Planted in 1866, Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard was the first vineyard established in the Parish of Pokolbin, almost 150 years ago. With breathtaking views of the Hunter Valley, this James Halliday red 5 star rated winery is an absolute must-visit for visitors to the region.
750 Debeyers Road, Pokolbin
We are a multi trophy winning winery with proven excellent customer service and breathtaking 360 degree views of the Hunter Valley and Brokenback Ranges.
The Wilkinsons were true pioneers of the Australian winemaking industry. Despite two earlier ventures in Australia, the Wilkinson family returned after the brothers Frederick and John had studied winemaking in France and Germany. In 1866 the family acquired the present site of the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. Living in tents, they cleared the land and planted vines sourced from the MacArthur Onslow property.
By the early 1900s, Audrey Wilkinson collected awards around Australia for his hock, claret and fortified wines. Large quantities were exported to London. Audrey committed to leading-edge technology which, at the end of the 19th century, included open cement fermenters and steam-powered crushers and hoppers. It was here the Audrey Wilkinson legacy was born.
The Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard was first planted in 1866 making it the oldest vineyard site in Pokolbin and one of the oldest in Australia. It has approximately 20ha under vine, located in a naturally formed, north facing amphitheatre, with elevations from 260m down to 180m.
Curiously, the vineyard has 7 different soil types, with the majority of the vineyard planted in either hard shale limestone soil or weathered Terra Rossa soil, providing naturally occurring variance in soil types that ideally suit white and red grape production respectively.
Varieties planted on this site include Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Malbec and Tempranillo. Our old vines are all almost 50 years old, with the majority of the vineyard being 15-20 years old.
This site is also home to The Lake and The Ridge blocks – the eponymous homes to our two marquee wines in the Audrey Wilkinson range.
Audrey Wilkinson wines are offered over 3 tiers, all with a distinct Hunter Valley focus:
*The Reserve Series, with our marquee wines being the Lake Shiraz, The Ridge Semillon and The Oakdale Chardonnay
*The Winemakers Selection Range
*The Audrey Series
Chief Winemaker: Jeff Byrne. Winemaker: Xanthe Hatcher. Assistant Winemaker: Rick Staniford
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