“It’s all about celebrating what a fantastic job Marion and Robin have done over the last 20 years, that amazing legacy, and to build on that,” says Rachel Macfarlane who, along with husband Matt, is now managing the restaurant at Ransom Wines on behalf of new owners, Bella Bi and Tony Yan.

Bella and Tony are content to remain in the background and let Rachel and Matt, of Wharf Street Bistro fame, work their magic to ensure the vineyard continues in the manner we know and love, but with a bit of added zing.

The world-famous Ransom platters will stay, featuring local artisan cheeses, home-made dips, fresh and vibrant salads, venison salami and other cold cuts. In addition, Matt is introducing an olive board which showcases the olive oil and marinated olives from the vineyard’s own trees, served with dukka and fresh bread; a charcuterie board featuring specially-selected cured meats and salamis; and a cheese board featuring three cheeses, three chutneys, three types of crackers and three matched wines. There is also a lovely selection of desserts for those with any room left after the platters!

“A lot of planning goes into getting all the tastes and textures to go together, and to match the Ransom wine flavours,” Rachel explains.

“But in the end, it’s all about lovely, local produce that changes seasonally. Vineyards are about celebrating that day out, in the sunshine, with stunning views, and delicious food and wine.”

Long-term, the aim is to reinvigorate the wood-fired pizza oven on the terrace and have summer events on the grass with picnics and music.

You can still enjoy the amazing and eclectic selection of wines for which the vineyard is so respected. A great way to sample these is with the $15 tasting tray of five different wines.

“Come in and see us. The views are amazing, we’re family-friendly, and the food and wine are wonderful.”

Ransom Wines, Valerie Close, Warkworth