The Ultimate Getaway: Hunter Valley Edition
Located only two hours from Sydney, the picturesque Hunter Valley is an internationally renowned wine producing region best known for its fine semillons and shiraz. With over 140 wineries to visit, wine tasting at the Hunter is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway. Encore Cars offers private tours so you can comfortably enjoy your day trip to the Hunter and explore at your own pace. Here are five of the best boutique wineries to get you started on discovering this amazing region:
With incredible 360 degree views of the Hunter’s hillsides and groves, Audrey Wilkinson’s Winery is a must-visit vineyard for all tourists. One of the oldest wineries in the Hunter, Audrey Wilkinson has been consistently rated as a 5-star winery known for its founder’s mantra of “it’s all about the taste”. The winery’s signature vintage is their crisp and refreshing Rosé as well as their premium quality reserve Shiraz.
Audrey Wilkinson, DeBeyers Road, Pokolbin 2320 www.audreywilkinson.com.au
Visit Brokenwood for its famous Graveyard Shiraz, a complex, and full-bodied wine that is characteristic of the exquisite shiraz wines from this region. Brokenwood has an extensive collection of quality wines for you to try and also offers a behind-the-scenes tour for those who want to learn more about their production processes.
Brokenwood, 401-427 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 2320 www.brokenwood.com.au
Another essential stop, David Hook has earned rave reviews from top sommeliers and restaurateurs due to its consistently top-notch quality wines. Hidden away in a shady and charming courtyard at Peppers Creek, David Hook’s rustic décor is not unlike a winery typical of regional France. Savour the popular Sauvignon Blanc with its fresh and fruity finish and for reds, try Barbera which is exceptionally balanced and has a soft finish.
David Hook, Cnr Broke and Ekerts roads, Pokolbin 2320 www.davidhookwines.com.au
Meerea Park is owned by brothers Rhys and Garth Eather, who continue their family tradition of wine producing with an innovative twist. Calling themselves ‘terroirists’, the brothers have snapped up many awards for their wines, each featuring quirky names such as ‘Hell Hole’ and ‘XYZ’. Meerea Park’s flagship wine is an earthy shiraz named after their grandfather Alexander Munro.
Meerea Park, 2198 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 2320 http://meereapark.com.au/
The family-run Scarborough is well known for their hospitality and outstanding White and Yellow Label Chardonnay. Scarborough also produces Black Label Shiraz, a traditional red with smooth and earthy flavours that ages particularly well in the cellar. Visitors are able to round off their Hunter Valley trip by sampling the wines with a serving of bread and cheese and tap into the expertise of Scarborough’s wine makers who are always up for a chat.
Scarborough, 179 Gillards Rd, Pokolbin 2320 http://www.scarboroughwine.com.au/
Encore Cars Team up with Westfield’s Sydney to Provide a Luxury VIP Shopping Experience
Sometimes, the logistics of shopping can ruin the actual experience of shopping. Just to get to the shopping centre, you must coordinate travel and fight for a parking spot. Once inside the mall, finding the perfect outfit or gift can feel overwhelming and be extremely time consuming. And when you eventually do find what you need, you have to haul your heavy bags back to your car, or even worse, try to flag down or call a cab. Instead of it being a day to remember, it can end up being an event that you would just like to forget.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
Let’s make shopping enjoyable again. Here at Encore Cars, we are partnering with Westfield’s Sydney to provide you with an unforgettable, VIP experience every time you venture to the mall. We’ll make sure you get to Westfield in comfort and style! This new experience offers two options:
The Exclusive VIP Experience
As a VIP shopper at Westfield’s Sydney, leave your worries at home. This experience includes a chauffeured ride from your hotel provided by our experienced and professional fleet of cars and limousines. From the comfort of our vehicles, you can enjoy a stress free ride. You will also receive a completely personalised styling session with one of Sydney’s top fashion stylists. Instead of searching for items on your own, the Westfield’s team will guide you and your guests on a private tour of Westfield’s Sydney’s best shops and top brands. And after all of this, you can celebrate your purchases by indulging in a decadent high tea that includes champagne! Finally, you can forget about having to carry all of your purchases, as they will be delivered straight to your hotel/address.
The Westfield’s Sydney Privilege Card
As a Privilege Card holder, you’ll enjoy access to an onsite concierge team. They will provide services such as personal flight check-in, Sydney travel guides and tourist information, domestic and international parcel delivery, and car service. In addition to all of these services, cardholders get special offers and exclusive discounts on Westfield’s top luxury brands.
We are extremely excited about this new partnership and we look forward to working closely with Westfield Sydney to ensure that every one of our VIP customers has a unique, extravagant, enjoyable and memorable day.
