Wining and dining at Margan’s restaurant

Travel Log

AMY NORTHCOTT and Judy Sarris
by dom cherry, josie withers, john kruger and courtesy of SLATE Restaurant

Go for Broke

In the heart of the Hunter Valley is the picturesque subregion of Broke, where community is at the forefront of the winemaking spirit. Experience the welcoming hospitality at Tinonee Vineyard Estate  (, a heritage homestead catering for group stays. Krinklewood Vineyard (  showcases quality biodynamic drops expressing the Windrim family’s passion for the land. No visit is complete without a meal at Margan Restaurant ( – the menu has an ‘estate grown, estate made’ philosophy and is exquisitely paired to Margan wines.

SLATE Restaurant

A Clean Slate

You probably don’t really need another excuse to visit Clare Valley, one of Australia’s most beautiful wine regions, but SLATE Restaurant and the new tasting room at Pike’s winery is certainly a compelling drawcard. Housed in a slick building where contemporary design has been combined with the traditional materials and colours of the historic estate, SLATE offers a modern Australian menu created by head chef, Max Stephenson who was previously behind the burners at MONA’s The Source in Tasmania. Much of the produce comes from the restaurant’s own kitchen garden as well as from the abundance of local producers.

The tasting room is open 7 days from 10am to 4pm and SLATE Restaurant is open Friday-Monday 12 to 3pm with bookings essential.


SLATE’s chef Max Stephenson

Sunday School

It goes without saying that Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill, who was awarded Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Young Winemaker of the Year in 2017, makes exceptional wine. Now he has a brand spanking new spot in the Adelaide Hills in which to showcase it.

Downer prefers to call the contemporary space a tasting room rather than a cellar door and, besides pouring flights of his exciting wines and demonstrating the philosophy behind the winemaking, he also plans to host art exhibitions and other creative experiences.

Andrew and Michael Downer in their new tasting room at Murdoch Hill

He says he will be holding his own version of Sunday School at 10.45am on the Sabbath, and for a donation of between $25 and $50, depending on the wines on offer, you can join the communal table. Guest winemakers and sommeliers will join the gathering to pour wines of their choice. The class is limited to only 14 people.

Open for general tastings from 11am-4pm Thursday to Monday, bookings should be made in advance at  

Murdoch Hill