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
Huon Hooke
22 December 2020 | Huon Hooke

Margan Family Aged Release Semillon 2015

Huon Hooke from The Real Review reviews the Margan Family Aged Release Semillon 2015.  Continue »

Time Posted: 22/12/2020 at 5:05 PM
Young Gun of Wine
22 December 2020 | Young Gun of Wine

Deep Dive: Australia's Best Vermouth

Vermouth may seem to have had a pretty rough trot in Australia. Aside from a healthy heyday in the 1970s, where it was often sloshed in a highball and topped up with dry ginger or soda, vermouth has been a bit player, mainly used to frugally scent a martini. In truth, vermouth has a more than noble history in this country, and a revolution that is less than a decade old is growing pace, with an ever-increasing selection of local examples challenging perceptions of what vermouth can and should be. In our latest Deep Dive, we gathered every Australian vermouth we could find, along with a panel of industry specialists to see what makes this new wave of Australian vermouth just so very compelling.  Continue »

Time Posted: 22/12/2020 at 5:00 PM
James Halliday
23 October 2020 | James Halliday

The significance of Hunter Valley semillon

Semillon and the Hunter Valley is a match made in harmony. Five standout producers from the region explain what it takes to make this variety shine.  Continue »

Time Posted: 23/10/2020 at 9:35 AM
James Halliday
21 October 2020 | James Halliday

Hunter Valley semillon to try

There's nothing like semillon from the Hunter Valley. If you're new to the variety – or just looking for some excellent recommendations – start here.  Continue »

Time Posted: 21/10/2020 at 9:29 AM
Hunter Valley Wine Country
15 September 2020 | Hunter Valley Wine Country

Rose Top Picks

Do you love Rosé? You'll find this popular variety of wine on almost every wine list! Here we have rounded up 10 of the best you can buy directly from the cellar door in Hunter Valley Wine Country! Read about the origins of this variety here.  Continue »

Time Posted: 15/09/2020 at 11:06 AM
Margan Restaurant
3 September 2020 | Margan Restaurant

Potato Gnocchi with Sage & Pumpkin

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Time Posted: 03/09/2020 at 10:00 AM
James Halliday
6 August 2020 | James Halliday

Our 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Results

These awards are the result of hundreds of hours of tasting by the Halliday Wine Companion team. After reviewing over 9000 Australian wines, a handful of exceptional producers are chosen by our expert panel as the best of the year.  Continue »

Time Posted: 06/08/2020 at 1:01 PM
Chrissy Symeonakis
4 August 2020 | Chrissy Symeonakis

Inside a wine empire: an interview with Lisa Margan

In the latest installment of our podcast, we were thrilled to sit down with a superstar in the hospitality industry. Lisa Margan is a chef, certified nutritionist, sommelier, business owner and mum-of-three.  Continue »

Time Posted: 04/08/2020 at 3:33 PM