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The Art of Wine at Emma's Cottage

Are you a lover of fine wine and art?

Then a weekend away at Lovedale’s most breath-taking location, Emma’s Cottage Vineyard, is a necessity!


Hidden from view on Wilderness Road is this charming boutique vineyard with an onsite art gallery, beautiful rose gardens, and onsite accommodation with delightful two, three and four-bedroom cottages overlooking the vineyard that are perfect for a weekend getaway.

The friendly cellar door staff will guide you through the experience of tasting their boutique wines which are made from the seven different varieties of grapes grown on the estate from 30-year-old vines.

Within the Cellar Door, you’ll also find an art gallery that exhibits a collection of art and handmade treasures from various Australian artists and artisans from the Hunter Valley and, sometimes, further afield.

Owner, Therese Kramer, agrees that there’s something about taking in a beautiful piece of art, a glass of wine in hand, that makes the experience extra special, but says that it’s difficult for most people to know why art and wine fit together so beautifully.

“Art and wine, to most people, are abstract concepts. When you think about it, the making of wine or a work of art is an art in itself. Knowing how to manipulate the components into a final form that tells a story is masterful,” said Therese.

“Why do we love something or not? What is it that evokes the OMG moment with either wine or artwork? What is it that causes us, at times, to have a visceral response to a taste, an observation or a feeling?”

Therese says that choosing artists to invite to hang work in the Emma's Cottage Gallery is complex.

“There is no real process for choosing. We tend to exhibit the same group of artists as they are familiar with the space, the distance constraints of some display walls and the level of light,” she said.

“What I have to avoid is choosing work which reflects my own personal style. As a result, I can’t move in any one direction as much as I would sometimes like to, and it often surprises me which art piece from a new exhibition sells first.”

It’s time to enjoy the beautiful things in life.

Discover delicious wines and beautiful art at Emma’s Cottage today. Located at 438 Wilderness Road, Lovedale, visit for opening hours.



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