The fun side of seeing a winery in action is when the grapes are being picked and put through the crusher at the winery – which for the Hunter Valley happens mostly in January and February. For the rest of the year, action in the winery is generally pretty quiet. Luckily, you can experience a whole year of winemaking condensed into a short 15-minute visual presentation at the Hunter Wine Theatre at Hunter Resort.
The presentation gives the audience an insight into the Hunter Valleys wine heritage, grapevine maintenance and the steps in the winemaking process. After the presentation, you are invited to a 15-minute wine tutorial with the Cellarmaster.
What’s the difference between a wine tutorial, and a wine tasting? A wine tasting involves tasting various wines with a view to purchasing, whereas a wine tutorial takes participants on a learning experience with a bracket of four wines. The Cellarmaster will teach you how to taste front palate sweetness, acidity, and back-palate tannins, and most importantly exercising your nose to appreciate the bouquet of the wine.
The full half-hour experience is just $30pp, and the Hunter Wine Theatre is open every day at 10am and 3pm. Individual bookings are not required; however, numbers are limited for each show and times may vary, so be sure to check the website. Of course, if you have a group, you will definitely need to book.
Want to know more? Also found at Hunter Resort is the Hunter Valley Wine School, which promises an education of wine during the two-hour session. Stroll through the vineyard and learn how grapevines grow, then enjoy a comprehensive winemaking tutorial with the Cellarmaster. The structured wine tutorial covers the history of wine, how wine is made, grape varieties and the art of blending. You will receive a personalised Wine Appreciation Certificate to take home with you and loads of knowledge about Hunter Wines. Usually $60 per person but if you pre-book, just $40 per person.
For more information about both experiences, visit www.hunterresort.com.au