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Your Definitive Hunter Valley Cellar Door Guide and Map

Plan the perfect escape to the Hunter Valley wineries and cellar doors with our carefully curated guide, list, and map to this premier wine region. 

There’s a fantastic range of Hunter Valley cellar doors to visit within a two-hour drive from Sydney or a 40-minute trip from Newcastle. To help plan your trip to this dynamic wine region , we’ve selected a collection of wineries that provide the best cellar door experience, plus we’ve included a handy interactive map below.

While the region is famous for its ShirazChardonnay and Semillon , there’s also a stunning selection of innovative new varieties on offer. You can also find out more about the region in the Hunter Valley guide we’ve put together here.

HUNTER VALLEY WINERIES LIST

With so many great cellar doors in the region, we’ve grouped our list into journeys through the region along the Hunter Valley’s iconic roads. Take a trip from Pokolbin to Broke with a sojourn along Hermitage Road to visit the world class wineries of Tyrrell’s, Margan, De Iuliis and Andrew Thomas Wines on the alluvial flats. Or you can spend the day following McDonald’s Road through the heart of Pokolbin to visit the myriad of innovative wineries for which the Hunter Valley is renowned.

EXPLORE LOVEDALE

Journey through the heart of Lovedale via Wine Country Drive.

HUNGERFORD HILL AND MUSE RESTAURANT

The Hungerford Hill winery, designed by renowned architect Walter Barda, incorporates a spectacular barrel-shaped tasting room in which you can sample exemplary wines from the Hunter, as well as from the cool climate regions of Tumbarumba and the Hilltops of Southern New South Wales. Join the EPIC Tasting Experience Wednesday to Sunday between 11 am and 3 pm on a guided tasting of their limited release wines matched to bite-sized dishes prepared by the acclaimed Muse Restaurant and Cafe (reservations are essential).

2450 Broke Road, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Hungerford Hill website

DOMAINE DE BINET

Domaine de Binet is leading the charge for left of centre experimental wines, alternate varieties, and blends. It is rare to call in and not be able to chat to the entertaining husband and wife duo of Dan and Nat at this family-run winery.

467 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open Friday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Visit the Domaine de Binet website

HOPE ESTATE

Hope Estate is a destination in its own right with a great cellar door, the Hope Brewhouse, the Harvest Restaurant, and sweeping views of rolling vineyards and picturesque lakes.

2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Hope Estate website

PEPPER TREE WINES

The stunning grounds, the old convent, Circa 86 restaurant and the gardens that surround the Pepper Tree Wines cellar door are an essential stop on your next visit to the Hunter Valley. With their consistently high-quality wines, Pepper Tree are a stalwart of the Hunter Valley.

86 Halls Road, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday to Sunday 9:30 am to 5 pm

Visit the Pepper Tree Wines website

EXPLORE BROKE AND HERMITAGE ROAD

Unearth the rustic township of Broke with a stop or two along Hermitage Road. 

TYRRELL’S

This salt of the earth Hunter Valley winery is a must-see destination, so is the tour of the old oak vats and the original red dirt cellar. Tyrrell’s have won many international medals and Trophies throughout their near 160-year history. Yet, they never rest on their laurels, continuing to impress on the world stage, earning respect as perhaps the most consistently high-achieving winery in the country.

1838 Broke Rd, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open Mon – Sat 9 am to 5 pm; Sun 10 am to 4 pm

Visit the Tyrrell’s website

LEOGATE ESTATE WINES

Just along from Tyrrell’s is this distinctive cellar door and estate. A relative newcomer to the Hunter Valley, Leogate are quickly establishing themselves as a rising star due in no small part to securing accomplished winemaker Mark Woods to lead the winery.

1693 Broke Road – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Leogate Estate website

MARGAN WINES & RESTAURANT

This striking Hunter Valley cellar door nestled amongst the vines is the perfect venue to sample their estate grown and made wines of a fine pedigree. This local focus translates to the superb Margan Restaurant, featuring ingredients from their kitchen garden, orchard, beehives and free range produce. Andrew Margan pioneered traditional and alternate varieties in the Broke region.

