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Hotel review: Wine country's touch of Basque

By Ute Junker
Updated October 7 2022 - 11:10pm, first published 2:10pm


It was one heck of a gamble. Back when Tower Lodge opened in 1999, Australia hadn't even heard of the luxury lodge concept, let alone embraced it. But wine industry legend Len Evans wanted the Hunter Valley to have a world-class retreat so he created Tower Lodge, complete with a very '90s subterranean restaurant called Nine, which had nine tables and served nine courses. The original Tower Lodge won several global awards; current owners, Spicers Retreats, have invested $6 million in this new version, restoring its status as the dare-to-dream Hunter escape.

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