Hot venue: Brokenwood Wines Cellar Door

The Hunter Valley venue features a tasting room, outdoor terrace, two private dining rooms and a wine museum.

Brokenwood Wines, located in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley region, has opened the doors to a brand new Cellar Door designed to accommodate corporate groups and events.

The $8 million development was unveiled in December 2018 and was designed by Sydney-based architect Villa + Villa.

The new Cellar Door is one of the largest in the region, covering 1400 square metres.

Brokenwood Wines managing director and chief winemaker Iain Riggs AM said the new venue will offer a “world-class experience” for visitors and corporate groups.

“This is a monumental step in our brand’s history and we are beyond excited,” he said.

Inside the new Cellar Door

The venue comprises a large tasting room with circular tasting ‘pods’, an expansive outdoor terrace, two private tasting rooms, two private dining rooms, a wine museum and a lounge area.

The two dining venues led by Andrew and Janet Wright, known for The Cellar Restaurant at Hunter Valley Gardens, will include casual eatery Cru Bar + Pantry and modern dining room The Wood Restaurant.

The Wood Restaurant

The 90-seat Wood Restaurant will offer a contemporary Australian menu with a strong focus on seafood, while Cru Bar + Pantry will serve up homemade pies, toasties, wood-fired pizzas and cheese and charcuterie for a more casual dining experience.

The venue also includes KB’s Lookout, a space above the tasting room named in honour of the late Keith Barry who was the winery’s vineyard manager for 23 years.

Overlooking the barrel hall, the museum will be devoted to Brokenwood’s history and will host vertical tastings of flagship wines, blending exercises and other events.

Seafood-focused menu at The Wood Restaurant

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