1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Visit the Margan website

DE IULIIS WINES

This modern, architect designed cellar door matches perfectly with Michael De Iuliis’ carefully constructed wines. Given he won the 2015 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends awards, his wines are sure to impress. As is the view over the Brokenback Mountain Range from the observation tower.

1616 Broke Road – view on our Hunter Valley cellar door map

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the De Iuliis website

HUNTER'S DREAM

Discover the unforgettable tranquility and beauty of the estate owned and managed by renowned health care company, Nature’s Care. Hunter’s Dream is one of the oldest boutique wineries in the region first established over a half a century ago. Now, many years and vintages later the newly opened cellar doors are producing an award wining collection under the guiding influence of winemaker Kees van de Scheur. Come and taste some of the best wines the lower Hunter has to offer amidst an oasis of sprawling lavender fields, ripe olive groves and a serene Japanese garden..

149 Deasys Road – view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open daily 10 am to 4 pm Mon-Fri 10 am to 4:30 pm Sat-Sun

Visit the Hunter's Dream website

DAVID HOOK WINES

Set in a provincial-style sandstone building, this boutique winery specialises in single vineyard drops from the Hunter’s traditional varieties of Semillon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz, as well as emerging grape varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Barbera. While you're there, you can explore the grounds, and surrounds of the Peppers Barrel Room or enjoy a spot of breakfast or lunch at Cafe Enzo.

Crn Broke & Ekerts Road, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open Daily 10 am to 4:30 pm

Visit the David Hook website

ANDREW THOMAS WINES

This sleek, boutique and modern cellar door is the perfect place to sample Thomas Wines’ uncompromising single vineyard wines. The 2014 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year, Andrew Thomas only produces the region's renowned varieties of Semillon and Shiraz, allowing your tasting experience to uniquely examine and note the subtle differences across a focused bracket of his medal and Trophy winning wines.

Cnr Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Andrew Thomas Wines website

KEITH TULLOCH WINES

The Keith Tulloch Wines estate is world class with its grand buildings and gorgeous courtyard encompassing the cellar door, winery, Muse Kitchen, and Cocoa Nib artisan chocolate cafe. The unique tasting experience out on the verandah overlooking the sprawling vineyard and Brokenback Mountain Range will make a memorable stop on your next visit to the Hunter Valley

Cnr Hermitage and Deasys Road, Pokolbin NSW – view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Keith Tulloch Wines website

EXPLORE THE HEART OF POKOLBIN

Explore the stunning array of new and old names along McDonalds Road with a stop at Pokolbin Village.

USHER TINKLER CELLAR DOOR AND SALUMI

Set in the original Pokolbin church, this cellar door renovated by Usher and Ebony Tinkler, blurs the lines between a traditional and contemporary wine experience. Their approach to wine tasting incorporates the food and wine lifestyle. Usher’s excellent wines can be accompanied with a superb range of local and imported Salumi and Cheese, making it a unique social destination.

97 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Usher Tinkler website

AUDREY WILKINSON

As one of the oldest vineyards in the Hunter Valley, the Audrey Wilkinson Cellar Door and Winery is not to be missed on your next visit. The winemaking museum, housed in the original winery, the heritage-listed open cement vats and the spectacular views over their 270-acre winery are reason enough to visit. However, the true star is the spectacular selection of fine Semillon, Shiraz, and Verdelho on offer.

750 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Audrey Wilkinson website

BROKENWOOD

Next door to McGuigan wines is Brokenwood, an institution in the Hunter Valley, consistently producing excellent wines and picking up awards for their Shiraz and Semillon. The friendly hospitality and the great selection of excellent wines for tasting are superb. The ‘tour & taste’, available for their members, offers the unique chance to explore the winemaking process and taste straight from the barrel!

