The Hunter Valley town of Lovedale is a community of boutique wineries, quality guesthouses and homestay accommodation, fine restaurants, unique galleries, and recreational activities such as golf, hot air ballooning, horse riding and wine tours.
The history of Lovedale as a major wine-producing area dates back to the early 1800s when local wheat and general produce farmers turned to grape growing. The name Lovedale combines the name of one of these early families, the Loves, with memories of the hills and dales of Yorkshire. Lovedale hosts a number of events throughout the year including the famous Lovedale Long Lunch in May. The surrounding wineries also host concerts, festivals and classes.