International Gold Medal: Riversdale Estate Crater Chardonnay 2014

by Riversdale Estate

At the 2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show, Riverdale Estate won gold for our superb Crater Chardonnay 2014.

The success of this chardonnay can be traced to the unique conditions of Riversdale's vineyard, as Ian Roberts says

"Riversdale is a special micro-climate, fronting Pittwater and with all-day sun.Our vines are up to 27 years old and provide excellent wine grapes for today's style of chardonnay wine drinkers".

At the International event, Riversdale Estate took home medals for its Crux non-vintage sparkling, 2016 Cygnus Riesling and 2016 Pinot Gris as well.

In our elegant cellar door, we can tempt you with our award winning and finest wines.

Riversdale Estate is our premium wine brand, created from carefully managed vineyard blocks located on our Tasmanian family-owned site.The property has a proud history dating back to colonial times, and has always been associated with farm-based land use of inscrutable quality.

Vintage 2017

by Riversdale Estate

Riversdale had yet another wonderful and productive Vintage for 2017.The Chardonnay fruit showing reliable, strong and elegant cool-climate varietal flavours, with the relatively high acidity resulting from the cool climate.This will give the 2017 vintage elegance and a tightness of structure, and will ensure they are extensively food friendly.

Our Pinot Noir ripened under interesting conditions to give the fruit a rich darkness, with herbal and forest fruit tones.The wine produced has an elegant complexity and length on the palate.

Reserve these fine wines for your Cellar, email to have sent straight to your door.

Mmm, What’s cooking? Bistro & Chefs Corner

by Riversdale Estate

Our talented Chefs have devised a delicious new and warming Winter menu.

Our renowned old favourites have remained on the menu, whilst exciting new additions including our own Riversdale Estate's herb crusted rack of lamb, and for our vegetarian patrons, a moorish grilled goats cheese offering to tantalize the taste buds and continue to wow our new and regular patrons.

Our Chefs understand the importance of keeping children happy as well, and our separate childrens menu offer a lovely selection to satisfy the little ones at the table. Don't forget our secure play area especially for children on the side of the Bistro.

If you are a guest to the Bistro on a Sunday, then some Sunday's you may relax and enjoy your lunch to the sounds of live piano music.Our Resident musician plays a selection of light classics and popular music which makes the dining experience even more enjoyable.

Vineyard Winter Workings

by Riversdale Estate

The harvesting has given way to barrel pruning. Being the only Pellenc Selectiv harvester in the State, the Pellenc also travels to assist neighbouring vineyards in the valley with their annual pruning.

The Machine is driven over the rows of vines and the barrel head cuts off approximately half a metre of cane.This makes the actual hand pruning process easier for the vineyard pruner, with less cane to pull out from the wires.

Rainier Roberts, one of the Roberts sons, has been at the helm of the Pellenc this season, pruning at Riversdale & other vineyards, whilst juggling law studies at UTAS.

Faulty Towers - Coming in November 2017

by Riversdale Estate

After rave reviews by guests and 7 successful shows in May 2017, Riversdale Estate is hosting the Faulty Towers The Dining Experience again in November 2017!

We will see the West End actors of Basil, Sybil, Manuel reunite at Riversdale Estate for 2 hours of side splitting laughter.

For $99 per ticket, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner and a very entertaining 2-hour show.Beverages are purchased prior to the show separately.

Initially conceived and performed in 1997, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has since become a comedy theatre phenomenon.It is a tribute to the popular 1970's BBC sit-com Fawlty Towers, and whilst the original actors play no part in The Dining Experience, the show has been acclaimed by audiences and critics for almost two decades.

It became a fixture in London's West End in 2012. Earlier this year Australia's Limelight Magazine rated a Sydney show 5 stars in its March 19 edition, concluding the cast delivered "nothing faulty (in) this evening of superb food and comedy…there is no malice or sensitivity, only good-natured humour."

It is a fantastic evening, so don't be disappointed, as some of the sessions have already sold out, be quick to phone or email us on.Bookings are confirmed with full payment.

Phone us on 62 485555 or email us at

Book Now - Don't miss out!

“Thank You Dad” - Fathers Day Lunch & Car Show - Sept 3, 2017

by Riversdale Estate

As the Year continues to roll around like wheels on a car, at Riversdale Estate, we have planned a Fathers Day Lunch you won't want to miss!

