Lovedale, often referred to as the “Heart of the Hunter,” is located just east of Pokolbin. The beautiful region is
renowned not only for its family-owned and operated cellar doors and award-winning wines but also for its community spirit and the entire lifestyle that has sprung up around it.
The name Lovedale combines the name of one of the early families of the district, the Loves, with the memory of Yorkshire's dales in England, and settlement in the area dates back to the early 1800s when there were significant land grants along Black Creek.
This area was particularly suitable for vineyards, and the history of Lovedale as a major wine-producing area can be dated to the time of settlement when local wheat and general produce farmers turned their hands to grape growing.
Lovedale is renowned for its boutique wineries and restaurants and the warmth and friendliness of the people who call the area home and host several events throughout the year, including the signature Lovedale Long Lunch held in May each year for over 25 years.
In Lovedale, you will find that the cellar doors are smaller and more boutique-styled, so you can meet the owners and enjoy a more personalised experience. Lovedale is a place you can stay and while the hours away. But beware, you may not want to leave.
Allandale Winery, Lovedale Hunter Valley (Credit: Howard Archibold)