We were literally passing through the Hunter Valley so didn't have time to do several wineries on this (our first) visit. We chose Audrey Wilkinson as we liked the sound of the... read more
The Wilkinson's were true pioneers of the Australian winemaking industry....
The Wilkinson's 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 which were 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.