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The Isak (Isakidis) family have a long tradition in the hospitality industry. Over 55 years in fact.



Originally from Greece – James Dimitri Isak (Isakidis) moved to New Zealand with his wife Georgia (Rita) to start a new life after serving in the Hellenic Army in the Sacred Regiment as a Special Forces paratrooper under the umbrella of the Allied Raiding Forces, attached to the SAS in the Middle East and the SBS in the Aegean Sea in WWII. They went on to have two sons Spiros and Theo.

Finally settling in Australia in 1974, they bought their first hotel. Spiros and Theo joined the family business as soon as they were old enough, expanding their footprint in the Sydney hotel scene.

Over the years the family owned and operated numerous Sydney hotels including;

  • Post Office Hotel – Tamworth
  • Empire Hotel – Annandale
  • Toxteth Hotel – Glebe
  • White Horse Hotel – Hurstville
  • Surrey Hotel – City
  • Metropolitan Hotel – George St, City
  • Paddington Green Hotel – Paddington
  • Canberra Hotel – Paddington
  • King George Tavern – George St, City
  • Tennyson Hotel – Mascot
  • Tatler Hotel – George St

The historic Tatler hotel at 432 George St, where rugby league was first formulated in 1908, was the inspiration for the creation of The Tatler Vineyard and Winery opening in 1997 nestled in Lovedale, in the Hunter Valley.

James Isak’s long held dream and vision was for his sons Spiros and Theo to grow and source high quality grapes, make excellent quality wines and continue the hospitality family tradition, which they do to this day.

The Isak family passion for creating outstanding food and beverage experiences with exemplary customer service has been infused in the experiences now enjoyed by locals and tourists at Tatler in The Hunter Valley. The Tatler Estate is also the home for one of the Hunter’s original Tapas cafe’s which serves delicious Mediterranean inspired dishes.

They have been active ambassadors for the Hunter’s reputation, consistently delivering exceptional and award winning wines at affordable prices and memorable hospitality moments.

Spiro and Theo’s children are now also actively engaged in the Tatler business, continuing the long and proud tradition created by their Grandparents.

The business has expanded and now includes a 100 tonne winery which produces their award winning wines.