Sunset Style Sessions featured on Polka Dot Bride

Remember our first instalment of Sunset Style Sessions featuring the hugely talented Lisa Kelly Creative ?

We are thrilled to announce that this beautiful photoshoot has been featured on Australia’s most loved wedding blog Polka Dot Bride.

Lisa Kelly Creative teamed up with other industry leading creatives including Milque Photography and Films, All Things Sweet by Carissa, Art of the Flower, Written by Hand and Love and Protect to create a result that was truly unique. Visit Polka Dot Bride to see the full feature.

Princess + Pirates Tea Party

On Wednesday 9th July 2014, Top Deck was taken over by energetic little ones dressed in their finest costumes for our inaugural Princess + Pirates Tea Party.

Parents and children were treated to a delicious buffet spread of delights, including mini-milkshakes, fresh gingerbread, ribbon sandwiches, fairy bread, macaroons and cupcakes.

On hand to entertain the little ones and allow the parents to sit back and relax, were Zak the balloon-twisting Pirate and Serena the face-painting Princess. There were party games, dancing, colouring in, fairy wands & eye patches and lots of glittery mayhem and bubble-blowing fun to keep everyone smiling!

Keep an eye out next school holidays, for more fabulous kiddie’s entertainment parties at the Beach Club!

 

 

PEDESTRIAN.TV Bachelorette Of The Year

PEDESTRIAN.TV Bachelorette Of The Year celebrates Australia’s brightest young women who are making waves in the industry and impressing their peers. Or as PEDESTRIAN.TV call it – “Sisters doin’ it for themselves!”

As presented by MINI, the awards go to:

PEDESTRIAN.TV Bachelorette Of The Year: Annabelle Stephenson

The Readers’ Choice Bachelorette Of The Year: Nicola Wood

Annabelle dreams of becoming an actor and positive ambassador for women on an international stage, and Nicola reports Sydney’s traffic for Sunrise and writes a beauty blog.

From the entire team at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, we congratulate Annabelle and Nicola and wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours, and a well deserved congratulations to all the amazing role models who were nominated this year.

Big thanks to KLP for fuelling the dance floor with vibing tunes, and special thanks to SKYY Vodka, Tequila Avion, Kopparberg Premium Cider and Carlton Dry for keeping the drinks flowing…what a night it was!

Princess + Pirates Tea Party

Looking for kids activities this school holidays? Join us for our Princess and Pirates Tea Party this upcoming school holidays. Enjoy the tea party abundant in delicious treats and drinks for Mum, Dad and the kids! There will be face painting, balloon animals, princesses, pirates and fairy fun! We will also have a prize for the best dressed kids so come in your favourite costumes!

Purchase your tickets and reserve your spot here.

Date:      Wednesday 9th July
Time:     10am – 12pm
Price:      $30 per adult and $20 per child (12 & under) includes entry, all activities and the high tea. Menu available shortly, keep checking the What’s On page.

Taste Orange Pop Up Cellar Door 10th & 11th May

This weekend marks the second week of our Taste Orange Pop Up Cellar Door and is made extra special by our Sunday Mother’s Day celebrations!

We’re bringing a taste of the bush to the bay with our month long Taste Orange at Watsons Bay initiative. This weekend we welcome another 4 famed Orange wineries to Watsons Bay to showcase their amazing wines.

Cooks Lot

Cooks Lot is a boutique winery producing wines from the premium cool climate region of Orange. Based on the edge of Mount Canobolas, crafting wines of distinction, complexity and elegance which exemplify the regions terroir.  Winemaker  and proprietor of Cooks Lot wines, Duncan Cook studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University formerly working as a chef for many years.

Cooks Lot’ first vintage was in 2003 when we produced a small batch of Shiraz, winning several gold medals.  Since then we have gone on to add 5 whites and 4 reds to our portfolio, along with the occasional sticky.

Cooks Lot is focused on producing quality wines that are excellent value for money, James Halliday acknowledged this in the Australian Wine Companion by commenting ‘The modest pricing of all wines is striking’. Winestate regularly awards Cooks Lot wines in the ‘Top 40 Best Buys’.