401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Mon-Sat 9:30 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Brokenwood website

HART & HUNTER

Winemaking duo Jodie and Damien focus on sourcing the best fruit, letting the individual vineyards in each of their wines shine. This rustic cellar door is a great setting to experience the unique impact of the differing terroir in the Hunter Valley.

463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Thur-Sun 10 am to 4 pm

Visit the Hart & Hunter website

MCGUIGAN WINES

The quality and consistency of McGuigan Wines can’t be overstated, especially given they won the International Winemaker of the Year award in 2016 for a record 4th time. Stop by their relaxed cellar door to taste the wide range of quality wine on offer, or book for the tour of the winery, which departs daily at 12 noon. It is conveniently located next to the Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley Cheese Company and adjacent to Roche Estate in the heart of Pokolbin.

Corner of Broke & McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin NSW 2320 - view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Daily

Visit the McGuigan Wines Cellar Door

SMALL WINEMAKER’S CENTRE

This Hunter Valley cellar door has been showcasing the best of the Hunter Valley for 30 years. With an enviable line-up of winemakers such as the Little Wine Company, Thomas Wines, Silkman, David Hook and Hart & Hunter, the Small Winemaker’s Centre is a must visit for anyone seeking out the best boutique producers. From iconic Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz, to emerging varieties such as Vermentino, Barbera and Tempranillo, there are over 45 wines on offer. This is a very warm and welcoming cellar door with uber-friendly staff dedicated to guiding visitors on a wonderful wine journey.

426 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Small Winemaker’s Centre website

TAMBURLAINE ORGANIC WINES

As Australia’s largest producer of organic wines, Tamburlaine is a pioneer of innovative organic winemaking and vineyard management in the region. Incorporating practical and sustainable strategies, they continue to produce a swag of award-winning wine with a relaxed and generous approach, which translates through to their cellar door staff.

358 McDonalds Road Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Daily 9 am to 5 pm

Visit the Tamburlaine website

TULLOCH WINES

Tulloch Wines are an institution in the Hunter Valley, who continually impress with the classic varieties that made them famous through to their innovative new varieties in their unique Cellar Door Release range. Their cellar door is excellent with casual tastings upstairs overlooking the stunning vista or with their pre-booked alternate variety tastings in their stunning restaurant downstairs.

638 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Tulloch Wines website

FIRST CREEK WINES

This cellar door is a hive of activity as one of the largest winemaking and bottling providers in the region. Many wineries and vineyards trust their precious drops to First Creek’s Chief Winemaker Liz Silkman, the Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2011 and 2016. With this unrivalled access to the region's best vineyards, it's little wonder First Creek have amassed an impressive 14 Trophies and 29 Gold medals since 2015.

600 McDonalds Rd Pokolbin - view on our Hunter Valley Winery Map

Open Daily Mon-Sat 9:30 am to 5 pm Sun 9:30 am to 4 pm

Visit the First Creek website

 

EXPLORE MOUNT VIEW

Rediscover the iconic wineries in the hills between Mount View and McDonald’s Road.

DRAYTON’S FAMILY WINES

This iconic cellar door, rebuilt recently after the tragic 2008 winery accident, has a long history stretching back to Joseph Drayton, who arrived in the Hunter in 1853. With a great range of traditional styles through to their renowned range of fortified and stickies, Drayton’s is well worth a visit.

555 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 - view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open Daily Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Drayton’s Family Wines Website

MT PLEASANT WINES

Mt Pleasant is an iconic, family-run Hunter Valley winery with a long and superb history of producing fine wine. The future is bright too, with Jim Chatto at the helm of their winemaking efforts, producing a growing range of alternate and innovative wines.

401 Marrowbone Road Pokolbin – view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open Daily 10am - 4pm

Visit the Mount Pleasant website

PETERSONS WINES

Situated on a small hill surrounded by vineyards, the position is perfect, with uninterrupted views of Mount Sugarloaf and the Watagan Mountains. This warm and friendly cellar door is the ideal place to taste their delightful award-winning wines.

