Discover modern wines in picturesque Lovedale
Tucked into the Hunter Valley’s Lovedale region sits a quiet achiever that’s been an enduring presence in wine country for nearly 40 years.
Emma’s Cottage is well-known to guests of Lovedale Long Lunch, having been a host of the event since its inception almost 30 years ago. Now, the property is in a new era, with Alter Wines launching its cellar door at Emma’s Cottage in late 2022.
Alter Wines is brought to you by award-winning Bimbadgen winemaker Richard Done, and bills itself as Bimbadgen’s alter ego – an ethos that inspired the brand’s name.
Alter Wines draws from seven grape varieties grown onsite at Emma’s Cottage, as well as other locally-sourced grapes to create its boutique wines.
At the cellar door, you can taste Alter’s seven different wines that each represent a modern spin on classic Hunter Valley drops.
Fans of sparkling will be eager to try the non-vintage Alter Sparkling Blanc, as well as the 2021 Alter Blanc de Blancs. Expect takes on classic Hunter Valley varieties with the 2019 Alter Semillon, 2021 Alter Chardonnay, and 2021 Alter Shiraz. Rosé lovers will enjoy the 2022 Rarebirds Rosé, while the 2021 Alter Shiraz Pinot is an ideal drop for a cosy evening.
If you’re after a bite to eat to accompany your tasting, order from The Larder. There’s an extensive cheese list and grazing options to choose from so you can create your own charcuterie board to enjoy. Pair it with a glass of Alter wine, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
Whether you sit inside in the bright cellar door space, or take your tasting outside to soak up the vineyard views, you’ll be guided through each wine by a knowledgeable Emma’s Cottage staff member, so you can get the most out of your experience.
You can even make use of the property’s dedicated events space, The Wine Shed, for your next function. The Emma’s Cottage events team are on hand to make your gathering special, whether it’s a birthday, engagement, or a festive season get-together.
The property is also a beautiful backdrop for weddings, with a range of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options to choose from.
Emma’s Cottage has been known over its almost 40 year history for its charming accommodation. If you’re planning a group trip to wine country, book in to stay at one of the five self-contained vineyard cottages available on the property.
Ranging from two bedrooms to five bedrooms, the cottages are ideal for big family getaways or trips with friends.
In winter, the cottages are a cosy spot to sip wine by the log fire, and in summer, you’ll be able to cool off in the pool before having a barbecue under a large covered verandah.
If Emma’s Cottage is sounding like a dreamy stop on your next Hunter Valley trip, it might be time to book a getaway.
Photography credit: Image 1 and 4 by Bryce Noone Photography; image 2, 3 and 5 by Tim Pascoe.