History of the Estate

Originally opened in 1983 by master chef Peter Meier, Casuarina Restaurant saw Peter’s vision of fine dining and table side flambés come to life.


Casuarina began it’s life in the late 1960’s as home to Jock McPherson, entrepreneur and winemaker. He planted the vineyard that surrounds the property in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, some of the vines planted originally still produce today. The home was turned into a restaurant by celebrity chef Peter Meier in 1983, where it quickly became one of the finest restaurants in the region.


“The greatness of food lies within it’s simplicity.”


Peter Meier emigrated from Germany to Australia at age 20 where he began working the the hospitality industry. He made a name for himself at Rothbury Estate, before he moved on to open his own restaurant and country inn – Casuarina Estate. Peter was known as the Flambé King for his table-side cooking, forging Casuarina as a legendary award-winning fine dining experience.


At Casuarina’s peak in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, the restaurant was the finest establishment in the Hunter Valley. The restaurant received the Restaurant-Catering Association Best Restaurant award in the years 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. Casuarina also was awarded American Express Best Restaurant in the Northern Region in 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998 and was inducted into the American Express Hall of Fame in 1999.


With a long history of fine dining, the iconic Casuarina Estate Restaurant has been a Pokolbin favourite for decades. Situated within the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, the Estate is surrounded by 4.8ha of mixed vines, yielding 29 tonnes of mixed chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and shiraz grapes, lush gardens, and orchards.


Originally family-run and established more than 20 years ago, the freshly renovated Estate has a new lease on life.  The Casuarina Estate Restaurant is a Hunter Valley institution, made so by chef Peter Meier and a dedicated team who created a multi-award winning restaurant. Recently restored to it’s former glory, enjoy fine dining and Casuarina’s famous flambés. With eight fantasy themed suites and four houses, Casuarina is the perfect place to escape to for your next getaway.