Taste the Cooks Lot Shiraz, Chardonnay and more this weekend.

 

Cargo Road Wines

Cargo Road Wines is situated on the sheltered northern slopes of Orange’s Mount Canobolas, at an elevation of 860 meters.  A small vineyard with 16 hectares (ha) of established vines, Cargo Road Wines white wine varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling & Gewurztraminer, and the iconic red styles of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Zinfandel.

Our signature red is made from the Zinfandel grape, a red variety that is relatively rare in Australia. Our two signatures white wines are made from Riesling and Gewurztraminer grapes. The Gewurztraminer is a very elegant and dry style with luscious aromas of lychees and roses with hints of ginger spice. The Riesling has a floral nose with jasmin and citrus blossom aromas, a lemony limy palate with a perfect balance of acid.

The first vines were planted in 1983, which makes them some of the region’s oldest vines. The vineyard is largely unirrigated and planted on deep red basalt and clay based loam soils.

Sample the Cargo Road Moscato, Riesling and more this weekend.

 

Brangayne 

The “Brangayne” and “Ynys Witrin” vineyards lie on the north eastern slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Canobolas, near Orange in New South Wales, one of the highest and coldest grape districts in Australia. Often under snow in winter and mild in summer, the cold climate offers ideal conditions for the production of premium grapes, combining generous fruit flavour, acid and length in wines of intensity and elegance. The long ripening period and the deep, rich volcanic soil, position Brangayne among the few vineyards in Australia capable of producing distinctive cold climate wines of high calibre.

Producing wines from single vineyard grapes and not blending between sites allows us to express the true “terroir” of our region and specific vineyard. The cool climate provides an intensity of flavour and depth which is hard to match in warmer regions. It is our desire to remain boutique and produce only the best quality wines from the highest quality parcels of fruit. For this reason Brangayne’s production is limited to approximately 3000 cases per year.

Try the Brangayne Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and more this weekend.

 

Cumulus 

Established in 1995, the 508 hectare Cumulus Estate Wines vineyard (the largest in the region) gently rises and falls across a range of elevations and slopes above and below 600 metres – traversing both the Orange and Central Ranges wine regions. In such unique surroundings the Cumulus vineyard provides a range of elevations, terrains, volcanic soils and aspects which combined with the area’s high altitude, intense sunlight and cool climate delivers wines with bright fruit flavours and subtle elegance. The ancient combination of volcanic soils over a limestone base provides an excellent structure for well balanced vine growth. Cumulus relishes the challenge of taking high elevation wines to another level with the impressive resources of Cumulus Estate. In the last few years she has created some intriguing new additions to the Cumulus range, such as a Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay, a GSM and some stunning Roses.

Taste the Cumulus Shiraz, Chardonnay and more this weekend.

Check out the full schedule of Taste Orange events here and the pop up cellar door schedule here 

Sunset Style Sessions x Lisa Kelly Creative

Enjoy the first installation of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s Sunset Style Sessions. To celebrate the continual evolution of our venue we have invited a series of Sydney’s best creative talents to takeover for a day.

The first takeover was by the effervescent Lisa Kelly Creative who envisioned an enchanting Tropical meets Secret Garden Bridal aesthetic. Her design worked in synergy with the beach-luxe canvas of our Sunset Room and we loved the end result. The clean crisp hues and chic-fruitology of the table settings gave a modern flair to the styling whilst the vintage cutlery, personalised stationary and milky tones wove a hint of classicism into the design.

Lisa worked with a team of suppliers who are innovating the Sydney style scene curating some incredible ‘wow moments’ in the industry.

Styling: Lisa Kelly Creative
Flameless Candles: Love and Protect
Handwritten Signage: Written By Hand 
Florals: Art of the Flower 
Cake: All Things Sweet
Photography: Milque Photography and Films

Win a Weekend Away in the Beautiful Wine Country of Orange

Win A Weekend Away In Orange

To further celebrate our partnership with the wine region of Orange for our Taste Orange Food and Wine month we are giving away the opportunity for a lucky reader to win a VIP weekend away in Orange. Simply follow the link and fill in your details to go into the draw.

