Mulpha expands Hunter Valley footprint with Emma’s Cottage Vineyard

Mulpha Australia has expanded its tourism footprint in the popular Hunter Valley wine region with the purchase of Emma’s Cottage Vineyard on Wilderness Road Lovedale, nearby its popular Bimbadgen Estate winery and Bimbadgen Palmers Lane Wedding venue.

Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a boutique vineyard with a fully licensed cellar door and 40-seat café with commercial kitchen. Accommodation includes a five-bedroom two-storey family homestead, plus four self-contained 2-to-4-bedroom cottages with room for more, overlooking the vineyards, gardens and broader landscape.

The adjacent historic Rothbury cemetery on a separate title is maintained by Council but links the property to wine country history and adds to its charm.

The property, on 12 hectares, including a 3-hectare established boutique vineyard, is two hours from Sydney and easily accessible from the freeway.

Mulpha Australia CEO, Greg Shaw said:

“Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a quality boutique property in this premium tourism region that complements our existing Bimbadgen Estate offering nearby.

“While the past 18 months have been difficult for most tourism operators, one benefit is that it has reawakened people’s interest in enjoying unique regional experiences in their own country.

“Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is a welcome addition to our premium portfolio that will capitalise on that trend as we look to rebound strongly into 2022 and beyond.”

Mulpha’s General Manager of Hospitality, Belinda Stapleton said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for the rising stars of the Bimbadgen team to create something different in the Hunter whilst allowing the Bimbadgen brand to stay true to its winemaking roots. While initially we will continue to run the existing business, we see potential to further develop a bespoke offering which will be created and launched in 2022.”