I will be visiting Australia shortly for my honeymoon and am spending a couple of days in the Hunter Valley region (our B&B is inside Kelman Vineyards, if that is helpful). We will be doing some wine tasting, etc. Does anyone have any recommendations for good places to visit, both for general atmosphere as well as the wines specifically?
I would probably prefer to taste more Shiraz and other reds than whites. Otherwise, unless there is a good reason to do otherwise, I prefer places that are less touristy (having no sense of how it is in the Hunter, I'm only imagining this in the Napa Valley/Sonoma context).
Also, any tips on how the Hunter is best approached would be appreciated. For instance, what approach have you taken with respect to buying wines - does it make sense to ship back to the U.S., or just take whatever you can on the plane?
Thanks in advance.