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

Briar Ridge Vineyard

Mount View might be a little out of town, but as any visitor to Briar Ridge will tell you, it’s well worth the trip. With a rich blend of Hunter classics and modern marvels to discover. The wines we create are a combination of hard work, rich soil and flavour combinations that are worth savouring. And they’re best enjoyed and shared with family and friends or at our cellar door (with a mountain view and an antipasto plate, naturally).This is our world. This is our wine. And you’ll find it off the beaten track.
Phone: 02 4990 3670
https://www.briarridge.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

Dalwood Estate

Dalwood Estate continues to raise the benchmark in Australian winemaking, placing passion, expertise and technique at the heart of all we do. We are proud to bring you an outstanding selection of Hunter Valley wines born from a legacy close to two centuries in the making As the longest running commercial vineyard in Australia Dalwood Estate purchased cuttings from the first Australian vine collections of Macarthur, Busby, Shepherd and Blaxland. Early colonial Dalwood wines from those vines won prizes at international exhibitions. It’s a proud heritage.
Phone: 02 6601 9077
https://dalwoodestate.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

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

Hollydene Estate

Hollydene Estate opened the Arrowfield vineyard to the public on February 17, 2014, and lies just 10 kilometres to the west of Jerry’s Plains and 20km east of the pretty little hub of Denman, gateway to the rich Upper Hunter Valley home of wines, equine and mines. The Hollydene and Wybong Estate vineyards are two of the oldest and most iconic vineyards in the Upper Hunter. Combined with the historic Arrowfield Estate, the three vineyards provide Hollydene Estate Wines with Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon, Tempranillio, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer and Verdelho grapes. The range of premium wines from Hollydene Estate are produced from low-yielding, high-quality fruit. The best environmental practices are applied by the Estate’s highly experienced viticulturists in producing grapes that are picked at optimum quality and flavour. The wines are traditionally produced and then carefully cellared in Hollydene’s world class wine storage facilities.
Phone: 02 6576 4110
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