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Cecilia’s Cellar Door – Catherinevale Wines

Sat 20 Jun 2020
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Parking Available, Public Transport
Event will continue in wet weather

Cecilia’s Cellar Door welcomes wine makers to an afternoon at Cecilia’s to showcase their wines and tell their story in an informal tasting session between 3pm and 5pm.

Head Chef Adam will put on a range of $12 small plates to compliment the wine.


Catherine Vale is located in the Hunter Valley near the town of Broke. As the name implies, it is a beautiful place located in Wollombi Valley within a river valley, remembering the assertiveness of Catherine Lyndsay Hayden, Bill’s Aunt. The property is spectacularly located in the lee of the Hunter Range and borders Yengo National Park which forms the backdrop of the Cellar door. One hundred and eighty degree views including “Yellow Rock” impress most visitors to Catherine Vale. This outlook will give you an instant emotional attachment to the environment, and is why we call it our beautiful spot.

Catherine Vale is a 40.52 hectare (100 acre) property with 10 acres of grapes. The property has a large portion of the native vegetation with the main species being Iron Bark and Bulga Wattle, with much understory.

Bill and Wendy have built everything from scratch, a task not tackled by many grape growers on their own. Bare paddocks had to be cleared of rocks and boulders, irrigation lines and wires were installed by them and the vineyard slowly took shape. The end posts were sourced from wooded areas of the 100-acre property and treated pine intermediate posts were all pounded in by Bill with an old belt-driven post pounder.

When the Uniting Church Manse in Singleton came up for removal, Bill and Wendy decided to put in a tender and their tender was accepted. With great excitement and much effort, the historic residence was moved to Catherine Vale and restoration began. Now, after nearly 20 years, it is almost complete. The manse was 100 years old in 2014 and is truly Wendy’s baby and a source of pride and joy.

It was always the intention to have a Cellar Door to match the manse and with many country churches up for sale, it was hoped to use one of these. Bill and Wendy looked at many such churches but all were in the ‘too hard to move’ category. So they decided to build their own purpose-built Cellar Door in the style of an Australian country church. The building was officially opened mid-2004.
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