Package Holidays in New South Wales
Pokolbin Hunter Valley New South Wales Australia
Two hours drive north of Sydney, Pokolbin is the centre of the Hunter Valley region and is mainly recognised for its wine - being Australia's oldest commercial wine producing area.
Viticulture in the Hunter Valley is considered to have commenced with James Busby. He brought over cuttings of European wines in the 1830s and established what was probably the first vineyard in the district.
The Drayton family then established a vineyard at Pokolbin around the late 1850s and the Tyrrells Estate was set up in 1859 and produced the first batch of wine in 1864.
It was not really until the 1960s that the wine industry of the Lower Hunter Valley really began to boom due to the closure of local mining operations.
For those who are not a wine enthusiast, there are still many secondary attractions to see and do. Visit an art gallery, the cheese factory and the chocolate factory or perhaps for the more adventurous try horse riding and hot air ballooning.
Tyrrell's Winery hosts Jazz in the Vines every October.