The Retreat at Chapel Hill is under new management


Chapel Hill Winery are proud to announce The Food Business as the new operators of The Retreat at Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale’s premier small events and accommodation venue.


The Food Business, spearheaded by the experienced and talented Cindy Halasz and Head Chef John Gabel, have been successfully managing venues and catering events in and around Adelaide for over 15 years. They are the current custodians of historic Carrick Hill in the Adelaide Foothills and see this new venture as a natural evolution of that business.

The Food Business began their tenure at Chapel Hill on 1 January 2018. The team have taken over all existing bookings and will focus on weddings and corporate bookings in the coming months. The long-term plans include launching the very first restaurant on the site in Q3 2018, with the addition of a bar to the dining room, and an awning over the deck to create a versatile all-weather space. The Food Business also plan to open up the guest rooms to casual accommodation bookings, a much needed and stylish addition to lodging options on the Fleurieu Peninsula.


“Everyone at Chapel Hill is excited by the new management and are confident they can take the venue to a new high. John has an incredible passion for fresh and local produce which aligns perfectly with our values as a winery. Cindy’s dedication to customer service and people has a warmth and generosity which provides such a natural welcome for guests.”
Michael Fragos, CEO/ Chief Winemaker.


“We are excited to be working in such a great space located at one of McLaren Vale’s best wineries. We look forward to welcoming many guests in 2018 and beyond.”
Cindy Halasz, Owner, The Food Business


“The kitchen has the finest views of any kitchen I have ever worked in, this will inspire me to cook delicious food for all of our guests to enjoy. The Food Business philosophy will be mirrored here: fresh, seasonal, generous, perfect to pair with the delicious Chapel Hill wines.” John Gabel, Head Chef and Co-Owner, The Food Business.


The Retreat at Chapel Hill was opened in 2004. It has seven guest rooms, three king suites and four double suites. The dining room can seat up to 90 guests for a wedding of event. The venue is suitable for up to 150 guests for a cocktail event. The deck offers an unmatched view over the Onkaparinga Gorge looking beyond to the blue water of Gulf St Vincent.


New management at The Retreat at Chapel Hill will take the venue to new highs with delicious food and great service to match. Bookings are now open for the rest of 2018 and beyond.


To contact The Food Business about booking your next wedding, party or gathering, please call or email Kate Sutherland, Event Manager, The Food Business. p: 08 83239182 m: 0419508463 e: