weddings

Weddings

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 colonial buildings, stunning landscaped grounds and sweeping verandahs provide an idyllic setting for your wedding. 

Calais Estate and The Verandah Restaurant have 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, the award winning wines of Calais Estate and the famed cuisine of The Verandah Restaurant. 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 Marriage Ceremony

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.

 

The Reception

The Verandah Restaurant

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 Calais 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.

 

The Food and Wine

Calais Estate has been producing wines of excellence since 1987.  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 wines. 

Design your own Sparkling Wine

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.

 

The Verandah Restaurant can also design menus for all tastes and budgets.  Owner and head chef Matt Dillow will design a menu wtih you to compliment your perfect day.

 

Bridal Registery

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!

 

Cellar Tea

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.