SPICE Issue 92 Autumn 2021

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Hunter highlights Leave the city behind and explore a regional gem. Photo credit : Destination NSW




Events amongst the casks

French-inspired dining

State-of-the-art tasting facilities

Hope Estate is an all-encompassing cellar door venue that plays host to everything from large music festivals and corporate events to intimate tastings. Among its impressive event spaces is The Great Cask Hall, surrounded by 59 enormous winefilled casks and huge vaulted ceilings, and The Winery with seating for up to 1,000 guests (at regular capacity).

French restaurant Bistro Molines channels the South of France with its alfresco setting, paved courtyard, picturesque outlook and vines that stretch along the property. Owned by husband and wife duo Robert and Sally Molines, the highly awarded restaurant serves up sophisticated yet rustic dishes, inspired by Robert’s French roots.

After completing an $8 million development just over two years ago, Brokenwood Wines is now one of the biggest cellar doors in the region and is a great location for corporate groups and events. Groups can taste wines in one of the circular tasting ‘pods’ or in one of two private tasting rooms, before enjoying a meal at The Wood Restaurant or on the expansive outdoor terrace.


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Picturesque event settings

Charming culinary experiences

Rise above it all

Located in the Broke Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley, Margan is a family owned winery, cellar door and event venue. The property offers multiple spaces for corporate events, including a courtyard, bar, restaurant, barrel room and outside gardens. Whether a casual cocktail event or a more formal sit-down lunch, events at Margan showcase produce from the on-site gardens and the brand’s locally grown wines.

Located at Keith Tulloch Winery, Muse Kitchen is a charming European bistrostyle restaurant, and the sister venue to the high-end Muse Dining nearby. At the helm is chef Josh Gregory, whose passion for local, seasonal ingredients informs the ever-evolving menu. Muse Kitchen can be booked for exclusive events, offering groups a relaxed, intimate setting balanced with a high standard of professionalism and culinary expertise.

There’s nothing quite like soaring high above a destination in a hot air balloon – it’s an experience that will always leave a lasting impression. Balloon Aloft has been soaring above the Hunter Valley for more than forty years, taking off at sunrise and showing guests the picturesque wine regions of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury or Broke. Groups can even end the flight with a Champagne breakfast at Peterson House Winery and Restaurant.

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