On our recent trip to the Hunter Valley, we were extremely fortunate to be treated to a very special & somewhat exclusive experience, The VIP Tasting at Ben Ean “Still House.” WOW! Unbelievable, something we will both never forget, an experience that left our senses alive to the tastes of what can only be described as “the finest Nectar of The Gods.” This is the historic room where some very discerning clients get to taste the best wines ever produced, so we felt very privileged to be experiencing this as well.

Estate grown Semillon and Shiraz, Lindeman’s Coonawarra Trio of St George Cabernet Sauvignon, Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet & Pyrus Cabernet Blend range are on the tasting list. You can also sample the Penfold’s iconic labels of Reserve Bin 174 Chardonnay, Yattarna Chardonnay, Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, Bin 398 Cabernet Shiraz, Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Henry Shiraz, RWT Shiraz, & finally, the top shelf   Holy Grail of wine, Penfolds Grange & Grange 3.

The “Still House” is where you take that corporate client, or someone special if you really want to impress them for a truly ultimate, intimate, unique experience, of which there is no other like it in the Hunter Valley.

The special tasting can be paired with exceptional wines & catered to for all your gastronomic requirements; from share plates to seven course degustation.

The Ben Ean distillery or the Still House as it is known, was built by John McDonald in 1907 and operated until 1963 to produce Brandy Spirit which was in turn used to produce fortified wine.

Kevin Royan, our very knowledgeable host for the VIP tasting was instrumental in the refurbishing of this unique, stunning space during enforced Covid lockdown over the last few years with the furnishing being a real credit to his foresight & talents.

Bookings and enquiries can be made for “The Still House” by contacting the team at the Cellar Door on 02 4993 3701 or email


A special thank you to Erin and Kevin for organising such an incredible experience, & to Georgia for her help in obtaining the photographs & input, very appreciated.

It was truly fantastic & something we will cherish with the fondest of memories.

The VIP Tasting in the “Still House “ is something  that everyone should experience, we guarantee that you will leave there with a whole new appreciation for fine wine.