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Hunter Valley Wine Country open for business

May 1 Hunter Valley Wine Country open for business

Hunter Valley Wine Country business owners want visitors to know the storm has passed and the open signs are back up in Cessnock and Singleton local government areas.

Hunter Valley Wine Country business owners want visitors to know the storm has passed and the open signs are back up in Cessnock and Singleton local government areas.

Hunter Valley Visitor Centre Coordinator Melissa George said businesses were reporting an influx of cancellations as well as a drop off in new bookings and sales.  

“We are receiving numerous calls and emails from concerned visitors thinking the Hunter Valley is in complete devastation, however, that is not the case,” Ms George said.  

The region has an exciting calendar of upcoming events—from critically acclaimed plays at the Cessnock Centre of Performing Arts to the gourmet lovers’ dream that is the Lovedale Long Lunch.  

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said the natural disaster declaration in the Hunter may have clouded perceptions about access to the Cessnock and Singleton regions as well as services on offer.  

“All the major roads are open and our local operators are eager to get back to business as usual,” Cr Pynsent said.  

Cr Pynsent said he is heartened by the well wishes that have been sent to Hunter Valley Wine Country, including towns such as Kurri Kurri and Wollombi, with many people asking what they can do to help.  

“One of the best ways to assist the region through this tough time is to keep existing plans, or make new plans to visit and support local businesses,” Cr Pynsent said.  

“The recent storm has not crushed our spirits nor our region’s ability to provide visitors with a wonderful food, wine, recreational and cultural experience.  

“We are a resilient bunch here in the Hunter—the only thing being crushed is the grapes harvested in our region to produce our world-renowned wines.”  

For details about upcoming events, accommodation and visiting Hunter Valley Wine Country, contact the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre on 02 4993 6700.