Oakvale Café, Pokolbin

Piazza d’oro coffee. 1596 Broke Road, Pokolbin. Not every winery in the Hunter Valley has a café attached, but Oakvale has “espresso” written on its gates, so we decided to call in.

The background noise is a mix of radio and cellar door wine spiel; a range of reasonably priced food options are on offer.

Coffee takes a while to arrive, and comes out with a very thick head of foam on it – strong enough to take the weight of a teaspoon – that masks the flavour of the beans.

Wine country café, Pokolbin.

Peaberrys gourmet coffee. 455 Wine Country Dr, Pokolbin. Adjacent to the wine country information centre, this is a place to recharge – if you need it – after the drive up to the hunter valley. As you’d expect, the place is crowded with gourmet food choices, and has an atmosphere somewhere between truck-stop restaurant, and wine district café. As such, you’ll find fellow patrons in a similar state of road-weariness.

Coffee is hot, and well-presented. The milkwork is good: consistent. Flavourwise, it’s not the best cup in the region, but quite drinkable.