Hope Estate
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION Hope Estate is a family owned and operated working winery, brewery and distillery perfectly located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country. Award winning craft beer, Estate-grown wine, premium Australian grain spirits and home to Australia's largest purpose-built outdoor winery concert amphitheatre with the biggest concerts going around. Hope Estate is dedicated to making sensational wines and are firm believers in estate-grown varietal wines. Following this philosophy, Hope Brewery opened early 2014 and kicked off their range with a whole lot of hoppy ales. Since then they’ve been satisfying a desire for new beers and new styles including NEIPAs, sours, trophy-winning stouts and even Australia’s strongest IPA. Mid-2020 saw the inception of Hope Distillery launching with a range of premium Australian grain spirits including Gin, Vodka and Moonshine. Our recently renovated Cellar Door is open 7 days, 10am - 5pm for wine, beer and spirits tasting.
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Leanne M
Woy Woy, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Fabulous concert and a lovely venue, however the dictatorship of what was ans wasn't allowed was dreadful. Very lucky I purchased an actual seat as cushions with backs weren't allowed nor beach chair. Had a token for a wine bottle purchase which had to be brought by 7pm and prices were ridiculous!!! Food queues weren't too bad and there was plenty of variety to choose from again prices were expensive. I wont ever go back to a concert at Hooe estate due to the way management treat their "guests" they choose to put money ahead of anything. Which is disappointing as it is a beautiful venue.
Written 26 January 2020
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Shane
Singleton, Australia3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great concert, incompetent venue. Had to wait by the gate for 15 min on arriving as they ran out of wristbands to access the seated area, ended up giving up and so did the staff checking on entry. Seats were so tightly ziptied together that they were only spacious enough for kids to sit comfortably. They told us to bring bottles of wine back before the bar closed for a refund, then when we did we were told that the refunds stopped after 8:00pm. So many restrictions that people obviously got into the pre drinks as the path in from the carpark was absolutely covered in empty bottles/cans, and so was the rest of venue due to a complete lack of bins anywhere. We will never return to this venue, should rename it Hopeless Estate! Cold Chisel were excellent and deserve way better than this rubbish, so happy we chose to go to Sydney to see Elton John.
Written 24 January 2020
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ccccclark
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Elton John Concert venue, Sir Elton was amazing, but the venue management, yet again, let the beautiful venue down.

Despite being a winery, they managed not to have any of their sparking wine for sale by bottle (everything else was for sale by bottle, and the sparkling was listed on the menu as for sale by bottle) so I had to buy 4 glasses (4 glasses max per person). Literally stood and watched the dude open a bottle, pour it into 4 glasses which obviously pretty much emptied the bottle, I then had to shove my way back thru the crowds carrying 4 glasses of liquid. No explanation of why I could buy wine per bottle but not sparkling.

All of the food vendors had ran out of vegetarian food by 6pm.

This is the second event I’ve been to at Hope Estate which has been terribly managed, the last being the cheese and chocolate festival which had ran out of food by lunch time on the first day.
Written 19 January 2020
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Virginiab62
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I went with some friends to see the Elton John concert, we had great seats and what we saw of the show was fantastic. I doubt that Hope Estate has any understanding of the responsible service of alcohol, there were so many really drunk people there. The security tried their best to look after things but it was an uphill job for them trying to calm so many aggressive drunks. By 9-30pm we were afraid of what might happen so we decided to leave.
Written 2 February 2020
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Hi Virginiab62, Thank you for your review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the show! We're sorry to hear that you felt unsafe during the event and that we didn't meet your expectation in regards to other guests drinking. Our aim is to offer a safe and fun space for all attendees and are glad to hear the Security presence helped with that for you. We'll take on board your experience and we hope you'll give us a second chance down the track as we'd love to have you back! All the best!
Written 4 August 2020
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Adrian Chen
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Well, not much to say, Last time we went it was a couple of years ago and does not look like any improvement but having the capacity to renovate the premises.
Service last time was poor also. This time we brought other friends, it was straight away advised of the tasting costs $10 per person and this comes off when you buy two bottles. It was out last winery for the day too which we had been to 6 wineries and all but 1 charged $5 tasting. (This was not what was expected and the blame was due to renovations and many people trying but not buying. Staff levels very low and it was not a good experience from the start.
The host was OK at the start and friendly albeit the service was slow and quick as it was 4:20 pm so quick drink up. Once we had looked at purchasing a few bottles including a signature range we went to the counter to pay and we wanted to pay for our wines and our friends pay for their purchase but the person who was registering the sales rolled her eyes as it was too difficult to do and we were given plain plastic bags for the wine and no labels on them and no cardboard wine bags and when we asked she shrugged he shoulders and said they don't have any as they were renovating. Who cares and this is not our problem? she went to our original host who was about 1 metre away and asked and she just shrugged her shoulders and did not even look at us or apologised. If they did show at least some eye contact or say we are really sorry, we would have purchased the wine and a sale made but she didn't.
So unlucky, we took some photos anyway and took our taste test money.
Written 6 November 2020
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Aimee H
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Friends
Appalling customer service!