552 Mount View Road Mount – view on our Hunter Valley Winery map

Open Mon-Sat 9 am to 5 pm Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Visit the Petersons Wines website

Hunter Valley Winery Map

Planning a trip to the Hunter Valley? Download our interactive Hunter Valley winery map. To save on your browser or device, click here

For more information on visiting the Hunter Valley, be sure to visit the official Hunter Valley Wine Country website or stop by the Visitors Centre in Lovedale when you're in the area. But, if you’d like to sample some of the wineries listed in this guide before you visit, explore our wide selection of Hunter Valley wines and find out more about the wineries listed in this guide in our Meet the Makers section.

And, with our Hunter Valley Releases program, you can experience the best the Hunter Valley has to offer from the comfort of home. You’ll discover wines from regional icons such as Tyrrell’s and Tulloch, through to unique drops from the Valley’s leading boutique wineries. Visit our Hunter Valley Releases page to find out more!

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Fruits of the Forest
The produce of Western Australia’s Southern Forests is world renowned, the wines of the region are starting to follow suit. It’s hard not to be intoxicated by the Southern Forests region, with its towering forests, cascading waterways, sprawling valleys dotted with vineyards and orchards quilted with blossoming fruit trees. This special place is a leisurely three-hour drive from Perth and winds through some of the most fertile land in the world – home to a tapestry of fresh produce. While this quintessentially Australian landscape was historically timber-milling and tobacco country, today it is Western Australia’s third largest wine region – and one of the nation’s richest agricultural districts. Situated in the lower south west corner of WA, the Southern Forests has over 80,000 hectares of prime agricultural land and includes the Manjimup , Pemberton and Great Southern Geographical Indications (GIs). With its high altitude, cool climate and rich, loamy karri soils, the region is suited to the production of Burgundy-style wines with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay simply thriving in this lush environment. More recently, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Verdelho, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc have also emerged as important varieties. And with Margaret River as its neighbour, it is not surprising that this district is forging a solid reputation for its premium cool climate wines to match its world-class produce. The Southern Forests’ reputation as a top culinary tourism destination has grown exponentially since the introduction of the Genuinely Southern Forests campaign and now the vignerons want their wines to share that international platform. As a result, the Manjimup and Pemberton wine associations are in the process of amalgamating to create a unified brand to further promote their wines to the world. If approved, it will be known as the Wine Industry of the Southern Forests. “This move will allow us to operate more efficiently in association with the Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC) and effectively benefit all of the membership with the administration and distribution of funds from the recently established Agricultural Produce Commission,” says Mark Aitken of Woodgate Estate. “For WA to be acknowledged as one of the premier wine growing regions in the world, it needs a critical mass of strong regional brands each with a unique identity in the same way the rest of the great wine regions of the world now operate.” According to Vic Peos from Peos Estate, this move will allow Southern Forests winemakers to achieve this recognition and continue evolving their styles in the international domain. “We aim to grow the value of agriculture and give educational opportunities to future generations so they can live, work and have a quality lifestyle within the area. This will also create vibrancy and jobs within the community,” he says. While the Peos family have been in the region for 80 years, it wasn’t until 1996 that Vic and his three brothers created Peos Estate as a legacy to their late father and grandfather who cultivated grapes in Macedonia a century ago before migrating to Manjimup in the 1950s. Over the years, the Peos family has farmed dairy cattle, potatoes, cauliflowers and beans so it was no great leap for their farming pedigree to be put to use to cultivate wine grapes. “Manjimup is one of the coolest regions in WA which allows for distinctive fruit flavours to be enhanced and the sustained ripening period gives some varieties the ability to age and slowly mature. “Our single vineyard Shiraz is a perfect example of this with its medium-bodied, savoury and complex flavours