- Published on Monday, 09 November 2015 07:56
There’s something classical and elegant about wine country, where centuries of traditional methods are used to create one of the world’s most refined pleasures. The picturesque Hunter Valley is home to some of Australia’s finest vineyards. Grape vines stretch for miles across rolling green hills – it’s truly a stunning part of the world. With such natural beauty on offer, it’s no wonder that this area is a popular location for weddings. When it comes to wedding venues in the Hunter Valley, you are truly spoilt for choice. Here are our top picks.
Even the fussiest bride will be overwhelmed by the luxury available at Chateau Elan. Boasting five potential ceremony and reception venues, you can select the venue best suited to your requirements. The Founders Room seats 170 guests and includes a dance floor while the Carriage House offers a more old-world feel. If the weather is fine, you can even use the fairway on the golf course for your ceremony. If you want to leave your wedding in the hands of the experts then Chateau Elan is for you. Specialist decorators can assist you with the theme of your reception venue and an in-house catering team will work with you to deliver the perfect wedding dinner. Guests unable to attend in person can even watch your ceremony via live streaming!
Guest villas offer king size beds and some also include balconies where you can watch kangaroos and wallabies explore the golf course. If your villa is a long walk from where you wish to go, never fear. Reception can send a golf cart to collect you. Spa facilities are also available on site including massage and a hair salon. You may never want to leave!
Spicers Vineyards Estate
For an intimate Hunter Valley wedding, Spicers Vineyards Estate is an excellent choice. Tripadvisor users voted Spicers Australia’s number one hotel for romance in 2015, so you know you’re in for a special experience.
Spicers take great care to offer a personal touch for weddings. Wedding parties have exclusive use of the property on the day of the ceremony and four reception venues are available for you to choose from. The estate’s onsite, multi award winning Botanica restaurant overlooks the Brokenback Mountains and offers seated dining for up to 80 people. For a smaller, more intimate gathering the Harvest Room (located within the main restaurant) can accommodate 14 people and the separate Guest Lounge seats 24 people. Alternatively, if you have a particular vision for your special day a marquee is available for you to create your own perfect space.
Reception packages are available, including beverage packages featuring award winning Hunter Valley wineries. No sub-par ‘house’ wines for your guests! Guest rooms offer King-size beds, lounge areas with open fires and complimentary wine on arrival. Rooms with private balconies or courtyards are also available to ensure a little extra privacy.
One charming feature of this Estate is the changes throughout the grounds according to the seasons. Whether you dream of an autumn wedding with falling orange leaves or romantic evenings next to the open fire in winter, Spicers is a beautiful setting year-round. With old gum trees, eight acres of vineyards and mountain views, your wedding photos are guaranteed to be absolutely stunning.
Located within the Hunter Valley Gardens, Mercure Resort offers luxurious accommodation with plenty of activities for guests. A tennis court, pool and spa are available to create a relaxed environment for any wedding party. From a small, intimate gathering to a grand and lavish event, Mercure can cater to whatever type of ceremony and reception you desire.
Ceremonies can be held within the beautifully landscaped gardens or at the nearby Hunter Valley Chapel. For receptions, the Conservatory can seat 30 guests, who will be pleasantly warmed by an open fire. Perfect for cooler evenings with special friends and family. On the other end of the scale, consider the Semillon Ballroom, able to accommodate 160 guests for a sit-down meal. No need to agonise over the guest list! Everyone you care about can attend your wedding in grand style. Mercure also boasts their very own Executive Chef, able to create custom menus combining local Hunter Valley produce with the very best wines from local vineyards.
While the bridal party takes advantage of the property’s natural beauty for photographs, your guests can explore the spacious gardens and even a boutique shopping village. After the festivities are completed, the bride and groom can look forward to a complimentary night in a luxurious deluxe suite to finish the perfect day.
If a winery style wedding is what you're looking for then take a look at even more amazing wedding venues in the Hunter Valley on offer here!
About The Author
Jill is a trained scientist but she loves to write, and weddings are much more interesting than writing scientific journal articles. After getting married in Las Vegas, she's pleasantly surprised that her in-laws still speak to her.'