Winery in Hunter Valley

Known for semillon and shiraz, plus the popular 'Cricket Pitch' range, this acclaimed winery has a slick new visitor centre appropriately decked out in wood. Gather round a sociable circular tasting pod and try the range. It's well worth investing in the $25 tasting, which covers lots of high-quality single-vineyard wines. There's also a viewpoint over the barrel room, a cafe – Cru – doing deli plates, and a restaurant, The Wood. The latter underwhelmed when we visited but was newly opened.

There are also winery tours at 10.30am and 2pm ($40 per person) and various winemaking masterclasses available. They push their various club memberships, which give you a discount on wine and free tours.