Spicers Vineyards Estate

Hermitage Road is a quiet Hunter Valley backwater with a particular upmarket attraction – Spicers, writes Daisy Dumas.

Less assuming than some is Spicers Vineyards Estate, not easy to see from the road and sitting with a view over Broken Back Ridge, a range that, depending on the light, can either appear brilliantly bold and close by, or reclining and watching on from the wings, overlooking tourists and their wine glasses from afar.

A five-star weekender with a romantic heart and a pragmatic bent, Spicers is supremely comfortable and professional, with sharply-honed service from start to finish (it’s ranked in the top 25 hotels for service in Australia). It ticks all the boxes in a down-to- earth, non-dreamy kind of a way, with something to please almost all and offend very few.”

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