The prize includes:
2 nights accommodation in Orange (Location to be confirmed)
2 tickets to the Orange Wine Show Dinner – Black Tie Event
2 Tickets to the Orange Wine Show Tasting
1 Case of Medal Winning Wines from the Orange Wine Show 2014

The winner will be announced on June 3rd so enter now and good luck!

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From the Vines of Orange

Today marks the launch of Taste Orange at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, a month long initiative celebrating Aussie Wine Month and the best of the famed Orange Wine region.
We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce to you the eighteen wineries that will showcased throughout the month of May.

Angullong
The Angullong vineyards are located on the southern lower slopes of the Orange region at the foothills of Mt Canobolas, an ancient volcano. Angullong’s typography is best described as dramatic. The country ranges from undulating to steep hills with spectacular limestone escarpments that radically descend to the fast flowing Belubula River.

Bantry Grove
The Bantry Grove property was purchased in the 1930′s by Terrey Johnson’s father. Located on the rim of the Bathurst Valley to the very South of the Orange Region, the land features rich volcanic soils and an elevation of 960 metres. The property was the Johnson family’s sheep and cattle farm until the 1990s when the first vines were planted covering 12.2 hectares.
The vineyard is carefully nurtured to promote its unique natural bio-diversity, all grapes are hand picked during vintage and a minimal interventionist approach is taken throughout the growing period.

Brangayne 
In Wagner’s opera, Tristan and Isolde’, Brangayne, the handmaiden, creates a love potion for her mistress, Princess Isolde, as an act of love on her own behalf.
The same passion and dedication is expressed each day by those who create the wine now known and respected as Brangayne.

Cargo Road Wines
Cargo Road Wines is situated at an elevation of 860 meters, on the sheltered northern slopes of Mount Canobolas, Orange in central western NSW. The vineyard is one of the oldest in the region established in 1983. The run down vineyard was taken over by a trio from quite different backgrounds in 1997, to share an inspiration and build a future. Primarily through nurturing and maintaining the property using holistic management, it’s now a successful vineyard with 16 hectares of established vines. Cargo Road Wines white wine varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling & Gewurztraminer, and the iconic red styles of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Zinfandel.

Charles Stuart
The Charles Sturt University Winery is an integral part of Australia’s leading wine science school and is at the forefront of viticultural practices and wine making techniques.
The winery focuses on excellence, using state of the art technology without sacrificing tradition. They are a professionally run winery reflecting the commercial environment of the Australian wine industry, being market driven and producing the quality and styles of wine that obtain ready acceptance from wine consumers in the market.

Cooks Lot
Cooks Lot is a boutique winery producing wines from the premium cool climate region of Orange. Crafting wines of distinction, complexity and elegance which exemplify the regions terroir. Winemaker  and proprietor of Cooks Lot wines, Duncan Cook studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University formerly working as a chef for many years.

Cumulus Wines 
Established in 1995, the 508 hectare Cumulus Estate Wines vineyard (the largest in the region) gently rises and falls across a range of elevations and slopes above and below 600 metres – traversing both the Orange and Central Ranges wine regions. In such unique surroundings the Cumulus vineyard provides a range of elevations, terrains, volcanic soils and aspects which combined with the area’s high altitude, intense sunlight and cool climate delivers wines with bright fruit flavours and subtle elegance.

Faisan Estate
From studying Agriculture in the UK, Col Walker came to Australia in search of adventure and an understanding of the land down under where he met his wife Trish. They moved to the Orange region of NSW in 1991 and acquired a small property in Borenore, 20km west from Orange CBD. Being an enthusiastic game bird hunter, Col named the property Faisan Estate. Faisan, being French for pheasant. After visiting Bordeaux and tasting a rather expensive red blend, Col’s son Michael felt that Faisan could make it as good if not better. So he packed his bags, returned to the Orange region to pick the Faisan brand up from where his father had left off.

