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A Delicious & Fun Foodie Experience

Enjoy 3 cheeses and condiments matched to 6 wines during this fun and delicious tasting!

Featuring the Come What May handmade condiments, which help delight your taste buds on this foodie adventure, gourmet cheeses and our boutique wines. This is a great experience if you have a group with varying interests as it incorporates many taste delights but is equally enjoyable for smaller intimate tastings as well...It's a great way to relax and enjoy an educational tasting.

TO BOOK: $25pp. Bookings essential 02 4998 7654.

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 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.

$79 pp - bookings essential, min numbers apply, price includes sparkling session and picnic lunch with sparkling wine.


Summer 2020 - Macbeth

Details and tickets to be released late 2019


Summer 2020 will see Essential Theatre return to Calais Estate for Shakespeare in the Vines, performing the tragedy Macbeth. Come and relax on the lawn with great wine and food while this tragedy unfolds.

Under the setting sun, Essential Theatre will transform Calais Estate into the 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 $195. 




The Company

Essential Theatre Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel are very proud to be celebrating their 17th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines, a tour of Shakespeare's classics to some of Australia’s most spectacular wineries and gardens. This program has grown from strength to strength ensuring the longevity of this ambitious and entrepreneurial Victorian theatre company. These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member you are guaranteed a night to remember.



Ticket prices and inclusions: 

General Admission - $55: Picnic style seating so please BYO picnic rug or purchase one with a Ticketek Add on. Please note there is NO BYO food or alcohol.

Student General Admission - $45: Students up to 18 years old will be required to present current student ID/concession card on entry.  

VIP Lunch Package - $199:

The VIP experience begins at 1.30pm.

Enjoy Shakespeare in style! Start with hand-crafted boutique sparkling wines and nibbles on arrival. Tour the beautiful Estate and learn about the wine making process including a hands on sparkling wine demonstration. Then enjoy a 5 course degustation from the renowned Verandah Restaurant with matched wines, hosted by the owners of Calais Estate, before settling in your VIP area for the performance of ‘Twelfth Night’. This VIP package includes:

  • - Calais Sparkling wines and nibbles on arrival.
  • - A sparkling wine making session.
  • - A private tour of the Estate.
  • - A five course degustation lunch with matched wines
  • - Your performance ticket.
  • - A reserved VIP seating area for the performance
  • - A gourmet cheese and crackers plate to enjoy with the show.

Please Note: Gluten free and Vegetarian options available on request upon purchase of VIP ticket by contacting the Estate 02 4998 7654 – these requests must be made no later than 1 week prior to the event. 

Gourmet Picnic Hamper (no entry)- $125: Please note: This Hamper serves two and this ticket is for a hamper only – A separate entry ticket will need to be purchased to gain entry to this event.

Hamper Includes:  - Olives  - A selection of cheeses with handmade condiments and biscuits  - gourmet dip  - Bread rolls  - cold meats  - x2 Salads  - Desserts  - Bottles of water  - A bottle of Estate Wine (your choice of red or white wine) - x2 picnic wine glasses *This will all be presented in a cooler bag which is yours to keep.

Please Note: Menu may change subject to availability but will be similar and of equal quality. Gluten Free and Vegetarian available on request upon purchase of Hamper – simply contact Calais Estate on 0400 747 072 – these requests must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.

Picnic Blanket (no entry) - $45: Please note: This ticket is for a Picnic Blanket only – A separate entry ticket will need to be purchased to gain entry to this event.

Important Information

Gates open at 4.30pm for General Admission – live music, food and drink will be available.

The VIP experience begins at 1.30pm.

The performance will commence at 6.00pm. Food and Drinks will be available throughout the performance. Calais Estate offers a number of catered hospitality packages that include food & beverages along with a ticket to the concert. Or, if you prefer something more relaxed, The Verandah Restaurant will have a food stall available to purchase from on the day.

Calais Estate and its outdoor concert amphitheatre is a fully catered venue and there is Strictly NO BYO food and drink. Unopened bottles of water are permitted. No umbrellas are to be used throughout the performance. Chairs are permitted however the venue is on a hill so they will be restricted to the back of the seating area. The performance will go on if wet weather presents and will be moved into the Calais Estate Barrel Room.  

Event Terms and Conditions

The concert will go ahead rain or shine.Calais Estate is a fully licensed and catered venue. Food and beverages will be for sale at the venue. Patrons may not bring their own food or drinks. No cameras or recording equipment permitted. The food listed above on the VIP luncheon and Hampers are subject to change due to seasonal availability. If they do need to be changed, something of the same quality and value will be added instead. Disabled access is available however, this is limited so please phone Katrina to discuss your requirements before purchasing tickets on 0400 747 072.



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 nibbles. 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 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 Months of May and June when they will be held more regularly) 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.


2019 Dates:


30th March

10th August

13th April

14th September

11th May and 25th May

19th October

15th June, 22nd June and 29th June

23rd November

27th July

7th December


Cost: $165pp or $145pp 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 1 guest only. Bookings made with the discount code by non-members will be charged the additional $20 or their booking will be cancelled.



At Calais we welcome bigger groups however it is essential you book so we can ensure we are able to provide your group with a premium tasting experience.

We have 2 group tasting packages to choose from:



This tasting includes a selection of our wines from our Estate range.

A non-refundable tasting fee of $10 per person will be taken to secure your group’s booking.



Your group will sit back and relax while we take you through a tailored selection of wines from our Boutique wine list accompanied by cheese, a handmade condiment and crackers for your private tasting. At the end of your tasting every member will also be able to select their favourite Estate wine to take home (up to the value of $32).

A non-refundable tasting fee of $35 per person will be taken to secure your group’s booking.


There are also a number of Wine Experiences available for groups such as cheese and wine matchings and champagne making sessions. Please check out our experiences pages for these. 




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..