Not only will you enjoy a superbly thought out and plated up lunch from our Chefs, but you will also have the opportunity to walk around the circle at the front of the Bistro and view the line - up of cars and farm machinery used on Riversdale Estate.

From classic English cars to Australian Muscle Cars, it is your opportunity to see up close 20 display vehicles on the day.

Book now for our Fathers Day Lunch, $85 pp, 3 course lunch on September 3, 2017, lunch available from 12 noon.

Also on Fathers Day we have our specially themed Fathers Day High Tea to treat Dad to – 3 plates on the curate stand of delectable treats, including our Riversdale Cornish Pasties with Riversdale Lamb.

Book now for our Fathers Day High Tea, $60 pp. Phone 62 485555 or

Celebrating The Bicentenary Of Jane Austen At Riversdale Estate

by Riversdale Estate

"Indulge your imagination in every possible flight" Jane Austen , Pride & Prejudice

To celebrate the Bicentenary of the wonderful English Author Jane Austen, Riversdale Estate hosted two interesting and successful "Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice" High Teas, which were enjoyed by all one sunny Sunday in June, at the beautiful Orangery.

Local and Interstate guests indulged in the decadent and specifically themed High Teas that were preceded by short lectures given by Dr Lisa Fletcher.

Dr Lisa Fletcher is the Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania.Her research interests include, among other things, popular fiction (expecially romance fiction) and nineteenth century illustration.Her book "Historical Romance Fiction", in which she examines authors from Georgette Heyer to A.S. Byatt, is one of the most influential academic books in popular romance studies.

Dr Edwards presented many interesting historical and cultural facts, plus readings from Pride & Prejudice.Guests were kept enthralled and expected Mr Darcy to make an appearance!

The 3 stand curates were then offered to guests, and were brimming with treats from the Austen period like trifle, cheesecake, mini Pride & Prejudice edible chocolate cake volumes.

Riversdale Estate will be hosting another two Jane Austen High Teas in June 2018, and we are taking bookings now for the sittings, so email us on to reserve your seats.

Mr Darcy may even make an appearance!

Xmas in July High Tea & Beatles High Tea

Why not join us for our Xmas in July High Tea on July 28, or a 1960's Beatles High Tea on August 27, or pop on your pearls and try the best of the British High Tea favourites at our Best of British High Tea on October 7.

Phone us on 6248 5555 or email us on reserve seats.

Fine Dining Degustation - Oct 2017

by Riversdale Estate

Join us for another of our fine dining Degustation Dinners in the Cellar Door.

Our Degustation Dinners are carefully thought out by our chefs, with appreciative tasting of various food, focusing on the senses, high culinary art, paired with our award winning wines, and good company! A wonderful night to spend around our dining table, beautiful food with the finest of wine.

October 27, 7pm – 10.30pm – Cellar Door. 7 courses, paired with wines, $145pp

Limited seating available, only 25 guests – call us on 6248 5555 or

Just Rewards

by Riversdale Estate
Wow, November already... only 5 more weekends until Christmas!

What a busy year we've had since opening. Busy and very rewarding. Thanks to the hard work and attention to detail that went into the planning and construction of these facilities during 2015, we were able to hit the ground running when we opened our doors last Christmas Eve. Equally important, the refinements made in 2016 – including April's launch of the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Garden and Birthday Centre – have not only enhanced our visitor offerings but given us industry kudos as well.

Fine print

by Riversdale Estate

With the number and quality of Australian wines increasing each year, finding a place among the country's best is becoming harder and harder. Here's what we've achieved so far in 2016:

  • A coveted 96-rating and Top White listing from Sydney critic Huon Hooke for the 2015 Roaring 40s Riesling.
  • 'Best of the best by variety' listing and a 97-rating for the same wine in the 2017 Halliday Companion.
  • A 94 Halliday rating for our yet-to-be released 2014 Centaurus Pinot Noir, and a 93-rating for 2015 Roaring 40s Pinot Noir. The latter earned a 'red star' rating for offering special value for money.'Top 100 Wines of 2016' listing for our 2013 Cygnus Riesling in the 2016 Australian Wine Vintages book published by Rob Geddes MW. This vintage of Cygnus won Trophy for Best Riesling at the 2013 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show.