Best Ways to Propose in the Hunter Valley

10 March 2023

Looking for a truly unforgettable proposal idea? Look no further than the picturesque Hunter Valley wine region. With its stunning vineyards, rolling countryside, and endless romantic activities and experiences, the Hunter Valley offers a wealth of options for popping the question to your beloved.


If you’re seeking inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most romantic ways to propose in Hunter Valley to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Proposal

It really doesn’t get much more romantic than a Hunter Valley exclusive hot air balloon ride for two over the vineyards. Balloon Aloft offers proposal packages that are designed to ensure your special moment is truly unforgettable.

The Ultimate Proposal Package is the perfect way to pop the question with Light up ‘Marry Me’ letters situated at the end of a red carpet decorated with LED candles and rose petals, with your own personal hot air balloon standby ready to whisk you both away on an aerial adventure.

Following your proposal, soar over the picturesque Hunter Valley vineyards at sunrise in Australia’s only love heart shaped balloon with just you, your partner and your pilot. Included in the VIP package is sparkling wine and locally made artisan chocolates to enjoy during the balloon flight, digital photos and a voucher to make up your own personalised hardcover photo book.

Make sure you book ahead as Balloon Aloft’s VIP flights book out well in advance.

2. Picnic Proposal

With so many beautiful Hunter Valley locations to choose from, a picnic proposal offers plenty in the romance stakes. Set up your picnic amongst the vineyards – just make sure you get approval from the vineyard or property owner first – and tailor your picnic to suit what you and your partner love. Luxury resort Chateau Elan offers picnic hampers for use on their property, or you can let local tour operator Two Fat Blokes arrange a luxury Miss Mays picnic to make the occasion truly unforgettable.

3. Horse and Carriage Ride

For a truly magical experience, take a horse and carriage ride through the vineyards. Hunter Valley Classic Carriages offers exclusive hire packages, complete with  wine tastings and a cheese platter, for an unforgettable romantic journey.

4. Fine Dining

For the food and wine lovers at heart, the Hunter Valley boasts some of the best restaurants in the country offering both a delicious dining experience as well as the perfect setting for a marriage proposal. Bistro Molines is situated at Mount View and has sweeping views of the local vineyards and countryside. French born chef Robert Molines is famous for his locally sourced and seasonal menu and the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated by Robert’s wife Sally. Rustic and charming, it is a romantic setting that won’t disappoint.


Another great option is the popular Muse Restaurant. Located in Pokolbin, it offers elegant fine dining courtesy of chef Troy Rhoades-Brown. Using only the best local produce, Rhoades-Brown offers contemporary Australian cuisine which changes throughout the year depending on what’s in season. The restaurant itself has a beautiful ambiance and an extensive wine list  that caters to the most discerning of tastes.


Both restaurants are incredibly popular, so be sure to book ahead of time.

5. Proposal with a View!

Situated on top of a hill with incredible 360-degree views stretching out across the Hunter Valley, Audrey Wilkinson winery makes a beautiful location for proposals. There are a number of tasting experiences available to suit your budget. Sip on fine wines and savour a local charcuterie and cheese board while you pop the question to the one you love.

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