Douglas Vale Historic Vineyard in the Hastings River wine region is an enchanting blend of history and viticulture. Established in 1862, it stands as the oldest timber homestead in the Hastings region. The property, encompassing a museum, vineyard, and cellar door, has been meticulously restored to showcase its heritage. Visitors can enjoy a variety of experiences, including tours of the homestead and grounds, wine tastings of their heritage wines produced from handpicked grapes, and the option to relax with a cheese plate amidst the beautiful vineyard setting. The vineyard is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 3pm, welcoming larger groups by appointment.
A visit to Douglas Vale can be a leisurely journey through time, taking 1-2 hours, especially if guests choose to explore the orchard, vegetable, cottage, and pond gardens, in addition to the vineyard. The site offers guided tours of the homestead museum and wine tastings, providing a unique taste of history within a short 5-minute walk from Port Macquarie’s CBD. Visitors can relax with a glass of wine and a cheese plate in this serene setting. Douglas Vale also accommodates group visits of 12 to 30 people during regular opening hours, offering Devonshire Tea, wine tasting and tour packages, and light lunches.
You can expect the following from a tasting at Douglas Vale:
For those seeking a venue for private functions or weddings, Douglas Vale presents an ideal setting with its heritage cottage, cellar door, and beautifully manicured gardens. The venue includes a covered function area next to the cellar door, seating up to 35 people, with the lawn area capable of accommodating up to 300 guests for music days or larger events. Additional amenities such as marquees, BBQs, tables, and chairs are available for hire, and the venue allows for external catering arrangements. Douglas Vale is not only a vineyard but a versatile space for hosting special events and making lasting memories.Book now