Hedberg Hill
Hedberg Hill is a 5.6hectare vineyard at Orange in the Central Tablelands of NSW owned by Peter and Lee Hedberg.  We are just 3km from the edge of Orange at 701 The Escort Way (Forbes Road) on the left hand side of the second hill west of Orange. The vineyard is at 880m elevation and provides a wonderful view of Mount Canobolas (1396m).

Highland Heritage Estate
With a start in a tin shed in 1946, the founder of D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd, Carmelo D’Aquino, produced six barrels of wine and became the first wine making family of the Orange district. With a third generation D’Aquino – and a Roseworthy College graduate – now running the company, Rex has continued to expand the family business. Part of that expansion was of the development Highland Heritage Estate vineyard; to this day it is owned and operated by the D’Aquino family.

Logan sWines
Logan’s husband and wife duo, Peter and Hannah Logan, craft their wines from grapes grown in the cold climate region of Orange. As Australia’s highest wine region with vineyards ranging from 600 to more than 1,000 metres above sea level, it gets damn chilly in Orange. In fact the climate is one of the coolest in Australia with a mean January temperature of under 20 degrees. Mild days and cool nights produce fruit that retains a higher level of acid and thus greater complexity of flavour and better balance than most other Australian wine regions.
Winemaker Peter loves the rich fruit characters of Australian Wines yet also admires the balance, structure and finesse of Old World wines. He adopts a winemaking philosophy that represents a hybrid of two styles utilising modern techniques to trap fresh fruit flavours yet also employing some Old World practices – such as crushing pinot noir grapes by foot. The result is a collection of varietals and blends – harmoniously balanced and finished with an old world style.

Patina Wines
Patina is a family-owned estate nestled in the rich volcanic slopes of Mt Canobolas near Orange, New South Wales. Owner and winemaker, Gerald Naef, blends science and technology with age-old tradition to create complex flavours forged by the elements of nature. His Patina Wine represents the complexity and elegance of cool climate wine defined by nature and his personal signature.

Philip Shaw
Philip Shaw has been making wines in Australia over a career that spans 5 decades. Selected twice as international wine maker of the year and once as the Australian wine maker of the year. Philip still approaches each aspect of wine making with a healthy mix of innovation and unrelenting quality. Philip has passion for all wine varietals however his most awarded wines are the now iconic No. 11 Chardonnay and No. 8 Pinot Noir. The Koomooloo Vineyard, purchased in 1988 and planted out in 1989 sits at an elevation of 900m on the undulating slopes of Mount Canobolas –The soil is volcanic and fertile and sits over a significant limestone base. All of which are essential ingredients in making elegant cool climate wines.

Printhie Wines
Printhie Wines is named after the farming property “Printhie” which has existed for well over 100 years. The name Printhie is taken from a now extinct goanna-like lizard that was quite common in the local area. The logo, a swift bird, comes from the owners family name.
In 1978, the Swift family became only the third owners of Printhie. Until the mid-1990s farm activity was dominated by cropping and grazing. Jim and Ruth Swift, the second generation of Swifts to manage “Printhie”, diversified farm operations by planting the first 12 hectares of grapes on a gentle north facing slope. With the return of the third generation of Swifts, Ed and Dave, to Printhie in the early-2000s, further vineyards were planted, the Printhie wine brand was established and a winery was built on the property for the 2004 vintage. A winemaker was employed, a sales team assembled and growers were contracted to supply wine grape varieties that were not grown on the Printhie property.

Ross Hill
The Ross Hill Wines roots were firmly planted in 1994 by Peter and Terri Robson. Joined by their son James and wife Chrissy in 2006 to continue the hard work, passion and dedication to produce exceptional quality and elegantly refined, cool climate Ross Hill Wines. The wine making approach of Ross Hill’s wine maker Phil Kerney stems from 20 years of research both locally and internationally. His many years of travel helped him formulate his technique via ancient techniques and modern quality control designed to balance the complex wines. Phil makes stunning wines that have a heart & soul… that demonstrate a complex structure… yet are harmonious… that are rich and luscious… that are mouthfilling and balanced.

