D'Vine Food and Wine Festival

Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

October 5-8 2024

D’Vine long weekend will be back in October 2024, and this spring it’ll be bigger and better than ever! We’re cooking up more to eat, more to drink, more to experience, and more entertainment for the WHOLE FAMILY – yep that includes the kids and your fur babies too!

What’s Happening at the D’Vine long weekend 2024?

While we haven’t got the program set in stone yet, you can expect wine, whiskey and craft beer tasting masterclasses, cheese & pasta making workshops, cooking demonstrations, tasting experiences pairing local wines with cuisine from around the world, barrel tastings, a Pet’s paradise with dog show, kids activities and even a grand final party!

There’s even horse and cart rides available and E-bikes for the more adventurous nature lovers.

There will be plenty of opportunities to purchase local produce, and handmade gourmet delights that you can take home and recreate amazing gastronomical experiences with.

Our full Festival Program will be published in early June.

Festival Passport

Your Ticket to a Great Weekend! 

Your Festival Passport is your ticket to discovering amazing artisan producers and wine makers and includes:

Transport from our Festival hub or your AHA accommodation
Entry to all participating venues
A Festival tasting glass
A coffee or other beverage on arrival
Access to our shopping concierge service
Partner deals

Final prices are yet to be set, but we’re planning to keep our Festival Passports easily affordable, and jam packed with value!

Keep your eyes open for early bird specials and sign up for updates to stay in the know!

Where's it all Happening?

The D’Vine long weekend is happening across the ‘Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail' extending from Hermitage Road across Deasy’s Road, and Old North Road. Often considered the centre of the oldest wine region in Australia, Pokolbin is rich with wine making history, stunning views of the Brokenback ranges and is home to a community of passionate small artisans. 

The D’Vine long weekend gives you an opportunity to discover more of these hidden gems than on any other weekend of the year. Even the smallest of our boutique producers without cellar doors are invited to be a part of the exciting D'Vine Festival!

Plan your Long Weekend

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in some immersive gourmet experiences with add ons to your Festival Passport. These tickets will be available on the website from June 2024. Individual events are only bookable once you’ve secured your Festival Passport.

Here's just a taster of some of the amazing events we have instore. No two days will be exactly the same, so make sure you book a few nights' accommodation so that you don't miss any of the excitement!

Cooking Demonstrations

Italian Cooking Demonstrations & Tastings

Our Italian Table

Traditional Pizza Making

Ometto Pizza at Glendore Estate

Mozerella Demonstrations

TBA

Premium Tasting Masterclasses

French Delicacies Paired with Premium Whites

Theleme Wines @ Black Creek Farm

Gin tasting & Cocktail Masterclass

IronBark

Semillon & Oysters

Wombats Crossing

Premium Sparkling Wines Matched High Tea

Wombat's Crossing

Entertainment

Live Music - Saturday Night

Estate Tuscany Courtyard (Thomas Wines)

Live Music - Friday Night

Latitude 32 VIP Event

Gourmet Market

Estate Tuscany Courtyard

Footy Gand Final on the Big Screen

Sunday Night @ Ironbark

Activities

Horse and Carriage Rides

From the Festival Hub

Olive Grove Tour

Hunter Gleann

Dog Show and Pet Market

Glandore Estate

Paint N Sip

TBA

Viticulture Tour, Winemaker Talk and Tasting

Latitude 32

Stay in the Thick of It

   Free Pick up and drop off


Stay with an AHA accommodation provider and pickup/ drop off to your accommodation is included in your Festival Passport!

   Free Shopping Concierge Service


No need to worry about carting your purchases around or doubling back later! The shopping concierge service, as well as the accommodation pick up and drop off is included free if you’re staying with any participating ‘Around Hermitage’ venues!  This includes lots of venues located on Hermitage Road, Deasy’s Road, Old North Road, Sweetwater Road and Mistletoe Lane. Find Accommodation here

  Accommodation for everyone's tastes


You can find self-contained cottages nestled away in the trees, hotel style accommodation, luxury glamping tents, spa accommodation, air BNBs, or bed and breakfasts. Find AHA Accomodation here

 Special Offers for D'Vine Passport Holders


We're busy gathering some great deals from our wonderful AHA accommodation providers to help you have the BEST festival.

Staying with an Around Hermitage Accomodation provider gives you plenty of perks!

4

Days

14

Festival Venues

21

Discover hidden gems

8

Kids Activities

26

Accommodation Options

FAQs

Should I stay a day or the whole long weekend?

Venues will be showcasing the best wine, food and fun the Hunter has to offer across Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and flowing into some fantastic school holiday activities on Tuesday. With so many venues to explore, we suggest that grabbing one of our early release weekend passes is a great way to go! Book in for an extra night or two and make sure you make the most of all the special offers that come with your D’Vine Passport! 

Is every day the same?

No. Shuttles will be available on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday and Tuesday are self drive days. Monday will be a quieter pace, great for those who don't like too many people. Not all venues will be running special events on Monday, so be sure to double check the program and find what interests you most when planning your stay.

Tuesday is highly family focused with activities for parents and children to enjoy together.

Is there anything to do at night?

We are planning casual events for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday evenings & a family movie night on Monday.

Is this really a family friendly event?

We get it - plenty of events say they're family friendly, but the kids are miserable with nothing to do! We have venues that have specifically planned events that kids will love while parents can relax and really enjoy their experiences! There's even venues offering parallel experiences for children with their parents.

Thanks to the great big paddocks, other venues will have outdoor games, craft and entertainment. If you're staying with kids, you might want to stay from Sunday into the new week and take advantage of the kids’ day Tuesday and embrace the great offers from Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, The Hunter Valley Gardens and more.

There are a handful of venues that are designated adult only spaces, so we ask you to check the program before planning your itinerary and respect the venues that have opted to be adult only.

Is my dog welcome at all venues?

The majority of venues are dog friendly, so long as your dog is vaccinated, well behaved, and kept on a lead. Some of our venues are working vineyards with dams, wildlife, working dogs and machinery, so it is not safe to let your dogs off lead to explore on their own.

We have a doggy daycare service available at Thistle Hill Guesthouse on Hermitage road with pick up and drop off (for a fee), so if you'd like to keep your pooch close for most of the time and then visit non-pet friendly venues, or give your doggy a rest, this option is available.

Can we buy tickets on the day?

Last minute tickets may be available, but venues will have capped numbers, so there are no guarantees. Activities with extensive preparation, such as cooking classes require pre purchasing. Ticket sales for these events will close on Thursday October 4 if not sold out prior.

We recommend booking your accommodation and grabbing your Festival Passport nice and early to avoid disappointment.

When can we buy tickets?

Our program will be confirmed in May with all tickets going on sale early June! Early bird discounts will be available, so register for event updates below to get a reminder!

What should I wear?

It depends what you want to do. If you're planning to explore the trail on a bike, joyride on a segway, or join a garden, olive grove or vineyard ramble, you might want to wear comfortable shoes. Most events will be held on grassy areas, so we'd suggest stashing the stilettos for another day.

Register for D'Vine Long Weekend Event Updates

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D'Vine Sponsorship

We have some exciting sponsorship opportunities available for this growing event! 

If you’re in the business of selling to cellar doors, accommodation providers and agribusiness, sponsoring D'Vine is a great way to build profitable relationships. Not only will you benefit from recognition print and digitally, you’ll also gain networking opportunities with AHA members and the opportunity to represent your business at our event hub! We’re looking to partner with businesses and organisations with values like our own. We value locally sourced, Australian products, and ethical dealings.

For more information on sponsorships please download our prospectus or reach out to marketing@aroundhermitage.com.au

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