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More Than Your Average Tasting


Just one look at the exterior of The Garden Cellars at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village speaks volumes to its history – it’s one of the oldest cellar door complexes in the Hunter Valley.

But while the buildings that once housed tastings for Hungerford Hill still showcase a wide range of Hunter Valley reds and whites, its current tenant is known for more than just great wine.


It seems like an understatement to say that The Garden Cellars offers an extensive range of craft beers and ciders, local wine and premium spirits (including local distillers Hunter Distillery and Small Mouth Vodka). Massive might be a better descriptor – if not as grammatically eloquent!


With a lifelong interest in wine, beer and spirits (at one point his personal wine cellar contained more than 8000 bottles), owner Peter Clarke feels right at home amongst the bottles lined neatly in rows the length of the cellar door, and equally as comfortable behind the tasting bar talking about the best ways to drink fine spirits.


“The range was much smaller when we first opened,” reminisces Peter.


“We were mainly wine-focused and stocked just a few beers, but we recognised the ever-increasing popularity of craft beers and premium quality spirits – which has continued to grow. We now try to keep our range ever-evolving to suit the changing tastes and needs of our customers.”


Being located in the heart of one of Australia’s oldest winemaking regions, it’s little wonder that Peter remains committed to supporting plenty of locally-made products.


“We stock a large range of local products. A lot of our customers are interested in trying local, so it makes sense for us to offer local products,” he said.


In the tradition of a vineyard-based cellar door, The Garden Cellars has daily tastings, however, their much broader stock range means it offers much more than your average vineyard experience.


“The combination of wine and spirit tastings gives our customers a different experience to other tasting options in the Hunter Valley,” says Peter.


With a range as extensive as the one on offer at The Garden Cellars, the staff certainly have plenty of products to stay up-to-date with – especially when it comes to the famed “Tunnel of Beer”, displaying over 800 different beers from around the world, making it an essential stop for any beer enthusiast visiting the Hunter Valley.


Why not drop in for a tasting – open 7 days from 10am until 5pm – or visit www.gardencellars.com.au


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