Welcome to D'Aquino Group
The D'Aquino Group of Companies is diverse, with interests in almost all facets of the wine and spirits industry including winemaking, contract winemaking, blending, bottling and distilling. The company also operates a vineyard with restaurant and function facility, as well as retail outlets throughout country NSW.
Hunter Wine Services - The D'Aquino winery crushes 5,000 tonnes of grapes each year, blending and bottling batches of wine from 20 different regions of Eastern Australia, resulting in individually styled batches of wine with consistent high quality.
D'Aquino Group runs three modern bottling lines, and currently has bulk storage facilities for 9,000,000 litres as well as a large barrel maturation wine cellar. Contract winemaking is also undertaken, under the control of CEO and Chief Winemaker, John Hordern.
Hunter Valley Distilleries - The D'Aquino Group distillery is a modern facility incorporating Australia's only six-column continuous still, capable of producing 3,000,000 LALS of ultra pure spirit each year.
Highland Heritage Estate - D'Aquino Group of Companies owns and operates Highland Heritage Estate located on 101 hectares just 3kms east of Orange NSW. Currently planted at this site are16 hectares of grapes consisting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Riesling, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are also purchased from the district and surrounds, giving Highland Heritage flexibility in wine styles and pricing.
Restaurant - Located overlooking the vineyard is the Highland Heritage Estate Restaurant with a 130 seating capacity. Specialising in weddings and corporate functions, the restaurant has won many awards including 'Restaurant and Catering 2008 Wedding Caterer in a Function Centre - Winner', 'Restaurant and Catering 2008 Function Centre Caterer - Honourable Mention' and 'Restaurant and Catering 2008 Caterer of the Year - Winner'.
Highland Heritage Estate Cellar Door - Our Cellar is situated at the heart of the Highland Heritage Estate vineyard, from an extended 1949 Queensland rail carriage. The carriage was originally used on the suburban Brisbane rail network and has found a new life as part of our cellar door operation.
From the Cellar door the vista is expansive, overlooking the Gosling Creek valley towards the original "Wellwood" homestead that was constructed in the early 1840's. The now Highland Heritage Estate vineyard was once a part of the original “Wellwood" run.
Our vineyard grows seven varieties of red and white grapes, the wines are available at our cellar door which is open seven days a week from 9:30am until 5:00pm.Come and elevate your senses, taste our wines and soak up the unique atmosphere.
Wholesale - The D'Aquino Group's wholesale division has a full range of its own label wines and spirits, all bottled in Australia. This is complemented by a full range (in excess of 10,000 products) of wholesale liquor for supply to licensed outlets.
Retail - D'Aquino Group of Companies operates five modern retail outlets (direct to the public) in country NSW. These stores are located at Orange, Wellington and Bathurst.