Chateau Francois

New South Wales | Hunter Valley

James' Review

I have known former NSW Director of Fisheries Dr Don Francois for almost as long as I have been involved with wine, which is a very long time indeed. I remember his early fermentations of sundry substances other than grapes (none of which, I hasten to add, was the least bit illegal) in the copper bowl of an antiquated washing machine in his suburban laundry. He established Chateau Francois one year before Brokenwood, and our winemaking and fishing paths have crossed many times since. Some years ago Don suffered a mild stroke, and no longer speaks or writes with any fluency, but this has not stopped him from producing a range of absolutely beautiful Semillons that flourish marvellously with age. I should add that he is even prouder of the distinguished career of his daughter, Rachel Francois, at the NSW bar. The semillon vines are now 49 years old, producing exceptional wine that is sold for the proverbial song year after year. Five-star value. Owing to a serious illness, Don Francois has ceased production, but has substantial amounts of his 2014, '15 and '16 Semillons available. I cannot help but emphasise just how good these wines are given their price. Unfortunately wines were not received for the 2020 Wine Companion, the winery rating has been retained.


Winemaker Don Francois
Established 1969
Dozens 200
Vineyards (area) N/A
Opening Hours Not
Address 1744 Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2321
Telephone (02) 4998 7548
Website N/A