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Heroes of the Hunter Weekend | Hunter Valley

Wine Selectors, Selector Magazine and Spicer’s Retreats have teamed up to create an exclusive, small-group Hunter Valley weekend this August.

Hosted by Selector Publisher Paul Diamond, this gourmet getaway brings together a revered group of Hunter Valley wine makers, tastings and dining experiences that gets you close to the Heroes of the Hunter.

Staying for two nights at the luxurious Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin, you'll be part of an intimate group of  food and wine lovers to taste, dine and rub shoulders with the people who are shaping Australia’s oldest wine region.

The highlights are two expertly crafted dinners with a unique selection of wines that explore the traditional and modern faces of Shiraz and Semillon, the hero varieties the Hunter. These private dinners, held at the iconic Restaurant Botanica, will be hosted by some of the most celebrated winemakers in the valley, for a unique perspective on what makes Australia’s first wine region great.


  • Two nights accommodation at the luxurious Spicers Vineyards Estate
  • Friday night Semillon dinner hosted by winemakers from Tyrrell’s and Brokenwood
  • Private tasting at Lakes Folly & Tyrrell’s
  • Lunch at hatted restaurant Bistro Molines featuring regional fare
  • Barrel sample and blending experience at First Creek 
  • Saturday night Shiraz dinner with wines from Tulloch Wines, Usher Tinkler Wines, De Iuliis Wines, Pepper Tree, Heart and Hunter and Chateau Pato

The Friday night Semillon dinner will feature a selection of rare, aged and museum released wines that showcase this special variety from a traditional and contemporary perspective, all matched to a superbly crafted menu from Spicer’s Botanica Head Chef, Matthew Bremerkamp . Our Semillon dinner will be hosted by some of the Hunters most revered wine makers; including Hunter luminaries such as Tyrrell's and Brokenwood.

After a luxurious breakfast, you will be transported to one of the Hunter’s most revered wineries, Lakes Folly, to explore the great Chardonnays and Cabernet’s of Australia’s first boutique winery.

Next the group you'll head to Tyrrell’s for a very special tasting in the traditional barrel hall. This tasting will get you up-close and personal with one of Australia’s oldest wine families and the wines that have made them an Australian icon.

You will then savour a special lunch at the picturesque Bistro Molines. Situated in Mount View Bistro Molines is considered one of the Hunter Valley’s “must-do” dining experiences.

From there you'll go to First Creek Wines where you'll get to taste wines from the barrel and experience the art of winemaking and participate in a blending class.

Finally, Saturday night will see you explore the Hunter Valley’s red wine hero variety at a very special Shiraz dinner. Focussing on the contemporary side of this variety the dinner will feature wines from: Tulloch Wines, Usher Tinkler Wines, De Iuliis Wines, Pepper Tree, Heart & Hunter and Chateau Pato. The dinner will be hosted by a selection of the winemakers and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Spaces are limited to 10 couples, so don’t miss out on this unique experience!

Prices start from $2300 per couple, based on King Spa Room accommodation.




Spicers Vineyards Estate is ideal for food+wine lovers to stay and explore the culinary and vinous pleasures of the Hunter Valley. Luxuriously appointed and set amongst rolling vineyards and native bushland with views overlooking the vines, the four-acre estate also houses the award-winning Restaurant Bontanica.

Exclusively appointed villas and spa facilities ensure Spicers Vineyards Estate is the Hunter Valley’s finest example of seclusion and privacy in a luxury setting.

For more information go to, spicersretreats.com/spicers-vineyards-estate

Event information

10-12 August, 2018

Spicers Retreat Hunter Valley

Pokolbin, NSW 

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