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Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard - Cottage Garden

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Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard - Veggie & Rose Garden

 

The Douglas Vale property was once on the doorstep of Port Macquarie but is now surrounded by the town, making it central and an easy escape to the past and to a historic vineyard.

The property was established in 1859 and today the remaining 3.08 hectare site is classified by the National Trust and part of the Port Macquarie Heritage Councils’ Heritage Sites listing. Read more on its history here »

As you wander through the 150 year old preserved bamboo glade, a Chinese symbol of welcome, and on to the Homestead, you’ll feel the echoes of the pioneering men and women of yesteryear.

The Homestead is the oldest timber building in Port Macquarie and is home to a museum displaying our early colonial lifestyles. You’ll find a 400 year old family Bible, handcrafted model replicas of ships interpreting the life and adventures of vigneron George Francis, a rare shell collection of national significance and the medals and commendations from producing International award-winning wines in the late-1800's.

The well preserved outbuildings include The Dunny, Wash House and Kitchen, each filled with authentic artifacts to reflect a real feel for the times.

You’ll connect with the last remaining fabric of the once prolific PMQ wine industry and the family who not only had one of the finest vineyards in the district but also later pioneered the oyster farming industry on the Hastings River.

In the garden:

Take a relaxing stroll through the traditional cottage garden to discover the original roses, azaleas and the 150 year old camellia then go on a leisurely orchard walk to admire the 28 varieties of fruit and nut tree, ornamental ponds with orchids and bromeliads. In the rose garden you’ll find the beautiful white 2010 Lachlan Macquarie Centenary rose.

A small patch of pineapples are grown in an area once covered with thousands of them. There are also prolific vegetable and herb gardens. Sit under the grape arbour, listen to the birds and enjoy the serenity of this peaceful and welcoming environment.

(Gardening today an eco-approach is used whenever possible with 6-bay composting, mulching, grey water recycling, careful rainfall monitoring and the use of rainwater tanks.)

The vineyard:

With an acre under vine, the three grape varieties are Chambourcin, Villard Blanc and Black Isabella and it’s the latter that are believed grown from cuttings vines from Major Innes’ property. The Black Isabella grapes today still produce the famous Portabella fortified wine.

Taste:

Stroll over to the Tasting Room and experience six exquisite wines: two  whites, two reds, a rosé and the Portabella. These small volume icons are only available from the cellar door.

Discover Douglas Vale

Douglas Vale is a hidden gem and an important part of our wine and social history. It’s run by a dedicated volunteer conservation group, with community based ethics. All profits are solely returned to preserve the active museum, vineyard, associated facilities and attractions.

Open: on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Visitors can experience free informative tours and tastings from the friendly volunteers.

Location: situated between the Westport Primary and High Schools at 235 Oxley Highway, it is the only vineyard close to town. Convenient parking for passing travellers and locals.

Picnic: bring a picnic lunch and immerse yourself in a world between the old and new.

Functions: Douglas Vale is available for functions including wedding ceremonies, photographic opportunities and social groups. It is an oasis in the middle of Port Macquarie.

Groups: Devonshire teas, tasty BBQ’s , tours and tastings for groups can be booked on request.

For more information visit www.douglasvale.com.au

 

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  • Northern Rivers (NSW)

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