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Review of Hope Estate Winery

Hope Estate Winery
Ranked #57 of 111 things to do in Pokolbin
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Owner description: Hope Estate draws a bigger crowd than any other destination in the Hunter Valley. We've had the honour of hosting some of the biggest names in the world: Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the acts that have graced the Hope Estate stage. The Estate has been a 'must visit' destination since "the godfather of the Australian wine industry" Len Evans constructed it in the late 60's. Owner Michael Hope has built upon Evans legacy, adding an amphitheatre holding up to 20,000 guests and greatly expanding the hospitality services available. We are proud to offer an authentic range of Estate Grown Hunter Valley wines from our vineyards across Pokolbin and Broke. There is also a wide variety of wines available from our vineyards Western Australia and Victoria. The Estate is also the home of Hope Brewhouse, the winner of the 2016 CBA "Champion Small Brewery" Award. At any given time, there are at least 12 different brews on tap. Try a tasting paddle and enjoy it amongst the open-air brewery, taking in the sights and smells of fresh beer being brewed. Located in the heart of Pokolbin, Hope Estate has grown to become the Hunter's premier destination.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Booked the Wombat cottage for a weekend in April to attend a family members wedding. To say this accommodation was below acceptable is an understatement.
It was a freezing cold weekend, there was no firewood, the wall heaters did not work but after searching the entire cottage we managed to find two tiny panel heaters from the 80's. We were lucky if this changed the temperature by .5 of a degree. Ended up paying $160 for firewood from a local supplier to heat the place.
The cottage itself was completely unacceptable and I wonder how it is allowed to be rented out to the general public or anyone. The double bed was two singles that were tied together with rope. The bed sheets had some kind of grit in them, god knows what it was, we ended up taking the sheets to a friends apartment at the vintage and washed them all.
There was an opened tuna can in the bathroom cupboard and there was also mold on the grill in the kitchen.
It is obvious that some kind of renovation is underway, as the walls were patched up and unpainted, doors wouldn't open, appliances were missing and the shed was a complete hazard, used as a dumping ground for everything under the sun. No of which was made know to us at the time of booking. The advertising for the cottage in no way represents its current condition.

There was no contact list for any issues and given the stresses of a family wedding weekend, thousands of kilometers away from home, this was completely unacceptable and added more stress to the weekend.

When we were finally contacted by a Hope Estate representative, she agreed that the state of the cottage was unacceptable and that the she would contact the owner to seek adequate compensation. 
The owner, Michael Hope, got back to us through the representative that the only compensation would be that they would waive the cost of the wine consumed at the cottage (5 bottles) and were prepared to offer two nights at the cottage "mid-week" for free. Given that we paid $1000 for the 3 nights in its current state, what was offered to us was in no way good enough.
We would never again consider staying there and are looking at taking the matter further with the relevant authorities. We will also be taking our wine club membership elsewhere.

You have been warned.

Visited April 2013
11 Thank A_Smith_1357
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Cessnock, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Wonderful experience, very welcoming friendly staff, who were very knowledgeable about their wine. A great place for a cellar door visit, highly recommended.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Simon W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed on site and attended CMC Rocks the Hunter. The venue was excellent and considering the amount of people the amenities were keep as spotless as possible, the portable showers hot..All of the food was really nice and the alcohol intake was well policed. This is an amazing venue and we highly recommend staying and visiting .

1 Thank Mollytone
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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the whole experience”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

It was our first time attending an outdoor concert in the Hunter Valley and my husband and I really enjoyed the experience. We went for the Carole King concert and loved the music and the venue. Admittedly it was a smallish audience so we didn't encounter any long queues for meals, drinks or toilets, and there is plenty of on-site parking. I didn't think the food prices were overly inflated- we had delicious chicken sate and rice, with home made nougat to finish. My only complaint was I didn't think much of the Hope Estate Rose- but that is a very personal opinion!
We stayed two nights at the Kurri Motor Inn, about half an hour's drive from Pokolbin. It was a very reasonable and good value motel, and the town of Kurri Kurri was very interesting an dpretty.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank SydneyGigi
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Armidale, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worst winery venue ever!”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Have attended concerts at other wineries in the Hunter and they were fantastic so when an artist I really wanted to see was at the Hope Estate I bought tickets. Never will I attend another concert at this venue. The service was dreadful, the prices inflated and the overall experience was b-grade. There was nothing enjoyable about the experience at all, with the exception of the artists. I would rather miss seeing a live show than to go to this venue.
Don't understand why this is chosen over Bimbadgen and Tempus Two (I have been to several concerts at each of these venues) as both of them are far superior to Hope(less) Estate.
The promoters must be getting this venue at super cheap prices. However, they have lost my ticket money as long as they use the Hope Estate.
I would not recommend this venue to anyone.

Visited February 2012
4 Thank L H
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