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Gourmet Traveller WINEYoung Winemaker
Medal Winner 2014
Gourmet Traveller WINEWOMEN IN WINEWOMEN IN WINE
Wrapped in glassGOURMET SECRETSGOURMET SECRETS
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UNTIL OCTOBER 6TH | ICE AGE 4 | Hunter Valley Gardens |Join all the fun at Hunter Valley Gardens these school holidays with ICE AGE 4! This exci�ng live show is a must see for all families with ac�vi�es each day including face pain�ng, jumping castle and a chance to meet the characters from the show. Live performances at 11.00am and 1.00pm, colouring in compe��on, meet and greet the characters at 12.00pm plus loads more fun ac�vi�es. For more info and �ckets visit www.hvg.com.au
SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER | HUNTER VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL | Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley| The second Hunter valley Wine Fes�val will take place on Saturday 11th October within the grounds of the picturesque Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. This community event will be one to remember. With an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider on o�er, fes�val goers will be spoilt for choice as is always the case with a true Hunter Valley Experience.
11TH OCTOBER UNTIL 16TH NOVEMBER | THE ROSE SPECTACULAR | Hunter Valley Gardens| Take the opportunity to see Hunter Valley Gardens blooming with over 2 million rose blooms, throughout the annual Rose Spectacular. See 35,000 rose bushes in over 125 di�erent varie�es. The majority of the roses grown at Hunter Valley Gardens are of the fragrant variety, a�er all, a rose without perfume just isn’t a rose! Includes rose talks and demonstra�ons. For more informa�on visit www.hvg.com.au
19TH OCTOBER | SPRING CRUIZIN | Hunter Valley Gardens |The “Cruise” will begin early with a mass assembly of approximately 800 vehicles at Stockland Glendale Shopping Centre. Then at 9am the largest convoy of classic, vintage, street machines, veteran, hot rods, motor bikes and commercial vehicles in NSW will set out for the award winning interna�onal tourist des�na�on that is the Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin where visitors can see all the vehicles on display for the day. Visitors can also enjoy music, stalls, face pain�ng, food, and much more. Prizes for best selec�on of vehicles and fantas�c ra�e prizes. For more informa�on visit www.hvg.com.au
25TH OCTOBER | JAZZ IN THE VINES | Tyrrell’s Vineyard |Jazz in the Vines is unlike any other Jazz concert in Australia. Apart from being the longest running annual music fes�val in the Hunter Valley, Jazz in the Vines is more a picnic with good friends, fantas�c food and great Hunter Valley wines all wrapped up in the beau�ful surroundings of the Brokenback Mountains. Be entertained by some of the country's biggest names in Jazz at the famous Tyrrell's Vineyard on the last Saturday in October every year. Check out the Jazz in the Vines website for current details, ar�sts and more at www.jazzinthevines.com.au
25TH—26TH OCTOBER | 4TH ANNUAL BALLOON FIESTA | Above the Hunter Valley! | Join the pilots and crew of Balloon Alo� for the 4th annual Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta on the 25th & 26th October. Enjoy a spectacular ballooning adventure, �ying with around twenty colourful balloons, then indulge in a delicious champagne breakfast on the deck at Peterson’s Champagne House. For more informa�on and to book �ckets visit the Balloon Alo� website at www.balloonalo�.com.au
25TH OCTOBER UNTIL 23RD NOVEMBER | SCULPTURE IN THE VINEYARDS | Throughout Wollombi | Celebra�ng its 12th anniversary, Sculpture in the Vineyards is Australia's largest outdoor sculpture exhibi�on. The event features over 100 outdoor sculptures and exclusive bou�que wines. Join Sculpture in the Vineyards and enjoy the hospitality and natural beauty of these excep�onal venues and the breadth of talent from the juried selec�on of artworks along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. Sculpture in the Vineyards is a celebra�on of art, food and wine where picturesque bou�que vineyards and cellar doors are transformed into �ve temporary sculpture parks. For more informa�on visit www.sculptureinthevineyards.com.au
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EDITORS f r o m t h e
HIGHLIGHTS WOMEN IN WINE | With Gwyneth Olsen Recently named the winner of the 2014 Gourmet Traveller WINE Young Winemaker Medal, Gwyn talks with us about women in wine...
GOURMET SECRETS | Wrapped in glass Ma� Dillow is now making those magni�cent ''chef-only �avours'' available to everyone to use in their kitchens....
AUS FRESCO | Get outside to dine | Australians are famous for their love of the great outdoors, par�cularly when it comes to entertaining....
THE KILNS | A rich history | Whilst driving along Wine Country Drive from Cessnock, it is hard to miss the beehive shaped structures that are now part of the Hunter Beer Co. outlook...
20 IT’S ELEMENTARY | New look for old favourite Mercure Hunter Valley Resort has unveiled their brand new restaurant, éléments - a drama�c transforma�on from the resorts previous restaurant…
HUNTER BLACKBOARD MAP | A popular addi�on to each and every issue. Use it to �nd your way around Wine Country...
October is perhaps the best �me to visit the Hunter Valley, especially if you have an interest in being outdoors and soaking up the ambience of the vineyards mid-spring. The buds are well and truly burst and a carpet of green covers the landscape.
Every Spring hue is represented this month at Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Spectacular, where over 2 million blooms can be appreciated along with rose talks and demonstra�ons and you can even take home a cu�ng.
We don’t limit the colours to the ground this month—look up towards the end of October to enjoy a spectacular display of colour in the air at the annual Balloon Fiesta! OK—so you’ll have to get up early—but we promise you it’ll be worth it!
Speaking of beau�ful views, the recently opened, unique and spectacular Len Evans Memorial Lookout at Constable Estate Vineyard is now open to the public 5 days a week. Climb the spiral pathway to enjoy 360o views of wine country and learn more about Len’s immense contribu�on to our wine industry.
This month we also welcome “Vineyard Vigne�es” to our regional art gallery in a vivid and varied exhibi�on of the works of
20 local tex�le ar�sts from a broad range of backgrounds who have produced an array of contemporary works of art, cra� and art to wear re�ec�ng the vineyards of the area.
Also this month, the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre is excited to launch a new marke�ng campaign to en�ce visitors to rediscover the Hunter Valley and is running a compe��on designed to share all the exci�ng o�erings and ac�vi�es there are to do in the Hunter Valley region. You’ll �nd out how to enter on page 8 of this issue.
Talking of prizes, local winemaker Gwyneth Olsen has just been awarded the Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Young Winemaker Medal for 2014. In this issue we talk to Gwyn about the growing trend of women in winemaking roles.
Of course it would be remiss of us not to men�on that this is our annual “Al Fresco” issue—the issue that celebrates ge�ng outdoors and dining within the landscape. Australians have a love of outdoor dining and there’s certainly plenty of great spots around the Hunter Valley to enjoy an “Aus-Fresco” experience—so get out and try one (or many!) today.
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