Worthington's Vineyard, Pokolbin
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Thousands of years of wine making have led the French to the concept of 'terroir'. Local vignerons can tell you about the blocks that consistently produce the best fruit and the finest of wines, and so it is with Worthington's Vineyard.
The Worthington Family wanted a block where the soil was deep burnt red; a block that faced the morning sun and nestled down out of the hot relentless westerlies. Most importantly, they wanted a block with old, twisted, cranky vines - a block capable of producing the very finest of Hunter Valley Shiraz and Semillon.
With six years of searching, they learned of an old block at the end of a gravel lane reputed to grow some of the finest fruit in the Hunter. The vineyard was originally planted in 1968 by Allan Martin and his family with the help of his mate, Max Lake. All the Worthington's wines are produced from this heritage vineyard.
The block has about twelve acres under old vines - six acres each of Semillon and Shiraz, red podzolic clay soils, an easterly aspect and adequate water - with old, twisted, gnarled vines that don't yield much fruit, but what they do produce is pure magic.
The Worthington family has lived and worked in the Hunter Valley since the 1980s. They have the privilege to be guardians of 25 beautiful acres with views spanning from Brokenback to the Barringtons.
They produce fine single vineyard wines that truly reflect the seasonality and temperament of the Hunter Valley.
Like so many of the Heritage blocks, the vines were sourced from McWilliam's Lovedale Semillon block, by Cessnock Airport, and from the original O'Shea plantings of Shiraz, in the foothills of Brokenback Mountain.
For years, the grapes were sold to be blended into many of the local premium wines - Tower Estate, Audrey Wilkinson and Mereea Park to name a few. Allandale used Worthington's Semillon to produce what has become some truly remarkable wine. The family felt it was time the wines were attributed to the place, and so it was that in 2012, the first vintage was launched.
Worthington's Vineyard was born of a love for family, the Hunter and fine wine.
Worthington's Vineyard Reviews
Great location, great knowledgeable team and excellent single vineyard wines. The winery is an exemplar of Hunter Valley wine styles, and it is good to experience a winery that does not specialise in ... more »
Beautiful location, beautiful buildings and decor. Sadly, half their already small offering was already sold out. I felt that the owners were a little too cool for school and frankly, their product wa... more »
Wow what a amazing place!! Got marrried here on the 14th February 2019 and everything i have ever dreamed of came true, julie and micheal did a absolutley amazing job with eveything highly recommended with accommodation to wedding planning they went above and beyond to make sure our special day was extra special. Thank you once again use are amazing!!!
I've been very lucky to seek out and find the new Worthington's Vineyard location on Mistletoe Land in Pokolbin! This stunning new location is just amazing!! Starting with those amazing views over the vineyards looking to the South West towards the Brokenback Mountain Range, if you're lucky enough to be able to book a few nights here, you won't be disappointed at all! Your luxury room has a private pool overlooking the green vineyards of the Hunter Valley, a relaxation factor of 10!! The private tasting room and cellar door is all ready for summer with the air-conditioner keeping you more than comfortable during your wine tasting! I would expect the outside fire to be blasting through winter however if you do visit in summer, there's more than enough shade to explore this bespoke vineyard estate. If you only have one chance to come to the Hunter Valley, Worthington's Vineyard must be on the top of your list, you'll be disappointed if you miss out, trust me on that!!
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