Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Celebrate the Hunter Valley's Spoils in One Spot at the Region's Newest Wine Festival


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Experience the best the Hunter Valley has to offer in one day and in one place, at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, for the inaugural Hunter Valley Wine Festival on October 12, 2013.

The event will bring together more than 30 local wineries and producers for a day of tastings, gourmet food and entertainment, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and the rugged Brokenback Ranges.

A range of Hunter Valley's finest producers will treat festivalgoers' tastebuds, from boutique family-owned wineries to more established operations such as Tyrrell's Wines, Brokenwood and Peterson House. Local boutique beers and crisp ciders will also be on offer, complemented by gourmet fresh produce from the region.

The festival which will be held on the hotel's sprawling grassy lawns and in the stately new marquee will also be alive with entertainment throughout the day, including guest speakers, live music and a program of family-friendly activities such as face-painting, a jumping castle and train rides.

With everything in one place, festivalgoers can relax and enjoy the day at their own pace, between 11:00am-5:00pm. For the ultimate wine festival experience, stay on-site in a deluxe room or self-contained two- or three-bedroom villa at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

Hotel guests can break from the festival any time to enjoy the range of facilities around the grounds, including an 18-hole golf course, day spa, outdoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, oversized chess set, two restaurants and two bars -including Vista Lounge, renowned for having one of Australia's largest whisky collections.

The hotel also offers the only complimentary fully supervised kids' club of any hotel in the region, the Water Dragons Kids Club for children aged three to 12.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is offering a special Hunter Valley Wine Festival package, including two-night stay, breakfast for two and festival tickets for two, starting from $450 per night for a deluxe room*. For more information or to make a booking, visit www.huntervalleywinefestival.com or call the hotel on (02) 4991 0970.

The Hunter Valley Wine Festival is an initiative of the Schwartz Family Company, owners of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and event organisers of other successful festivals in NSW, including the popular Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival, held since 2008, the Brew Mountains Beer Festival and Newcastle Beer Festival.

"I'm passionate about the Hunter Valley, that's why I bought the hotel and we've just purchased the adjacent McWilliams Middle Creek vineyard, which has 35-year-old chardonnay and semillon vines that have produced some of Australia's most distinctive wines," said Dr Jerry Schwartz.

"This festival is a celebration of what makes the Hunter Valley so attractive. We will showcase the region's best wine and food, and importantly, we will have entertainment and attractions for all the family. I want this resort to become one of Australia's most family-friendly resorts."

Tickets to the festival are $30 pre-sale and $40 on the day (if available), and include 10 free tastings. Children under 18 years of age are free. For more information, or to book tickets, visit www.huntervalleywinefestival.com.

*Minimum 2 nights stay. Terms and conditions apply and are subject to availability.


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