Hunter Business Guide - Food and wine, hospitality

Bistro Molines

Overblown roses surrounding the property and spilling out of vases, a wisteria covered courtyard and a dining room with French provincial touches; what could be more romantic? Add the semi-private sunroom and wrap around verandas with new floor to ceiling concertina glass doors and it doesn’t get much better.Choose very European style long tables overlooking the vineyard for a sit down dinner for up to 90 guests, or cocktail style for 90-130 guests. Robert and his team can create the perfect menu for you while Sally Molines and wedding co-ordinator Tani Carr will make sure your wedding day is one you will never forget.
Phone: (02) 4990 9553
www.bistromolines.com.au

Carillion Wines

We craft elegant wines which encompass the terroir, the passion of our vigneron, the dedication of our vineyard managers, and the commitment of our winemaker. Over several decades, our founder, geologist Dr John Davis committed himself to seeking out ideal wine growing localities across the country, carefully selecting vineyard sites suitable for nurturing premium wine grapes. Under John’s watchful eye, the Davis family established high quality vineyards in some of Australia's finest wine regions - from the Hunter Valley and Orange in New South Wales to Wrattonbully in South Australia. On these sites, we planted varieties and clones that take full advantage of the soil and climate. Through decades of judicious management of these blocks, we are able to ensure that we consistently deliver the best fruit possible to the winery, year after year.
Phone: 02 4990 7535
https://www.carillionwines.com.au

Caves Coastal Bar&Bungalows

Caves Coastal Bar&Bungalow Nestled in the Caves Beach Dunes in the Lake Macquarie area and overlooking the natural, raw coastlines of the Pacific Ocean, Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is the perfect destination to enjoy a refreshing icy cold drink, a long lunch or an out of town beach getaway. Caves Coastal is home to the leading restaurant and bar north of Sydney in Lake Macquarie. Our chefs use a paddock and ocean to plate ethos, offering the freshest and best local produce the area has on offer all within a newly renovated casual chic indoor and outdoor setting. The hotel boasts 18 luxury beach bungalows and 34, 2 and 3 bedroom villas and townhouses with exquisite views across Caves and Hams Beaches. The hotel also offers exclusive events such as elegant weddings, large corporate and social functions and fashionable party experiences.
Phone: 02 4980 9999
https://www.cavescoastal.com.au

David Hook

DAVID HOOK planted the Pothana Vineyard on the family’s Hunter Valley property over 30 years ago with visions of growing grapes with distinct style, veracity and character. His accumulated knowledge and experience result in wines of outstanding regional and varietal appeal, reflective of their terroir and vintage. The David Hook Wines cellar is a rare find in the Hunter Valley. Specialising in single vineyard wines of the regions signature varieties, semillon, chardonnay and shiraz as well as authentic examples of the much-loved Italian varieties barbera and pinot grigio. One of the regions unique boutique cellars. David Hook Wines operates seven days a week.
Phone: 02 4998 7121
https://davidhookwines.com.au

Donarch Fine Chocolate

Located in the small hunter valley village of Tenambit (5mins from Morpeth & 30mins from Newcastle), Donarch Fine Chocolate first opened to the public in mid 2016. Since then, this remarkable locally owned and family operated business has become somewhat of an institution.
Donarch Fine Chocolate is community minded with a focus on premium quality and perfection, this multi-award winning chocolate has become one of the key foundations of our story and beautifully showcases the European techniques, passion and persistence of a truly remarkable chocolatier.
Phone: 02 4202 9721
https://www.donarchfinechocolate.com.au

Estate Tuscany

Only two hours from Sydney, located at the foothills of the Brokenback ranges in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley (NSW). Guests can experience a relaxing stay in Tuscan-style accommodation, with uninterrupted mountain views in the heart of Australia’s premium wine country. The grounds present a stylish blend of modern and rustic decor, set amongst 26 acres of beautiful countryside. Booking your stay via our website, guarantees you the best rates. There are two stunning eateries onsite. The Mill Restaurant offers guests a fine dining experience, while Brokenback Bar presents a cafe-style bar where guests can sample wine and beer from the region.
Phone: 02 4998 7288
https://estatetuscany.com.au

Fratelli Roma

A family affair owned and operated by one of the Hunter Valley's most passionate and talented teams. Chef Daniel Kibble and wife Christine, together with restaurant manager Nathan, Dan's younger brother, invite you to Central Maitland to enjoy one of the Hunter Valley's best dining experiences.
Our extensive menu features fresh seasonal produce, pasta and gnocchi handmade daily by Dan, comprehensive regional and international wine list, and friendly, personable service.
Phone: 02 4933 9989
https://www.fratelliroma.com.au

Greenway Wines

In a picturesque Red Barn encircled by the Brokenback Ranges and Wollombi Brook, you’ll find GREENWAY Wines. A family run vineyard producing handcrafted, small batch wines.
Varieties include Pinot Grigio, our sort after Fiano, a gorgeous rosè, the most supple of Merlots, and - of course 'the architect' Shiraz. We have also a selection of sparkling wines and a dessert wine to finish!
Wines at GREENWAY are made from 100% estate grown single vineyard fruit, nurtured using sustainable farming practices. Passionate and dedicated to the making of our wine, we only bottle when the vintage is at its best, producing limited releases, approximately 500 cases in any given year.
Accept this invitation, join us for a wine tasting, and in doing so become part of the magic that is GREENWAY WINES.
CELLAR DOOR OPEN | Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4.30pm
Phone: 041 8164 382
https://www.greenwaywines.com.au

Hollydene Estate

Whether you’re a local, visiting the Upper or Lower Hunter Valley, drop in for a bite to eat and a glass of Hollydene Estate wine or a craft beer in the cellar door as well as tastings of our extensive wine list.
Our philosophy is simple – we serve delicious tasting meals at a great price, in an amazing location, you will want to come back every day.
Open 7 days for lunch, Friday & Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday Breakfast.
(02) 65764021
https://hollydeneestate.com

Hungerford Hill

Hungerford Hill is a landmark of the Hunter Valley region, with its unique barrel-shaped tasting room and underground working cellar. Hungerford Hill has a proud reputation for producing distinguished wines and providing a memorable cellar door experience. Guided by accomplished Winemaker Bryan Currie, Hungerford Hill’s able team produce authentic wines, packed with character and interest, with a focus on New South Wales’ cool climate regions. The much acclaimed Muse Restaurant offers some of the finest food in the Valley amidst spectacular views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges.
Phone: 02 4990 0715
https://www.hungerfordhill.com.au