform indoor shows and a day on the green winery events in March and April 2015.  Idol’s band includes long-time collaborator and lead-guitarist Steve Stevens.

Billy Idol’s tour announcement coincides with a flurry of new Idol projects that have fans around the globe in a heightened state of excitement!”

Read more | A Day on the Green

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Organisations throw their support behind Resources for Regions bid Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:42:36 +0000 “TOURIST operators are hoping the state government approves funding for significant improvements to Hermitage Road.

Last month, the 60 businesses in the Around Hermitage Association and Singleton Council welcomed the announcement by the government that the upgrade of Hermitage Road, intersection of Hermitage and Broke Road and installation of tourist facilities had been shortlisted for funding under the Resources For Regions program.”

Read more | The Singleton Argus

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Welcome to Hunter Valley Way Sat, 11 Oct 2014 03:12:33 +0000 “Hunter Valley Way is one of the newest self drive tours on the eastern seaboard of NSW. Starting at the M1 at Freeman’s Water Hole in Lake Macquarie and finishing at the end of the Hunter Valley in Merriwa on the Golden Highway. Development of the tourist drive website and associated marketing material has been awarded to a local consortium and will be operational this side of Christmas. Users can view the development of the tourist drive and the Facebook page.”

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John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John announce joint national tour Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:23:49 +0000 “If too much classic (and cheesy) Australian pop is barely enough, prepare for double helpings as ageless icons John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John go on  tour together next April, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra.

Their co-headlining Two Strong Hearts tour will take place in arenas and wineries across the country over two weeks; starting April 4 in Western Australia’s Margaret River, then Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, the Hunter Valley and finishing in Sydney on April 19.”

Read more | Sydney Morning Herald

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Cafe DenMar reopening October long weekend Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:34:17 +0000 Cafe DenMar will be reopening its doors commencing the long weekend in October, opening times are Saturdays and Sundays only between 12pm & 3pm. The Spring/Summer menu will be a selection of platters competitively priced between $20 – $25 for two. DenMar Estate wines will be available at Cellar Door prices.


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One step closer to getting Old North Road fixed! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:54:57 +0000 “Cessnock City and Singleton Councils are one step closer to crucial road upgrades today, after the NSW Government’s announcement to shortlist their joint funding submission in the Resources for Regions program.

The joint project proposes a $17 million upgrade for the full length of Hermitage Road and the Intersection with Broke Road, on-road cycle ways and installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas.

Cessnock City Council General Manager, Stephen Glen, was thrilled with the news, “Today’s announcement is exciting news for Cessnock and our colleagues in Singleton,” Mr Glen said.”

Read more | Cessnock City Council News


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Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show 2014 awards Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:43:11 +0000 Congratulations to our local winners Thomas Wines, Tintilla, Pokolbin Estate, Mistletoe, Hart & Hunter with 7 out 16 trophies awarded to Around Hermitage members.

Best White in show was awarded to Tintilla.

Best Red in show was awarded to Hart & Hunter


List of Trophies

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The legendary Pacific Coast … Hunter Valley Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:09:44 +0000 “From Port Stephens we head west on the A15 to connect onto the new Hunter Expressway that provides a quicker, easier passage to one of Australia’s finest wine regions – the Hunter Valley. The Hunter has gained international acclaim of late being named amongst the world’s ten best wine regions by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

It’s a secret that has long been shared amongst Australian wine lovers that the 50 or so vineyards, wineries and cellar doors that are sprinkled through the Hunter Valley produce some of the country’s finest wines. The region’s iconic varieties are big and bold Shiraz and delicate, long lasting Semillon but the Hunter has also broadened to embrace other varieties suited to the region’s climate and terroir.

Read more | Spirit Regional Australia


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Variety wins the day at Hunter Valley Wine Show 2014 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:40:36 +0000 “THERE’S a 2011 shiraz that won four trophies, an innovative blend that incorporates the Portugues touriga nacional variety, a champion semillon that cost a mere $16 and a 1978 port-style fortified that won the heart of a celebrated international wine expert.

They are among the wines that can be bought now from 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show entries that won 12 of the 20 trophies and 41 of the 54 gold medals.

The show’s guest judge Fongyee Walker, from Beijing, China, was given the task of selecting the inaugural Silver Bullet Trophy for a wine of international calibre and selected the Drayton’s Family 1978 Heritage Vines Tawny, which comes in a special presentation pack and sells for $60.”

Read more | Newcastle Herald


Around Hermitage Winners

Gold Medals

  • Andrew Thomas (Thomas Wines) 2011 Kiss Shiraz (gold medal in the 2012 and older named vineyard shiraz dry red class)
  • RidgeView Wines 2011 Impressions Shiraz (gold medal in the 2012 and older named vineyard shiraz dry red class) – $35
  • Marsh Estate 2009 Holly’s Block Semillon (gold medal in the 2013 and older named vineyard semillon dry white class) – $50
  • Leogate Estate 2013 Creek Bed Semillon (gold medal in the 2013 and older named vineyard semillon dry white class) – $28 or $19.60 to wine club members


  • Iain Riggs Wines of Provenance Trophy – Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon 2004, 2006, 2014

Complete List of Results

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