A taste of Santa Fe in wine country
In the Hunter Valley – a landscape of rolling hills covered in vineyards, bushland, and paddocks dotted with cattle – Casa La Vina feels like a world away.
As you enter the property and take in the luxury villas, you feel like you should be surrounded by the deep canyons and cactus-strewn deserts of the American Southwest.
Why? Although Casa La Vina roughly translates to ‘home in the vineyards,’ the architecture of the villas is inspired by the Pueblo style of homes found in New Mexico, especially Santa Fe.
It makes for a totally unique stay in the Hunter Valley – one that owner Sonia believes everyone should experience at least once.
Sonia owns and runs Casa La Vina with her husband Jason and daughter Grace. Originally from a rural area of the Hawkesbury, the family moved to the region 12 years ago before purchasing the property in 2021.
“It was something that we came across years before. When it came up for sale we thought ‘We need to go and have a look at this amazing property,’” Sonia said.
“The first time we drove in we loved it. It was just breathtaking.”
Sonia knew that she wouldn’t change a thing about Casa La Vina when she took over the now 12-year-old property.
When you visit the villas, you can certainly see why. The rendered exterior walls imitate the adobe-style construction of traditional Pueblo housing, transporting you to a relaxing stay in New Mexico.
Inside each of the three villas, exposed timber ceilings, log fireplaces, and South Western decor lend the space a cosy and romantic feel. The heated spa and outdoor fireplace in each private courtyard will draw you outside even on a cool evening.
It certainly doesn’t feel like your typical Hunter Valley stay, despite being located in the heart of wine country.
Only a couple of kilometres down the road you’ll find concert venues like Hope Estate and Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley Gardens, and plenty of wineries and restaurants.
“I think that’s what’s great about it. Guests can come here and all those things are so close by, yet when you’re on the property, you feel like you’re somewhere else.”
While you might choose Casa La Vina as your base to explore the Hunter Valley for a weekend, we wouldn’t blame you if you just stayed in to relax instead.
Photography: Muse Photography