which are powerful, yet elegant. It is also a great match with food to give you a wonderful culinary experience,” explains Vic. Epicurean Delights To say these vignerons are spoilt for choice when it comes to food matching selections to pair with their wines is a huge understatement. It is a melting pot of flavours here with these privileged winemakers having a bountiful choice of seafood, dairy, meat, fruit and vegetables at their fingertips to enhance the gastronomic journey. Silkwood Wines is one such establishment that has opened a restaurant at its cellar door, showcasing its range of wines and locally harvested produce. All it takes is one afternoon of sitting on the deck overlooking the lake whilst enjoying a glass of their vibrantly fresh Sauvignon Blanc and a tasting plate to become immersed in this region. At Chestnut Grove, winemaker David Dowden is undertaking wild ferments with his Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs to create an extra layer of complexity, texture and finesse in his wine stable. And not content with wine production alone, the winery is now making a verjuice from its deliciously fruity Verdelho, as well as an extra virgin olive oil. Whilst most produce will flourish in this fertile land, Monica Radomiljac from Pemberley of Pemberton, says living in ‘karri country’ can be challenging. “The soil here is too good and too rich. In order to prevent the vines from growing as huge as their famous neighbours, the karri trees, we have to stress the plants using techniques such as minimal or no irrigation and hard pruning,” says Monica. “This results in grapes that are vibrant with flavours and alive with freshness when they are harvested for crushing from February to April each year.” Living in Harmony This symbiotic relationship between the soils and vines extends to something devilishly smelly that also grows here and has gourmands around the world salivating for its pungent, earthy flavours. 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The Best Margaret River Wineries & Cellar Doors 2019
Located around three hours' drive south of Perth, Margaret River is not the easiest Australian wine region to access, although it's absolutely worth the journey. Combining two of our favourite pastimes – wine tasting and surf - Margaret River offers over 200 world-class wineries and hundreds of kilometres of explorable pristine coast. It's the type of place that warrants repeat visits.  Margaret River has a Mediterranean-style climate that doesn't experience extreme temperatures during summer and winter, ensuring superb growing conditions. Paired with the expert winemaking practices, what you have is an abundance of wineries producing consistently high-quality fruit, resulting in many award-winning wines. Principal grape varieties are closely split between red and white, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and more of your favourites produced within the region.   To help plan your trip to the internationally-renowned Margaret River, we've curated a selection of wineries that deliver the best cellar door experience. Swings & Roundabouts Cellar Door and Taphouse Swings & Roundabouts blends modern décor and traditional cuisine. Stunning views of the winery complement the cellar door tasting experience. From Margaret River favourites to Western Australian blends, there's something here to suit every palate.  The good times continue back in the heart of Margaret River at the Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse. Sunday sessions, dinner dates, family events and evening drinks. It's the same great wine with the added benefit of being located closer to your accommodation. Cellar Door  2807 Caves Road, Yallingup They are currently closed for renovations. Tap House 85 Bussel Hwy, Margaret River Open Monday - Thursday 3pm – 9pm, Friday - Sunday 11am – to late Visit the Swings & Roundabouts website Hay Shed Hill Hay Shed Hill is situated on one of Margaret River's oldest vineyards, and the cellar door has an extensive range of over 25 wines for tasting. Try the Cabernet Sauvignon, Spanish Tempranillo or sample something extra special from the rare museum release collection.  For dining, a six-course tapas degustation menu at Rustico is matched with premium Hay Shed Hill wines for what is bound to be a delectable feast. Also, the winery serves pizzas and possesses what could be the largest collection of European cheeses in Margaret River.  511 Harmans Mill Road, Wilyabrup Open daily from 10am till 5pm Visit the Hay Shed Hill website Howard Park Less than five minutes' drive from the beach, Howard Park winery is the perfect place to unwind after an early morning surf or swim. The award-winning architecture that houses the cellar door comes from a Feng Shui expert known for designing traditional temples across China. