The revival of the Hunter’s oldest vineyard continues at Dalwood Estate, with an art gallery the latest addition to the 190-year-old property.
The estate has collaborated with Sydney curator Adrian Black to launch Hunter Galleries, which features more than 100 works from some of Australia’s top local and internationally-renowned artists.
The former Wyndham Estate winery, near Branxton, was relaunched under new owners Iris Capital as Dalwood Estate in April this year, after sitting idle since 2014.
General manager Craig Hibbard said the estate has become a destination in its own right with weekend picnics, cellar door, destination weddings and regular artisan markets on offer, and that the art gallery would further add to the experience.
“Hunter Galleries gives locals exposure to some prolific Australian artists and gives tourists an added reason to visit our stunning property,” he said.
“Wine and art really goes hand in hand.”
The exhibition displays a mixture of modern and traditional art in the Dalwood cellar door, and outdoors with a unique, interactive art walk featuring life-size sculptures throughout the property grounds.
Mr Black has been presenting exhibitions by outstanding Australian artists for more than a decade and revelled in the chance to turn his artistic eye to the historic property.
“There is no other cellar door experience like it,” he said.
“An internal gallery is housed in a grand sandstone cellar door and the grounds sport stunning views of the valley and lush vines.
“It is a real escape and will appeal to city art lovers as much as locals.”
Fine art and sculpture by artists including Ian Hansen, Dana Dion, Simon Barlow, Pamela Honey and the Hunter’s own James Hough feature in the collection.
Hunter Galleries is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.