The Hunter Games: part one

I am sat here at the end of a wonderful first day in the Hunter Valley wine region, and despite the storms and some pretty heavy rain, this area is still absolutely stunning and peaceful.  We’re here for three days to celebrate Dan’s birthday and I have to say it’s pretty great to escape the city and slow down the pace for a few days. Christmas now feels a long time ago!  After a slightly shaky start with the GPS not helping us to get through Sydney city centre, it was a good drive up to Pokolbin and we arrived at the beautiful Villa Provence where we’re staying.

Villa Provence Hunter Valley

What struck me first was the quiet – this is a good thing! Just the sound of nature…it’s almost deafening! Jo, the owner of Villa Provence was friendly and gave us a sheet of recommendations for the region. The ‘Shiraz’ suite (very fitting!) is nearly bigger than our flat and we were greeted with chocolates and a bottle of sparkling in the fridge – nice touch!

View at Villa Provence Hunter Valley

Staying at Villa Provence Hunter Valley

After dumping the bags were started with some lunch at Tuk Tuk at the nearby Tempus Two which was not meant to be the fanciest meal of the trip but certainly did the job of lining our stomachs for the afternoon! This place has about 30 different types of burgers, using beef, chicken, lamb and pork, with gluten free and vegetarian options. I went for the beef with jalapeno’s, tomato chilli sauce and cheese in gluten free bread (top) and Dan had the pork burger.

Tuk Tuk burger Hunter Valley

Pork burger Tuk Tuk Hunter Valley

Delicious! Then the tastings began…