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to sample handcrafted wines produced from quality, locally-grown fruit. The nearby Wine Chapel is where happy couples go to tie the knot, and it’s also a high-end tasting room perfect for private functions. 543 Miamup Road, Margaret River Open daily 10am to 5pm Visit the Howard Park website Hamelin Bay Wines Close to the summer activities of coastal Augusta, the multiple trophy-winning Hamelin Bay Wines is surrounded by stunning vistas of the Five Ashes Vineyard, Rusty Valley and forest of tall Marri and Karri trees. It's the sort of place you will want to linger following wine tastings at the cellar door. Thanks to alfresco dining at the winery restaurant, it's possible to do just that.  199 McDonald Road, Karridale Cellar Door Open daily from 10am to 4:45pm Restaurant  Open daily from 12pm to 3pm Visit the Hamelin Bay Wines website Redgate Wines Back in 1977, the Margaret River locals were finding it near impossible to source a drink. So, farmer Bill Ullinger began secretly producing illegal moonshine on his property. Those in the know would visit the infamous farm identified by its distinctly-coloured entrance to ask if there was any 'red gate' available.   Today, the highly awarded and very legal operation produces Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc among other wines which can be sampled at the cellar door. 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Up to 90% of the produce is grown on-site within the kitchen's garden. 41 Stevens Road, Margaret River Cellar Door Open daily 10am to 5pm Restaurant Open daily 11:30am to 2:30pm Visit the Voyager Estate website Arimia Tucked away within a quiet bushland setting, Arimia is a boutique winery in Margaret River's famed Wilyabrup region and home to a cellar door, restaurant and guesthouse. There's a great range of wines available for tasting including both Margaret River classics and distinct styles like Mourvedre and Zinfandel. The restaurant serves seasonal dishes with many ingredients, including pork, olives and honey sourced from the property itself. 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Meet Carissa Major and Marnie Roberts of Claymore Wines
Get to know the ladies behind Claymore Wines -General Manager Carissa Major and Winemaker, Marnie Roberts Carrisa, you say you “had the good fortune to fall into” the wine industry days after your 18 th birthday – what’s the story behind that good fortune?  As in real estate – location location location! I grew up at the southern end of the Clare Valley, had travelled throughout my 17 th year (thanks to the possibly misguided generosity of my parents) then landed back into the Clare Valley …a little bit jobless and without a sense of purpose. The idea of university for uni’s sake was less than appealing so my one year gap turned into two and through friends of the family I wound up with a position at Knappstein Wines Cellar Door. Tim was still on site then and I found the whole staff tastings both inspirational and intimidating but got enough out of them to want to learn more. Andrew Hardy had a similar approach to staff engagement so what started off as a spark became something a little more…so basically, I had the right door open at the right time. Got sucked in and found this amazing industry that brings people together while opening up the world. Given the quirky nature of the brand, do you have to bring out your inner quirks too? Well it’s not hard really…they are never too far from the surface! The best thing about the brand is that link to music informs so much of the fun every day and provides a motivating backdrop to the workplace. There is nothing better than an impromptu Friday afternoon singalong with customers as Meatloaf cranks out of the sound system (and yes that really did and does happen!)  Are you a Voodoo Child, or do you like a splash of Purple Rain, or do you hear London calling? (i.e. what’s your favourite Claymore wine and does your love of the wine match your fondness for its namesake?) Oh there are too many to choose from; from a wine perspective though I do have a soft spot for London Calling. It took a few years to win the boss over to Malbec – he’s more of a Merlot kind of guy – but it just shines in Clare and paired with cabernet it makes for such approachable drinking without compromising depth and intensity. One day I may be able to release that straight Malbec…not sure what label I’d choose though. Can you recall the first wine you tried? Easy one – we grew up farming on the outskirts of Auburn in the shadow of Taylors wines so it was their white wines that graced our family table for special occasions. From the age of about 12 I was allowed a half pour if their amazingly bone dry, fully worked Chardonnay which I would duly sip over the course of a meal. It was dry, acid and complex for my junior palate and I recall grimacing after