Hunter Business Guide - Food and wine, hospitality

Agnew Wines

The Hunter's best kept secret - the perfect itinerary to explore some of the Hunter's most stunning cellar doors:
start with a tasting of premium wines at Cockfighters Ghost and Poole's Rock, an architecturally designed cellar door surrounded by the region's oldest shiraz vines dating back to the 1890s. Close to the cellar door is the award-winning restaurant Hunters Quarter.
Jump in the car and meander along the lush green drive to Audrey Wilkinson - perched atop a foot hill of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges with some of the Hunter's most picturesque views.

Catherine Vale

Catherine Vale is located in the Wollombi Valley near the town of Broke. As the name implies, it is a beautiful place located within a river valley, remembering the assertiveness of Catherine Lyndsay Hayden, Bill’s Aunt. The property is spectacularly located in the lee of the Hunter Range and borders Yengo National Park which forms the backdrop of the Cellar door. One hundred and eighty degree views including “Yellow Rock” impress most visitors to Catherine Vale. This outlook will give you an instant emotional attachment to the environment, and is why we call it our beautiful spot.
Catherine Vale offers a range of Italian wines including Barbera, Arneis and Dolcetto in the style of those from the Piedmont wine region in Italy. And of course the Hunter’s gem, Semillon.
Phone: 02 6579 1334

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

Margan Wines

Margan Wines is a family owned, award winning winery. Our vineyards, cellar door and restaurant are based in Broke Fordwich, a picturesque region of the Hunter Valley. Margan wines are uniquely estate grown and estate made.
Margan Restaurant is now in its thirteenth year and as the pioneers of agri-dining in the Hunter Valley we are committed more than ever to our ‘estate grown, estate made’ ethos. We base our menus around what we harvest from our one acre kitchen garden and orchard to maintain a truly seasonal focus. In addition we have our own olive trees, free range chickens, honey and raise our own lambs. A selection of our estate grown produce is incorporated into this menu.
Weddings at Margan are a stylish, yet relaxed affair. We offer a unique destination for those who appreciate quality food, great wine and friendly, intuitive service. Margan has that all important ‘wow’ factor and has quickly become one of the Hunter Valley’s most sought after venues.

Nelson Bay Golf Club

The 27 hole championship golf course is in a natural setting with native trees and flora, is home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and native birds. Ranked in the top 50 courses in Australia for rounds costing under $50, offers great value and an enjoyable experience to golfers of all levels. Located in Nelson Bay just walking distance from the CBD, it is the ideal destination for your next short break, family holiday, corporate golf day or extended golfing holidays. The Club has been purpose built to accommodate everyone... not just golfers! It includes a function centre with its own dedicated bar and entrance, main bar, sports bar, indoor/outdoor gaming facilities, cafe/lounge area, Bluewater Grill Restaurant, children's room all with stunning 180 degree views of the course and headlands. The Pro-Shop is fully stocked with merchandise, golfing equipment and more. Our friendly Professionals run golfing clinics, private lessons, golf days and trade days.
Phone: (02) 4981 1132

Newcastle Golf Club

Across the Hunter River from the city of Newcastle in the seaside suburb of Fern Bay, lies one of the country’s top 20 golf courses. This hidden gem is only a 20-minute drive from the Newcastle CBD. Despite the accolades heaped on it by many of Australia’s greatest golf professionals, course architects, its own members and visitors, Newcastle Golf Club remains one of our great golf secrets. If you’d like to find out more about this golfing sanctuary with the view of belonging to the Club, as a reader of Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle, Newcastle Golf Club extends an invitation to you to play 9 holes with the General Manager on the last Friday of any month in 2019. For more information on membership fees, an application form or to put in a request to play a round with the GM, please direct your enquiry to or call 02 4928 1365 quoting the code HCL.
Phone: 02 4928 1365

Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes has matured into one of Australia’s must play courses. The playing surfaces have become as renowned as the layout with pure bent greens and Santa Ana couch fairways in perfect condition all year round. Pacific Dunes is complete with not only with a world class 18-hole golf course but the award-winning Greenhouse Bar & Eatery catering for golfers seven days. The Greenhouse offers a wide range of classic dishes to reflect our love of fresh, locally sourced produce. Located only 25 minutes from Newcastle, 20 minutes from Port Stephens, two hours’ drive from Sydney & 5 min from Newcastle International Airport making it a destination to visit. Pacific Dunes offers a wide range of stay and play options starting from $105pp. Also, Pacific Dunes will do all the booking for you on your next stay be it 1-2 3-night stay with multiple course and accommodation options.
Phone: 02 4916 0500,

Tallwoods Country Club

Tallwoods Country Club is a 18 hole Championship Golf Course nestled amongst the dramatic coastline of the Manning Valley. As the region’s premier golfing destination it is the perfect venue for social golfing groups, corporate golf days or corporate events. Our restaurant offers the freshest local produce with something to satisfy even the most discerning tastes or you can enjoy a cold beverage after your game in our beer garden. Tom Ramsey, renowned golf writer and judge on US Golf Magazine’s ‘Top 100 courses in the world’ said “Tallwoods is a fine championship course weaving through the residential development. It is an interesting design (...) with stunning views from the higher tees.” The course was designed by Dr Michael Hurdzan, winner of the 2002 Donald A Rossi award by the Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf World Magazine’s 1997 ‘Architect of the year’.
The Boulevard, Tallwoods Village, Hallidays Point NSW 2430
Phone +61 2 6593 3228

Winmark Wines: a place to connect

Winmark Wines is an extraordinary Vineyard in the idyllic wine region of Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley with 28 acres of Chardonnay. The Estate is ideal for weddings, corporate events or peaceful family retreats. It features the monumental sculpture Biosis by sculptor David Ball, a stunning perennial and rose garden by landscape designer Paul Bangay OAM, and is home to the iconic rock, Pooles Rock. Winmark’s many landmarks provide unforgettable views and allow an array of opportunity for the ultimate getaway. Winmark Wines can accommodate up to 32 guests across its three stunning properties.
Phone: 02 9997 5373