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Put a Local in Your Pocket and Find... Tintilla Estate!

A short trip to the Hunter Valley (let’s say a sneaky weekend) will no doubt leave you wishing you’d allowed more time to fully experience and taste the delights of the region.

And if you didn’t know before you arrived, you will be surprised to learn that the area boasts more than 150 wineries and cellar doors and over 60 restaurants. The Hunter Valley truly is a wine and food lovers mecca.

The mobile optimised Hunter Valley Guide (which can be found at requires no app downloading or updating and is always available to help guide you to your next favourite winery or restaurant. Each month we’ll be bringing you our fave fans right here!


Last month, more visitors found the picturesque Tintilla Estate on the guide than any other winery, and there’s no doubt it’s one of our favourites too! This thoughtful family-run vineyard, winery and olive grove is a leader in the boutique cellar door wine and food experience.

The winery cellar door has that wholesome family warmth that keeps people returning. A truly unique experience, at Tintilla, you can take a seat across the table in their tasting room and sip from a large Riedel glass while eating a cheese platter with an assortment of Tintilla condiments, all whilst looking out over the magnificent rolling vineyard! Olives are also an important element of this grand estate, with five varieties grown amongst the vineyard and adding to the overriding feeling that you could actually be sitting somewhere in Tuscany.

Interestingly, the olives were planted in 1994 before the vines, and whilst award-winning wines flow from the 25-hectare estate, Tintilla’s essence is a vineyard that has managed to find that perfect blend of food, wine and family.

“Our travels in the USA and Europe have shown us that internationally the Europeans, especially the Tuscans and Burgundians, showed the way with integrating family, wine and food. We have sought to take this international experience and knowledge and do this as well in the Hunter Valley,” says Robert Lusby, who founded Tintilla Estate almost 27 years ago.

At the Tintilla cellar door, the visitor will not only gain insight into the array of European olives but get an education on the Hunter region and its gourmet produce. The produce will vary from season to season, with Tintilla producing its fine olives, luscious chilli tomato relish, fig jams, and local hunter honey throughout the year. Oh – and did we mention the exquisite wines?

You can find Tintilla Estate at 725 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin or on your phone at



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