Staff were rude, unpleasant, unhelpful and ill informed as they couldn’t answer any questions about their produce.

They were more interested in whispering to each other than serving our group of 10 paying a considerable amount of money.

Utterly disappointing experience as we had heard such great things. The staff and customer service at Hope really let’s their delicious tasting ale down as I would not recommend visiting nor would I return.
Written 24 July 2020
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Hi 532aimeeh, Thank you for reviewing our venue. We are terribly sorry to hear about your recent experience and apologies that your expectations weren't met. If you can be in touch with us via email at marketing@hopeestate.com.au or phone 02 4993 3519 we would like to get a few more details about when you traveled so we can better respond to your feedback. We value your patronage and hope that in the future you might reconsider coming in to our Cellar Door to give us another try.
Written 28 July 2020
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Five-star-critiques
Gold Coast, Australia551 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We called in one day to book a beer tasting but were told there were none until the following day. I paid for the tasting and we booked lunch for the following day.
The following day we turned up and were told they could not find my payment or booking. After a few minutes it was found on the 'other sheet'.
"Tasting" means getting a paddle with selections and sitting down on your own and tasting. There are no notes to assist.
Nonetheless I bought a case ($226 ouch), though there was a $15 discount (the cost of the tasting). I handed over the voucher and asked for a case. The assistant went off, but there were none left so he made it up with 4 packs; no problem.
Unfortunately he forgot to deduct the $15, so went to a supervisor for assistance. She came along and said I could not have it now, but I could choose something else. I said I didn't want anything else and she said the system wasn't designed for refunds.
I resisted a discussion in the legality of what she was saying, as I have an unfair advantage, but having made it clear that I wanted the discount that they had contracted to deliver by handing me a voucher, she went off to, 'ring the manager to try and sort it out".
Having waited for several more minutes the assistant gave me the $15 from his own pocket and said that he would sort it out with the supervisor later.
Having made the simple human error that anyone could have made the only person who genuinely tried to resolve it was the assistant and I give him full credit for that.
We didn't stay for lunch and we won't be back.
Written 5 January 2021
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Nia O
Sydney, Australia47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This place is well located, surrounded by the vineyard and kangaroos roaming around. We loved the food, we loved the beer but we were overcharged twice, first time it was $15 more and the second time $3. when we tried to talk to the employees, the lady insinuated that we should forget about the $3 because it was a little amount.
I understand that is a little amount and they were probably overworked (we saw at least 3 different groups of people arriving for wine tasting), but if it was the other way around (me paying $3 less) the story would be different.

We traveled from all the way from Sydney just to visit this place and get some of their amazing beers but If the owners are reading this, maybe consider hiring some extra people on weekends.
Written 9 August 2020
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Hi NiaO1990, Thanks for reviewing us! We must apologise that you were over charged and that wasn't resolved when you queried it. If you'd like to be in touch with us directly at marketing@hopeestate.com.au I can get some more information from you. Really appreciate you letting us know we seemed understaffed that day, we'll take that on board. Glad you enjoyed the beers and the food though! We do our best to keep making great beers and are always excited to hear patrons are digging the range! Hope that you might give us another chance when you're next up in the Hunter Valley! All the best, Hope Estate Team
Written 10 August 2020
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David B
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
I recently purchased tickets to see the killers at hope estate which I have been looking forward to for months.
Unfortunately a few days before the event I tested positive for covid-19, cough, running noes, sore throat, the whole lot

Upon contacting Hope to request a refund due to having to issolate (as I am symptomatic and a front line health worker) I was told a simple " unlikely and I should contact ticket master"(where I purchased the tickets.
Now after "reviewing" my request it was declined with ticket master stating "Ticketmaster acts as the agent to those who are promoting or otherwise providing the events and therefore are not obliged to issue refunds due to the event holders cancellation policy"

So I'm assuming hope estate are going against nsw health recommended isolation procedures and expect me to either go to the concert, risking posible large scale spread of the covid-19 virus, or just throw away $400.

Just another case of hope estate caring more about the money than the safety and well-being of its patrons
Written 16 December 2022
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Ellemay 🍹🐠🐳
Sydney, Australia47,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020 • Couples
We dropped into the Hope Estate to actually view the estate and also to take some pictures of the kangaroo’s which gather in large numbers on the grassy slopes. The Estate is lovely with a good cellar door which must be booked ahead to avoid disappointment. There is also a large outdoor amphitheater which hosts many concerts and accommodation available.
Written 27 June 2020
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Hi Ellemay, Thanks for reviewing us! Yes, the mob of Kangaroos are here pretty much daily. They're a cheeky lot - always lounging and enjoying the sunshine while we are busy working! Glad you stopped in and hope you will visit again soon! Have a great day
Written 28 July 2020
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