Prepare to immerse yourself in a memorable wine and food experience on your next visit to our Polish Hill River Estate winery.
In late October, we opened our new Tasting Room and adjoining SLATE Restaurant, a state-of-the-art facility that adds another dimension to wining and dining in the Clare Valley. The new building is a contemporary design by local architect Greg Pulford that incorporates the natural stone and colours of the site, achieving a sense that it’s always been there.
It also dovetails seamlessly with our existing craft brewery tasting room and includes an alfresco outdoor area that offers a seven-day Beer Garden menu.
On Thursday to Sunday, the SLATE Restaurant comes to life, featuring a modern Australian, Mediterranean-style menu that showcases fresh regional produce. There’s Doug Sluggett’s home-grown Sevenhill fruit and vegetables, premium local lamb from Wunderbar, grass fed beef from 36° South in SA’s south east, fresh Pacific Estate Stansbury oysters and Little Bunyip mushrooms from Watervale, just to name a few.
The Restaurant is named SLATE to acknowledge the ancient bed of slate (or more correctly Siltstone) that our property and indeed, the entire Polish Hill River Valley, sits on. It was set down more than 500 million years ago in the Neoproterozoic geological era and underpins everything we do here at Pikes, creating the unique point of difference in our wines, especially Riesling.
The wine list naturally features the full range of Pikes table wines, as well as a back-vintage selection of reserve and museum wines available from the purpose-built underground cellar. Discerning customers can also choose from a select range of international wines for benchmarking purposes, together with Pikes beer on tap, a small, premium range of spirits and freshly-brewed coffee from the restaurant bar.
There is also a feast for your eyes, with a dedicated art space within the SLATE restaurant that features a renowned local artist, not to mention the beautiful vista across the estate vineyards from an expansive north-facing deck. Inside there’s also room for up to 25 people in the cellar for private functions and tutored tastings of our reserve or museum wines.
Pikes new Tasting Room open 10 – 4pm daily
Pikes Brewery Beer Garden menu available 7 days 11.30-3pm
SLATE Restaurant open Fri-Mon 12-3.30pm