If you've ever thought about visiting a cellar door or a recommended restaurant in the Hunter Valley, now is the time to book.
The impact on tourism businesses in the Hunter Valley due to the current COVID restrictions is significant, with 95 per cent being severely impacted because of the Greater Sydney lockdown.
Many businesses remain open but are less busy than usual and hoping to entice local Hunter and regional NSW visitors with some special offers.
Here are some of the options.
Allandale Winery Tail Wags Dog red or white blend for $100 per dozen. Free freight on two dozen or more.
Blueberry Hill 15 per cent off a COVID Care Pack of six pre-selected wines on our online store. Enter code Care15 at checkout.
Calais Wines 20 per cent off all wine. Enter code LOCKDOWN at checkout.
Carillion Wines A dozen aged museum reds that scored 95 points or above in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion. Free delivery on all website purchases during lockdown.
Cypress Golf $99 golf, beer and burger deal; $20 bistro lunch special; midweek stay and play golf accommodation rates.
Drive U Now A free additional hour on all full-day wine tours booked and taken in July and August. Pay for eight hours and the ninth is free.
eRemo Restaurant Two courses for $50, or three courses for $60.
Estate Tuscany Two-night getaway for two from $289, includes breakfast, canapes, a late checkout and more.
First Creek Wines 10 per cent off and free shipping on all one dozen or more purchased in a single transaction. Use code FCHVWT10 at checkout. Offer expires on July 22.
Glandore Estate Wines Taste six handcrafted wines, each matched with an Adora chocolate truffle, at the cellar door.
Heavenly Hunter Massage 10 per cent discount on all available treatments (except mobile treatments) until July 23 when you mention this offer.
Hungerford Hill Wines Epic Tasting Experience (mini-degustation of Hungerford Hill wines matched to bite-sized dishes created by Muse Restaurant). Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment only. $60 per head.
Hunter Valley Horses One-hour horse ride normally $75 discounted to $50 (code LOCKDOWNLOCALHR); 30-minute private family bush ride normally $65 now $50 (code LOCKDOWNLOCALFAM); Clip-Clop-One-Stop Horse and Carriage Tour (with wine tasting) normally $75 now $50 (code LOCKDOWNLOCALCLIP).
Hunter Valley Tours 10 per cent discount on a full-day wine tasting tour with fees and lunch included (reduced from $175 to $157). Use code CTBD10.
Margan Restaurant Locals, enjoy a three-course menu for $90. For regional travellers: winter degustation for $110 plus a complimentary vermouth cocktail or glass of Margan blanc de blancs on arrival.
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort Minimum two-night stay from $202 per night.
Oakvale Wines Complimentary cheese platters to people who live in Pokolbin and the surrounding areas, provided they see their license on arrival. Online offer: a six-pack special of Organic Wines at a 15 per cent discounted rate. Enter code TRIOSIX at checkout.
Peter Drayton Wines The ISO 2.0 Special: 12 quality wines for only $165.
RidgeView Wines Discounted cases of wine for $120 with free delivery to lockdown areas; 2015 Impressions shiraz for $250 per case. Locals get a 10 per cent discount when dining in the restaurant (proof of address required).
Saddler's Creek Wines Locals offer (until July 30): buy one get one free premium wine tasting. Use the coupon code: LOCAL.
Saltire Estate Free signature wine tastings, mini cheese plate and traditional method sparkling flight. Checkout code: MINICHEESE. Also, half-price experiences: choose from a wine pairing with cheese, chocolate or spirits. Checkout code: 50OFF.
Scarborough Wine Co. 10 per cent discount and free freight on all orders of 12 bottles or more, as well as a bonus bottle of chardonnay with each dozen purchase. Discount automatically applied at checkout. Also, Scarborough Wine Co. Virtual Tastings are back (they won an Innovation Award at the 2021 Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Awards). You can choose from Offshoot, Classic or The Obsessive tasting packs.
Small Mouth Vodka Free shipping for purchases over $40 anywhere in Australia.
The Spa at Chateau Elan at the Vintage $99 Signature Treatments (50 minutes).
Stonehurst Cottages Stay two nights in a private, self-contained vineyard cottage and get the third night free. Includes hearty country breakfast hamper and complimentary port and chocolates. Valid until August 31.
Stonehurst Wines 20 per cent off all cases of Stonehurst organic wines plus free freight. Valid until July 31.
Whispering Brook Alfresco lunch, educational tour and tasting experience plus complimentary glass of rose ($135 per person).
Whispering Brook Guesthouse Minimum two-night stay plus complimentary tutored wine and olive tour and tasting, from $95 per person per night.
And don't forget, Dine and Discover vouchers can still be used at many venues.
If you are unwell, reside in or have recently visited an area that has been identified as a COVID-19 hot spot, please refrain from travelling to the Hunter Valley.
Bookings are always recommended.
Don't forget your mask.
Information complied with the help of Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association
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