Stockman’s Ridge Wines
Situated in the picturesque bush settings of the Central Ranges, Stockman’s Ridge Wines have a vision of producing premium cool climate wines. Nestled in the West of Orange, the vineyard sits at an altitude of 780 metres. Their stunning tree lined driveway and new vineyard lead you to the relaxed and intimate cellar door where you’ll discover wines that are a true expression of the unique qualities and character of the region. Wines with elegance and complexity, with beautiful balance and length. Serious wine lovers will find much to absorb them and much to discuss with Jonathan, Owner and Winemaker or the experienced cellar door staff.

Swinging Bridge
The past ten years have been a wild ride for Swinging Bridge’s Tom and Georgie Ward. Having established Swinging Bridge Wines with their extended family in 1995, Tom and Georgie took over the business in 2008. Since then, they have broadened their wines to include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir from the cool climate of Orange in NSW. These wines now complement the shiraz from the original Swinging Bridge home block.
Swinging Bridge is now one of the region’s leading winegrowers, with its cellar door located in the heart of Orange, in the historic Union Bank building.

Tamburlaine
Tamburlaine is Australia’s largest producer of organic wines, although not a large winery in world terms. The winery was established in 1966 in the renowned Pokolbin district of the Hunter Valley. In 1985, a small group of friends and relatives, led by Managing Director and Chief Winemaker, Mark Davidson,purchased the Pokolbin, Hunter Valley winery and vineyard from its founder, Dr Lance Allen.
Ten years later, in 1995, Tamburlaine expanded its production and quality base through the acquisition of prime vineyard land in the emerging cool climate Orange wine region in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Up to 70% of the annual production now comes from Orange.

Check out the full program of Taste Orange events here. Find about more about the Orange region here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Club Pop Up Cellar Door 3rd and 4th May

Happy Aussie Wine Month Sydney! To celebrate this delicious initiative Beach Club is lending itself to a range of pop-up wine stalls for our guests to commandeer their way through the Orange vineyards each weekend.

Kicking off this Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May from 12:00pm – 4:00pm are the exsquisite wineries: Ross Hill Wines, Philip Shaw and Cumulus.

Ross Hill Wines

The Ross Hill Vineyard is a family run and sustainable operation established in 1994 by Peter and Terri Robson, with son James and his wife Chrissy now taking over the reins. The vineyard is planted in mature basalt soils, at a high altitude that carries through into the iconic wine range of whites including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, and the BIG red styles of Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

On show is their Rose – ‘Sammy and Maddy’ and their White – Shed No 8 Sauvignon Blanc 

Philip Shaw

The Philip Shaw dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo (vineyard site) in 1988. Philip spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident Philip noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region. After a few days of intense research into this highland area he returned the next week to find the region had a near-perfect balance of elevation and sunshine. The adventure began when Philip purchased the land for his Koomooloo vineyard in June 1988. In close proximity to the region’s highest peak, Mt Canobolas, Koomooloo vineyard rises to an altitude of 900M with red loam soils over limestone.

On show is their Red - #17 Merlot Cabernet and White – Pinot Gris

Cumulus

Established in 1995, the 508 hectare Cumulus Estate Wines vineyard (the largest in the region) gently rises and falls across a range of elevations and slopes above and below 600 metres – traversing both the Orange and Central Ranges wine regions. In such unique surroundings the Cumulus vineyard provides a range of elevations, terrains, volcanic soils and aspects which combined with the area’s high altitude, intense sunlight and cool climate delivers wines with bright fruit flavours and subtle elegance. The ancient combination of volcanic soils over a limestone base provides an excellent structure for well balanced vine growth. Cumulus relishes the challenge of taking high elevation wines to another level with the impressive resources of Cumulus Estate. In the last few years she has created some intriguing new additions to the Cumulus range, such as a Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay, a GSM and some stunning Roses.

On show is their Red – Shiraz and their White – Chardonnay