The glass walled temperature controlled Wine Cellar is a feature of dining at Bells at Killcare. The wine list is a meticulously chosen list of the best of Australian and Italian wines. The Australian list is dominated by wines from the Hunter Region of NSW reflecting the regionality of Bells at Killcare and Brian Barry’s long association with the Hunter. Diners can enjoy both the eclectic finds from Brian’s longstanding collection or browse the Italian list collected under the watchful eye of Stefano Manfredi.
In national competition, our wine list is one of a number of restaurants to hold a top accolade of “3 Glasses”. But our list is unique in that we are the only regional NSW restaurant to be thusly awarded. The independent criteria of assessment is based on quality, balance, innovation and suitability. With further focus on vintage and wine by the glass selection, which can all sound terribly correct. But a wine list within a family business is bound also to display a few family eccentricities. A cellar accumulated over my life time that is now an integral part of the list, contains such eccentricities. Listed are wines from makers with whom I am great mates. As well as wines from cellars visited and any number of other personal favorites. With the most recent and considerable Italian wine listings evolving under the tutorage of Stefano Manfredi. It is hoped that future wine list judging criteria will continue to accommodate my slightly unbalanced personality
But more importantly it is hoped that from within the list a wine is found that is both interesting and tastes good
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