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Monday, 15 November 2021

Change of direction for boutique Hunter Valley vineyard

Mulpha Australia, which operates leading Hunter Valley wine tourism attraction Bimbadgen Estate, has expanded its tourism footprint in the region with the purchase of Emma’s Cottage Vineyard on Wilderness Road, Lovedale. 

Mulpha will continue to run the existing business but a bespoke offering will be created and launched in 2022.

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a boutique vineyard with a fully licensed cellar door and 40-seat café with commercial kitchen. 


Accommodation includes a five-bedroom, two-storey family homestead, plus four self-contained 2-to-4-bedroom cottages with room for more, overlooking the vineyards and gardens and broader landscape. 


The property sits on 12 hectares, including a three-hectare established boutique vineyard. It is two hours from Sydney (if the traffic gods are kind) and easily accessible from the freeway.


“Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a quality boutique property in this premium tourism region that

complements our existing Bimbadgen Estate offering nearby," said Mulpha CEO Greg Shaw. 


“While the past 18 months have been difficult for most tourism operators, one benefit is that

it has reawakened people’s interest in enjoying unique regional experiences in their own

country.


“Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a welcome addition to our premium portfolio that will capitalise

on that trend as we look to rebound strongly into 2022 and beyond.”


Mulpha general manager of hospitality Belinda Stapleton said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the rising stars of the Bimbadgen team to create something different in the Hunter while allowing the Bimbadgen brand to stay true to its winemaking roots. 


"While initially we will continue to run the existing business, we see potential to further develop a bespoke offering which will be created and launched in 2022.”


Mulpha Australia Pty Limited acquires, develops, and manages a range of property and lifestyle investments.

 

These include InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Intercontinental Hotel Sydney,  Sanctuary Cove Resort and Bimbadgen winery.

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