Australia Expat Life

Boutique Wine Tasting at Dark Horse Vineyards

April 10, 2017
Dark Horse Cellar Door 2

Hi Guys!

You all know by now that I loveeee wine, so when Patrick asked me if I would like to go to the Hunter Valley for some wine tasting and a nice lunch I couldn’t pass it up. I had been wanting to visit Dark Horse Vineyards for a while now, every since I started following them on Instagram I fell in love with their cellar door and wanted to go visit.

Dark Horse Vineyards

Dark Horse Vineyards is located about 40 minutes outside of Newcastle in the suburb of Lovedale. To start you off, I am going to share a little background info on this boutique winery:

Dark Horse has combined their love of Wine and Horses to bring you Hunter Valleys first Equestrian Inspired Cellar Door.  Their cellar door is new to the Hunter Valley opening in 2016, but their vines have been around for half a century. The unirrigated vineyard is cane-pruned and hand-picked to produce a low-yielding, high-quality grape. They only produce approximately 1300 bottles of each wine, and all wines are exclusively Hunter Valley grown.”

The cellar door is absolutely beautiful, the styling and decor were so cozy I felt like I wanted to move right in. Patrick and I tasted 5 of their wines; 1 vedehlo, 3 semillions and 1 rose (Patrick also tried the Shiraz). My favorite was the Doni & Doll Semillion, which I ended up buying two bottles. Patrick liked the Shiraz, so in total, we walked out with four bottles of boutique Hunter Valley wine! Life couldn’t get any better hey!?

Dark Horse is not only a stunningly beautiful and has great wine they also sell homewares. Meaning that all the beautiful stuff that they have used to decorate the cellar door is also for sale! It’s a two for one, wine tasting and shopping all at the same place who could say no to that?

Dark Horse Cellar Door 2

Dark Horse Cellar Door

Dark Horse Cellar Door 4

Dark Horse Cellar Door 3

Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria

After our successful visit to Dark Horse Vineyards, we set off to get lunch at Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria . Patrick’s parents recommended this restaurant to us for lunch and when it comes to their recommendations they are always spot on, especially when it comes to enjoying good food. All I have to say is that I had the best wood-fired pizza for lunch that I think I’ve ever eaten. If I could go back every day I would. The food was amazing, the wine was amazing and what can I say, the views were amazing too. We will be going back to Lillino’s for sure, I mean we only tried the pizza section of the menu! Next, we will have to try the mains and I honestly can’t wait.


lillianos 2

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

After lunch, Patrick and I decided what not a better way to finish off the day then going to Sabor for some yummy dessert and coffee. Sabor is a must if visiting the Hunter Valley, their desserts are literal works of art and so so delicious. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

I ordered the Red Velvet & Summer Berry Cheesecake and Patrick decided on the Triple Chocolate Dome.

sabor dessert

sabor dessert 3

sabor dessert 2

Just looking at these photos makes me want to go back again. Luckily, we have another trip (for Pat’s b-day) 😉 booked back in a couple of weeks! Until next time!

XX Court

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  • Reply Olivia April 11, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Oh my! This honestly looks like heaven! I am not one who typically enjoys alcoholic beverages, however, I think this may be something I would be willing to go try!

  • Reply Whimsy April 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I love this post! And the pics you have here are so beautiful! I should totally try wine tasting out one day!

  • Reply Mary Jane April 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Wow those meals look incredible! We’ve had some of the best meals at our lives, full of fresh local produce, at local wineries. Such a lovely idea for a date 🙂

    • Reply Court April 11, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Mary Jane! Yes the Hunter Valley is full of local farmers and wine makers selling their products through their cellar doors, restaurants and little shops.

  • Reply Jessica April 11, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Those dessert pics are literally killing me!
    Need to eat something sweet now… 😛

    Enjoy your next trip 🙂


    • Reply Court April 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Jessica! They were pretty delicious I think I could also go something pretty sweet right now

  • Reply Lauren April 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I do wish we had more places like that here!
    As much as I love my wine, those desserts are enough motivation on their own—they’re beautiful!

    • Reply Court April 11, 2017 at 8:57 am

      The desserts were amazing! They also had an entire case full of other desserts that look just as good if not better. You can never go wrong when visiting a dessert bar!

  • Reply Anastasia Nicole April 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This looks like the perfect weekend. So cozy with amazing food and great wine!

  • Reply Alex April 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    That spot looks so charming! I’ll have to add to my visit list if we ever do one day!

  • Reply stephanie April 12, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I swear I’m ready to move from the States to Australia. It’s posts like these that take me over the edge. This location looks so beautiful and inviting. I can’t think of a better day than spending it with horses, wine and good company 🙂

  • Reply Hayley April 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Wow this looks like an amazing place to visit! Those deserts look incredible!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lisa Machac April 12, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I’m so glad to know about this… it looks heavenly!

  • Reply Crystal April 12, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Wow! This is so beautiful! 😀 Lovely pictures! 😀

  • Reply Kristen April 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

    This looks like it was so much fun and it is so beautiful! 🙂 I’ll keep this in mind for the next time I’m in the area!

    – Kristen

  • Reply Leticia April 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful!! Ah, I would love to visit to this Vineyard.

  • Reply Clarissa April 14, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Looks like an awesome time! Such beautiful photos of the scenery!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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