Reviews, Awards & Accolades

5 Star Winery James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 – 2018
SMH Good Food Guide - One Chef Hat 2017, 2018
Andrew Margan- Viticulturist of the Year 2015
Winner - Best Winery, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 – Hall of Fame
Winner - Excellence in Food Tourism, NSW & Hunter Tourism Awards 2014, 2015
Winner - Excellence in Food Tourism, Australian Tourism Awards 2014
Winner - Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year 2013
Winner - Best Restaurant, Australian Tourism Awards 2012
Vogue Living
1 June 2020 | Vogue Living

Weekend road trip: a guide to the perfect wine weekend in the Hunter Valley

Now that travel is allowed within New South Wales, you can finally act on that desire to get away from it all. For Sydneysiders, what better way to rekindle your love of travel than a road trip to the Hunter Valley?  Continue »

Time Posted: 01/06/2020 at 11:51 AM
Signature Luxury Travel & Style

Five reasons foodies should head to the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is home to more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, and its acclaimed restaurants and wineries are renowned for delivering some of the most exceptional gourmet experiences Australia has to offer. Among its Hall of Fame members is Margan, a family-owned winery boasting a red five-star rating by James Halliday Wine Companion for the last seven years. More than just a vineyard, the estate is home to an award-winning, hatted restaurant and a host of distinguished experiences for food and wine aficionados. Here are five reasons to rediscover the Hunter Valley at Margan on your next weekend getaway.  Continue »

Time Posted: 14/05/2020 at 4:49 PM
John Lewis
13 May 2020 | John Lewis

Wine critic John Lewis presents the A to Z of 'tipple trivia'

And now ladies and gents, by courtesy of COVID-19, we bring you Tipple Trivia. Sorry for the vaudeville touch, but to counter isolation stir-craziness, here's a little diversion cobbled together under the tag Wine's Arcane From A To Z. It's an alphabetical guide, mainly focused on the legion of new and unfamiliar wine varieties now appearing in winery cellar doors and bottle shops.  Continue »

Time Posted: 13/05/2020 at 12:00 PM
Getaway Australia
9 May 2020 | Getaway Australia

Experience farm to table dining in the Hunter Valley

With sweeping landscapes, mobs of kangaroos, delicious local wines and tasty gourmet food, the Hunter Valley is the perfect escape. Margan is a restaurant, winery and cellar door experience located in this picturesque region. Catriona Rowntree checked out the award-winning estate known for its farm to table dining.  Continue »

Time Posted: 09/05/2020 at 11:00 AM
Margan Restaurant
7 May 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Margan Cauliflower Cheese

As summer fades and the days become cooler, we welcome the change as it means beautiful cauliflowers in our kitchen garden are ready to harvest. Of the brassica family, the cauliflower is nutrient dense and has several health benefits which position it is a ‘super food’. That aside it is a tried and true crowd pleaser and versatile to cook with. An easy and tasty way to enjoy it is as a simple baked cauliflower cheese.  Continue »

Time Posted: 07/05/2020 at 1:34 PM
Margan Restaurant
30 April 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Margan Beetroot Pickle

The humble beetroot if one of our favourite vegetable here at Margan. We love it’s versatility, robust flavour and ability to be intergrated into both sweet and savoury applications. One of the many preparations of beetroot that we favour is a simple pickle. Once made, it can live in your pantry or fridge for years. Whip it out for a crunchy addition to any late-night toastie, as a side salad with some rocket, walnut and blue cheese or even use it to provide some acidic respite with fried or baked fish instead of lemon. As the old saying goes “you can beat an egg…”  Continue »

Time Posted: 30/04/2020 at 1:02 PM
The Maitland Mercury
29 April 2020 | The Maitland Mercury

How the humble backyard chook is suddenly in huge demand

Who'd have thought it? The humble chook is suddenly in huge demand. While loads of people in lockdown are buying pets to keep them company, many are picking pets that produce breakfast right in their own backyards.  Continue »

Time Posted: 29/04/2020 at 2:31 PM
Margan Restaurant
22 April 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Margan Ricotta and Soft Herb Tortellini

Cooler Autumn weather and isolation rules call for comfort food. Having extra time to spend in the kitchen is a perfect time to learn a new skill and making and shaping pasta can be very therapeutic.  Continue »

Time Posted: 22/04/2020 at 9:00 AM
Newcastle Herald
21 April 2020 | Newcastle Herald

Down and not out, Margan reinvents its offerings

"We are hanging in there," says Mrs Margan ."We have been harvesting all our vegetables and fruit and making hampers which people are collecting.The produce is organically grown, fresh picked and packed immediately - super fresh and with minimal han­dling. Guests are coming to pick it up, buy some wine, have a take away coffee and take a quick stroll through the gardens and vineyard on their way back to their car."  Continue »

Time Posted: 21/04/2020 at 9:00 AM
Newcastle Herald
22 February 2020 | Newcastle Herald

The 2020 Hunter Valley wine vintage has been full of climate-related challenges

And then it finally rained. 150mm in four days. The grass turned green and the damns got full, and the dry dirt became moist soil once more. It hasn't always been this way, of course. Up until recently, the vines of Hunter Valley Wine Country were in desperate need of a proper drink direct from the sky.  Continue »

Time Posted: 22/02/2020 at 11:00 AM