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“Waitress thought Riesling was a red!”

Wandin Valley Estate
Ranked #11 of 20 things to do in Lovedale
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Wandin Valley Estate is situated in the Lovedale area of the lower Hunter Valley, produces wines of premium quality and is a unique tourist destination for visitors. The Estate has a Cellar Door, and offers luxurious accommodation for wedding guests in self-contained Tuscan style villas, swimming pool, tennis court and a country cricket ground overlooked by the gracious Cricketers Pavilion. The Cricketers Pavilion is a purpose built function centre which hosts wedding receptions all year round and overlooks stunning Malbec vines and natural bushland. There are multiple ceremony locations dotted around the estate including the Eucalypt Grove, Pontoon and The Barn.
Reviewed 23 March 2014

And it just went downhill from there....

This was the worst service I have ever experienced. On entering we were asked if we had a reservation (nothing wrong with that) but on answering that we didn't the waitress turned to her colleague in front of us and said 'can we take these walk ins?' Not very welcoming. We're the seated at a table directly under the speakers while there were at lease 15 other empty tables. The waitress then came to put cutlery on the able and asked us twice which was the left side so she could put the cutlery in the right place. We then ordered 3 plates and a glass of wine. I ordered a glass of Riesling. 3 times the waitress said 'what?' Am I speaking in a foreign language? Then when she asked me if that was a red I realised she did not know what a Riesling was ..... And this is at a winery. And then.... We waited. And waited. Received one plate of food but no wine. On asking for the wine the waitress said 'I don't know, I didn't take that order' and walked away. We watched as the waitresses went to each other table and apologies for the forgotten drinks or late food. That was enough for us. We walked out in disgust. Such a shame because this place used to be good, but in the cafe they clearly had no idea what they were doing.

5  Thank milliecharlie
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

I am visiting a friend in Newcastle who treated me to a day of driving in the Hunter Valley and some wine tasting in that famous wine region..
We sampled some very nice wines at Wandin – I particularly liked their 2011 WANDIN HV SHIRAZ better than the 2010. Being from the Northern California wine region, I found it refreshing to again be able to taste the wines without having to pay a fee.

After the tasting were we had a very nice lunch ordering off their Divvy (tapas) menu:
Sizzling Garlic & Chilli Prawns
Pan Seared Scallops On Warm Chorizo and White Bean Salsa
A chicken breast not listed on their online menu
Chips w/ Chilli Aioli

The food was excellent.

Thank LostLen
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Yesterday, on driving through the front gates and then meandering up the winding road through Wandin Estates' beautiful grounds, alongside the cricket ground and Pavillion with resident kangaroos watching us pass by we felt the weight lift from our frazzled bodies...we, my husband and I had made a late decision to book lunch on a Thursday, driving up from Lake Macquarie and were greeted warmly by Dior who seated us at a table of our choice on the outside deck with tree filtered views over the Estate AND great views to the distant, surrounding Watagan Mountains and Brokenback Range...promptly provided with menus, wine list and poured water we took our time selecting four "divvy dishes" from the tantalising Tapas style menu...each dish is variously priced for sharing between four but we were advised that it is also no hassle to order for two or even for one if dining alone...and with plenty of wines available by the glass this is a fabulous way to dine with the opportunity to taste more dishes and wines for a similar cost of a usual two course menu...
yumm...smoked salmon and crab rolls, sizzling chilli/garlic prawns, seared scallops with Chorizo and white bean salad and then our fourth dish being a delightful vegetable terrine washed down with Wandin semillon sav blanc and chardy...
We then ordered two more dishes; twice cooked pork belly and a five spiced duck with green tea noodle salad and then again two different accompanying glasses of red wine... all going down beautifully...all tasting very good and the dishes presented well...
whilst being pleasantly full by this time we lingered without feeling harrassed to leave and decided for a dessert being a coconut Brulee and shortbread with a great tasting and refreshing Moscato with lemon...
an indulgent Mocha and esspressocoffee to spike us out of our reverie and on our way we paid our bill, both agreeing was very good value for money...
we then went next door to the adjoining Wandin cellardoor to buy a few of the wines we had enjoyed over lunch again being warmly greeted by BJ,...
to top it off we chatted to a couple of staff, Mercedes and Damon who whilst looking busy, still took time to show us their old winery undergoing renovations to become their new and exciting cellar door...telling us also of other upgrades completed and further plans taking Wandin and its operations to the next level...
driving out we decided we would love to come back to Wandin soon... staying with friends... booking one of their luxury accommodations...wow...but now, back to reality and the pressures of life...

1  Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

An interesting menu to share with partner or friends, enjoy a fine glass of wine and maybe a nice dessert. Lovely food in a very pleasant environment.

Thank JOHN N
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We arrived in the valley after lunch time on a Friday and didn't think we would be able to find anyone serving lunch. We walked into Wandin expecting nothing but we were totally blown away. From the friendly waitress, to the chef agreeing we could order from the menu down to the best tasting moscato i had tasted, perhaps because it was served with ice & lemon - whichever it sure quenched my thirst. We ordered a few of the tapas dishes made for two and proceeded to devour all that was placed in front of us. Oh yes what a fab find!! Do try the chocolate pudding, you wont find one that tastes better then this one. Love ya work Wandin!

1  Thank jacjacjackeee
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