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Bubbles Bonanza

Make your own Sparkling Wine and enjoy it with a gourmet picnic Get your nearest and dearest together and come and enjoy the best of the Hunter Valley. Learn how to hand make your own sparkling wines in the French traditional method. One of your group will… Read more...

Shakespeare in the Vines

2018 The Twelfth Night This performance will be Saturday 24th February 2018. More information and tickets will be available late 2017. --------------------------------------- Much Ado About Nothing Saturday 25th Feburary 2017 Summer 2017 will see Essential… Read more...

Winery Long Lunch

Explore the Inner Workings of a family run Boutique Winery, then dine in style! Calais Estate has created the unique experience you’ve been looking for—Winery Long Lunches. This is more than just a Winery tour, it’s the experience all wine lovers are after!… Read more...

Private Tastings

If you are looking for something a little different for an office function or dinner party in your home, why not ask us to organise a private tasting for you. A great way to impress and treat clients, friends or family. With a private Calais wine tasting we… Read more...

Hand Crafted Sparkling

In September 2010 we started a project to hand craft sparkling wines in the french traditional method. The first hand-bottling of our Chardonnay blanc de blanc was released in August 2011. Created onsite by hand, these small, select parcels are produced using… Read more...

Make your own Sparkling Wine and enjoy it with a gourmet picnic

Get your nearest and dearest together and come and enjoy the best of the Hunter Valley. Learn how to hand make your own sparkling wines in the French traditional method. One of your group will even get hands on in the process to disgorge the bottles, then you will style the bottles to your own preferences...you decide how sweet or dry to make the wine, or even turn it into a rose!  Then enjoy your hand crafted sparkling wine over a fun and relaxing picnic lunch set on our picturesque Vineyard Estate in the heart of wine country.

$65 pp - bookings essential, min numbers apply, price includes sparkling session and picnic lunch with sparkling wine.

 

2018 The Twelfth Night

This performance will be Saturday 24th February 2018. More information and tickets will be available late 2017.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday 25th Feburary 2017

Summer 2017 will see Essential Theatre return to Calais Estate for the 15th year of Shakespeare in the Vines, performing Much Ado About Nothing. Come and relax on the lawn with great wine and food to enjoy the hilarious quick witted comedy.

Under the setting sun, Essential Theatre will transform Calais Estate into the laughter fueled days of old.

General Admission tickets are from $50. Student and VIP tickets also available. 

Gourmet Picnic hampers and Blankets are also available for purchase through Ticketek.

Enjoy Shakespeare in Style with our VIP tickets.

Start with our hand-crafted sparkling wines and canapés on arrival. Tour the beautiful Estate and learn about the wine making process. Then enjoy a long lunch with matched Calais Estate wines, hosted by the owners of Calais Estate. Then settle in your VIP area for the performance with cheese and biscuits. This experience, with your performance ticket included is $190. 

Tickets available on Ticketek

 

 

Explore the Inner Workings of a family run Boutique Winery, then dine in style!

 

Calais Estate has created the unique experience you’ve been looking for—Winery Long Lunches. This is more than just a Winery tour, it’s the experience all wine lovers are after!

 

Begin the day with a glass of our sparkling wine and canapés. Get an all access tour of the inner workings of a Boutique winery. Meet the family behind the brand, learn how wine is made and get hands on designing some of your own custom sparkling, made in the French traditional style.

 

Then it’s time to relax with a 5 course degustation by the renowned Verandah Restaurant (located on the Estate and one of the most popular restaurants in the Valley) with matching Calais Estate Wines. This is when you get to sample the Estate’s extensive boutique wine list, one of the largest in the Valley, and work out what styles suite your palate.

 

It’s a great way to spend the afternoon - eating, drinking and relaxing with new friends. Definitely an experience not to be missed but probably best to leave the car at home!

 

Lunches are held monthly (except in our Wine and Food Month June when they will be held weekly) but places are strictly limited as this is a very intimate experience. If you’ve a group of 10 or more we can book a private Winery Long Lunch for your celebration or get together.

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Dates:

 

14th January

24th June

18th March

15th July

15th April

19th August

20th May

16th September

3rd June

14th October

10th June    

18th November

17th June

9th December

 

 

 

Cost: $149pp or $129pp for Calais Wine Club Members*

 

Time: Lunches begin at 11am.

 

To book or to find out more, go to our online store here or you can contact the Winery on 02 4998 7654 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To redeem your member discount on this event please use the code 'MEMBERLUNCH'. Please note, this code is for members and their guests only. Bookings made with the discount code by non-members will be charged the additional $20 or their booking will be cancelled.

 

If you are looking for something a little different for an office function or dinner party in your home, why not ask us to organise a private tasting for you. A great way to impress and treat clients, friends or family.

With a private Calais wine tasting we bring a little piece of the Hunter to you. Everyone gets to taste boutique wines that are not readily available in retail outlets and our friendly staff are on hand to guide and educate the party as requested. 

Private tastings are available in Sydney and Newcastle areas throughout the year and also possible in other states at particular times, minimum numbers are required and bookings are essential. Give us a call today to discuss your requirements 02 4998 7654 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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In September 2010 we started a project to hand craft sparkling wines in the french traditional method. The first hand-bottling of our Chardonnay blanc de blanc was released in August 2011.

Created onsite by hand, these small, select parcels are produced using the traditional French Champagne method. Matured on lees for a minimum of 9 months and hand riddled then disgorged. This process was invented by Madame Clicquot in 1816, previously all Champagne was cloudy. The finished result of all this hard work is stunning hand crafted sparkling wines which show a refined elegance.

This is a project we are very proud of here at Calais and one that we showcase regularly in our monthly Winery Long Lunches. It also enables us to be able to individually style bubbles for special events or orders, a favourite with our Brides!

 

Here's a preview of one of our Winery Long Lunch events put together by Sydney Weekender: