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Dark Horse Vineyard

A stunning boutique equestrian themed cellar door in the heart of the Hunter Valley

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There are cellar door experiences in the Hunter Valley, and then there are cellar door experiences in the Hunter Valley like Dark Horse Vineyard!
Dark Horse Vineyard
This stunning equestrian-inspired cellar door provides a luxurious yet completely relaxed atmosphere, almost like you’re sitting on the couch at home, wine tasting experience. Best of all Dark Horse Vineyard is located right in the heart of the Hunter Valley’s wine tasting area.
Dark Horse Vineyard
Dark Horse Vineyard

Upon arrival owners Olivia and Martin Pukanic ever so graciously welcome us into their beautifully renovated, barn-like cellar door. Olivia talks us through the massive undertaking that was required by herself and Martin to turn this once colorbond shed into the spectacular cellar door that it is today.

Dark Horse Vineyard
The appropriately coloured Black Caviar exterior walls make for a dramatic contrast to the surrounding acres of vineyard and grassy pastures, which we must mention is shared by Olivia and Martin's beloved, Warmblood horses Doni and Doll.
Dark Horse Vineyard

Relocating from Sydney several years ago, Olivia and Martin fell in love with the property on first site, particularly for its five acres of Semillon and two acres of Chardonnay that were planted back in the 60’s.

Dark Horse Vineyard
Dark Horse Vineyard
Even at a quick glance you get the impression that Olivia and Martin are all about quality rather than quantity which is also reflected in their wine philosophy with the low-yielding and high quality grapes being hand-picked and exclusively grown in the Hunter Valley. Producing only 1300 bottles a year you’ll need to either visit the cellar door or go online to get your hands on one of these black beauties.
Dark Horse Vineyard

 

Dark Horse Vineyard
Dark Horse Vineyard
In addition to the wine Dark Horse Vineyard also doubles as a luxe homewares shopping experience. With a wine in one hand, take a browse through the beautiful range of homewares. From cushions to throws, to kitchenwares, all of which are beautifully framed by those dramatic horse portraits that you can’t help but get a little lost in.
Dark Horse Vineyard
Whether you're a horse lover or not you will absolutely fall in love with the Dark Horse Vineyard. Not just for its style and quality but for that beautiful country hospitality. It's a must visit on your next trip to the Hunter Valley. 

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Location:
386 Wilderness Rd
Lovedale 2320
Contact:
(02) 4998 6525
darkhorsevineyard@hotmail.com
Website:
darkhorsevineyard.com.au
Wine:
Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon, Rose
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