Nestled into its own sun-drenched nook of Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, Calais Estate is one of the most picturesque estates in the region. The charming standstone building, rustic barrel room, stunning landscaped grounds and sweeping verandahs provide an idyllic setting for your wedding.
Calais Estate has everything you need to create a unique and memorable wedding day. Surround yourself with the sheer beauty of the Hunter Valley landscape, the history of a beautiful sandstone building and wrought iron verandah as well as the award winning wines of Calais Estate. Our grounds provide multiple picturesque options for weddings of varying sizes. We can customise our menus and layouts to your individual needs as well as offer bridal registeries or cellar tea ideas.
The beautiful gardens and vineyard at Calais Estate provide plenty of options when choosing the ideal setting for your wedding ceremony. Table and chairs for the signing of the marriage certificate will be provided and additional seating can be organised on request. There are no restrictions on your choice of Priest or Celebrant, however, Calais is also happy to recommend local Celebrants if needed.
At Calais Estate we have two reception venues to choose from:
Ideal for smaller intimate weddings of up to sixty people seated. The wide verandah offers stunning west views across the vineyards towards the Broken Back Range, a stunning sunset view and also looks north across Calais Lake to the Barrington Tops.
The Barrel Room
What better way to celebrate than amongst the barrels in Calais’ working barrel room. The outside Pagoda area provides the perfect setting for pre dinner drinks overlooking the Calais Lake. The Barrel Room can accommodate anywhere from sixty people up to two hundred seated. There is also ample room for a band and dance floor. Tables can be arranged to accommodate your needs.
Calais Estate boutique weddings are catered by our onsite Restaurant Kawul and accompanied by Estate made wines. We boast one of the largest collections of quality boutique wines in the region, with something for all palates and budgets. We will conduct a private tasting to assist you with your choice of wedding food and wines.
We have a range of wedding packages or can also design menus for all tastes and budgets.
A unique opportunity exists at Calais where you can come and design your own bubbles for the big event. You will come and select your base wine and have a hands on session with the Winemakers to disgorge and dosage the bottles until you design the exact flavour profile you would like. We can also custom label the bottles for you as well.
Calais also offers you the chance to continue the party with a relaxed recovery function in a private area on the Estate. This can be designed to suit your needs and budget and is a great way to round out the occasion with your friends and family. Brunch menus, BBQs, grazing tables, the food options are many or even bring your own picnic. We can also arrange drinks packages or your guests can purchase wine directly from Cellar Door.
Calais also offers you the chance to fill your cellar with your favourite wines. Whilst at the Calais Cellar Door, enjoy a tasting and select the wines you would like in your cellar. We will then provide you with a registry site for your guests, who can contact the winery or go online and organise a wedding gift of your chosen wines. A wedding gift that will keep reminding you of your fabulous day for years to come!
A great alternative to the traditional kitchen tea, especially for couples who have already set up homes before marriage. In the privacy of your own home (or the hosts home), a Calais representative conducts a tasting for your party. Friends and Family are then free to purchase the wines of your choice as gifts.