THE Hunter has been named Australia’s best food and wine region in the latest instalment of the Gold List Awards, a nationwide survey conducted by Luxury Travel Magazine.
The region was announced at an event on Friday, which coincided with publication of the magazine.
For 10 years thousands of Luxury Travel Magazine readers have voted on their favourite destinations, with the region’s wineries, cafes and restaurants helping the Hunter claim the top gong this year.
Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association general manager Gus Maher said the nomination acknowledged the region’s place among Australia’s tourism destinations.
‘‘We are extremely honoured and excited by the award, which re-affirms that the Hunter Valley is a premier wine and food destination not only in NSW but in all of Australia,’’ Mr Maher said.
Organisers have began preparing for what’s been labelled the ‘‘ultimate’’ Hunter Valley experience, the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month, in June this year.