The Hunter Valley is a thriving wine producing and tourist region, around 2 hours drive north of Sydney. The Hunter Region is split into the Upper and Lower Hunter with most of the visitable wineries and tourist developments being in the Lower Hunter region(there are some notable exceptions, Rosemount Estate for example has its production centre in the Upper Hunter but has a representative cellar door in the Lower Hunter). The Lower Hunter Valley has led the way for Australian wine tourism with a good selection of cellar doors and restaurants.