All the best places for your next business lunch
Whether you need a quick mid-week pick me up from work or want to impress clients at your next business meeting, the following list of Sydney’s CBD gems are sure to please even the most exacting of tastes. Will a range of cuisines available, you can experience high quality dining at its best and return to work refreshed. If you need help getting there, be sure to check out Encore’s services. Our staff will take the fuss out of finding transport and get you there and back smoothly so you don’t miss a beat out of your work day.
115 Riley St
Sydney NSW 2010
Lunch: Mon to Fri Noon – 3pm
Dinner: Mon to Sat 6pm – 10:30pm
With traditional Italian dishes, fine wine and great service Verde is the perfect place for the business diner and culinary crusader. Its private dining area and free wifi is ideal for conferences and features a tastefully designed interior to provide a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your meal in.
Cuisine: Japanese, Japanese French Fusion
529 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Lunch: Saturday from 12 noon
Dinner: Tuesday to Friday from 6.00pm
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to a peaceful Japanese haven. Located in the heart of Sydney, Tetsuya’s features a traditional Japanese garden, 3 main dining areas, 5 private rooms that cater for groups between 10 to 60 people and a bar for pre meal drinks. Its 10 course Japanese-French fusion degustation menu of seafood, quail and beef can only be described as a truly amazing culinary experience. With the incredible attention to detail and presentation, each dish arrives at your table as a piece of art. The staff are both professional and friendly and the service is exceptional.
The Glass Brasserie
Cuisine: Modern Australian
488 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Breakfast: Mon to Fri 6am – 10am
Lunch: Mon to Fri Noon – 3pm
Dinner: Mon to Sun 6pm – 10pm
The Glass Brasserie’s friendly and attentive staff serve up an excellent and extensive food and wine selection. It offers a 7 course degustation menu with matching wine or an elegant A La Carte menu featuring signature dishes such as the organic egg omelette of blue swimmer crab meat and enoki mushroom & herb salad served with a miso mustard broth. The crescent shaped seating plan is ideal for business meetings with multiple clients and their private dining area offers a captivating view of the Queen Victoria Building.
Guillaume at Bennelong
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW 2000
Lunch: Thu to Fri Noon – 3pm
Dinner: Mon to Sat 5:30pm – 11pm
Located on the southern side of the iconic Sydney Opera House, Guillaume at Bebbelong offers a variety of seating choices to suit your needs. Whether it is intimate booth seating or a private dining room for events, it is a pleasure to bask in the ambience of this remarkable location. Each dish whether it’s from the 8 course degustation menu or from the A La Carte menu, is crafted with impeccable attention to detail. The staff there endeavour to bring you a memorable dining experience with excellent knowledge of wines to accompany your meal.
Beyoncé’s stunning Mrs. Carter World Tour is coming to Sydney
With ten Grammys under her belt, pop sensation Beyoncé Knowles’ Mrs. Carter World Tour has solidified her status as one of the greatest modern day performers in existence.
Beyoncé has recently landed in Melbourne to begin the Australian leg of her fifth concert tour entitled the Mrs. Carter World Tour. Praised for her fierce performance style and impeccable choreography, the talented artist’s latest international tour is an incredible state of the art show with a no-expenses-spared budget. Beyoncé adds her own personal creative touch to make each of her shows unique and intimate, raising the standards bar amongst her contemporaries with her energy and effortless style of performance.
During her first Aussie show in Melbourne Beyoncé announced to adoring fans “This is not the show for you to sit down and be cool,” before embarking on a no holds barred performance which had everyone up on their feet. The Mrs. Carter World Tour set list is a perfect combo of chart topping hits which include ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘Baby Boy’, ‘Naughty Girl’ and ‘Survivor’ as well as highlights from her latest album 4. Beyoncé dazzled the audience with her intense dancing and vocal mastery as she switches from pop to vulnerable ballads such as her song 1+1.
Adding to the visual feast, Knowles channels royalty with outfits reminiscent of Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra and Elizabeth I. Her couture costumes were meticulously put together by world class fashion designers that include Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli. Her racy outfits have been described by Rosa Silverman of the Telegraph as “mesmerizing” and Jocelyn Vena of MTV News agreed that it was “Eye-catching… dazzling… [and] provocative”.
Catch the superstar in one of the most anticipated concert events of the year, that has earned multitudes of rave reviews from fans to critics. The Times has lauded the performance as “two hours of uplifting escapism” and the New York Times called the show “breathtaking”.
Beyoncé is set to play at Allphones Arena in Sydney on the 2 & 3 November with Australian artist Iggy Azalea as the supporting act.
Catch her stunning performance with last minute tickets available via Ticketek and book your Encore transfer to top off an amazing experience with the Queen of Pop.