the first taste but would never dare leave a drop…it was wayyyy too special! What do you think is special about your wine region? There is an easy intimacy to the Clare Valley that you don’t see in many other regions; intimate without being aloof or removed. From a wine perspective there is an underlying elegance to the wines we produce here – even those 15.8% brooding monsters carry an underpinning structure that balances that intensity. Any region that can pull off our delicately structured Rieslings that defy expectation with just how powerful they can be and at the same time produce complex, finely drawn cabernet and nuanced yet flavour busting shiraz has to be special. It’s a multi-faceted little dynamo that continues to surprise and delight..and the locals aren’t a bad lot either! Do you have a favourite holiday destination/memory? We spent many early years holidaying at Elliston on the West Coast in the family shack – total beachfront, tumble down tiny fibro thing that we’d have to drive seemingly endless distances to get to while listening to the Australia Open on the radio (?). Fishing off the beach and jetty, grandma’s garfish and squid for breakfast pan fried in truckloads of butter and playing tennis on asphalt courts then jumping into the ocean to cool off. Oh – nostalgia overload! Now I like to recreate that sense of simple pleasure and we still holiday in shacks (just closer to home on the Yorke Peninsula) and chase fish and squid from the jetty and beach while fossicking in rockpools, building sandcastles and eating hot chips. Except now I chase it all down with a Riesling or two – best ever with fresh shucked oysters! And Marnie, as Claymore Wines winemaker do you have to make the wines to match the songs? Or does lyrical inspiration come after the tasting? The link of wines and songs seems to naturally evolve. The base constant is always to create the best wine to start with and I suppose, yes, doesn’t everyone get inspired in some way when they are drinking wine?! Certain labels do make complete sense to me. Nirvana is a Reserve Shiraz and drinking it you hope to reach a state of Nirvana. Dark Side of the Moon is our Clare Shiraz and it has the elegance and dark seductive fruit layered over oak. Do you get to name any of the wines? We all have input and suggestions which can be quite amusing. I got Skinny Love across the line which came to me in the car while singing it at the top of my lungs….the Claymore version of 'Car Pool Karaoke'. Was it your dream of being a rock star that drew you to Claymore? The Rockstar dream is still my back up occupation if the winemaking thing falls through. So far, the music world is safe. I do love the idea of the music and wine. I think to make good wine you have to have an element of love for the arts and the creation of things. Wine and Music just make sense  - both are so evocative and amazing for setting a sense of  place and time. All those great moments, you know the BIG celebrations in life can usually be tracked back in the memory banks tied to a particular wine or song! What is your favourite wine to make? I don’t think I could pick a variety or a style as such. I love the process and the chance to follow it the whole way through. From the vineyard basics of pruning and harvesting to ferment to batching to oak to tank to bottle to mouth….it’s an amazing journey that I get to guide these babies through. When did you fall in love with wine? Growing up on a block in Mildura that went from citrus to dried fruit to winegrapes, I have always had an appreciation for the fruit. The love of wine was the next step. I remember the cask wine in my parents’ fridge in the 80s and then the big purchases of wine in a bottle. I remember one night, when I was around 19 or 20, going to a friend’s house who was studying to be a winemaker and he opened a 1994 Lindemans Pyrus. A wine from Coonawarra that is a Cabernet Sauvignon /Merlot and Malbec blend. IT WAS MASSIVE and I thought wow, I need to try more wines. It really blew my socks off as I hadn’t tried anything as big and succulent as that before. Can you cook? If so, what is your ‘signature dish’? I love to cook. With a toddler and husband that works away, time is limited but when I can, I love to invite friends around and cook. Homemade pasta with a trio of different sauce options is always a winner. The other is a stuffed squid. A recipe I have had for about 20 years and it never seems to fail. What do you do to relax away from the winery? I love to chill at home but my favourite getaways are anywhere near the water. I love the beach in winter and the river in summer. Anytime with my family is a bonus and I have great friends who are around for a catch up…which usually includes wine and food!
Two Blues Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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