The Wollombi Vineyard and Cellar Door, Hunter Valley
Wollombi Wines is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard adjoining the historic village of Wollombi, and bordered by the beautiful Wollombi Brook. Come and enjoy a cellar door tasting, or stay in the Ironbark Cottage set amongst the vineyard.
Enjoy the beautiful picnic area under pergola with BBQ facilities overlooking the vineyard. Book a group large or small. Tea and coffee provided. We can provide plates, cutlery and mugs for a small fee.
Wollombi Brook begins life as Congewai creek in the Watagan Mountains and meanders through over 90 km of valleys to join the Hunter River near Singleton. We are privileged to share 1 km of its banks. The densely grown banks of the river provide a haven for a large range of wildlife.
The property today consists of eight of the original allotments attached to the then (1830’s) growing Wollombi township. At times being used as the town sports field, severe floods in the late 1880’s put an end to Wollombi’s expansion and the land continued life as farmland.The land has seen numerous farming activities, from grain crops, an orchard, sheep, cattle and for a time a dairy.
The property was acquired by the current owner’s in 1992. The first vines were planted in 1994 by the family with the assistance of ‘Nic’ a local. All the vineyard work is carried out by family members. The vineyard receives little or no watering (none since 2004) and so yields are low, usually around 2 tonnes per acre. No insecticides are used by Wollombi Wines at the vineyard.
The vineyard was planted by owners Peter and Allyson Hoft and family (child slave labour they reckoned) with the first planting in 1994. The first vines were planted as a hobby. It then took on a life of its own. The family developed the property over time and opened the cellar door to the public in April 2008.
Usually occurs in late February and early March. At harvest the bunches are selectively hand picked with one intent – the best possible quality. Due to our huge bird population, we net the vineyard prior to ripening, so we can happily co-exist with the birds! For bird lovers (including us) the count to date is 82 species.