In June 1997 marine engineer Tom Degen, together with IT project manager wife Jean, took a weekend drive to the Hunter Valley with no particular plan in mind, but as a consequence of that drive, became the owners of an 11ha wild, heavily wooded bush block, dotted with boulders, with no fencing or water. The weekend drive became an every weekend drive to mount their John Deere tractor and slowly but surely clear tonnes of timber, remove the boulders, build a dam and work the soil. In Sept 2001 they planted 1.8ha of shiraz, 1.7ha chardonnay and 1ha semillon, and by '13 opened the cellar door and Vine Stay (accommodating 4 guests).
A family owned enterprise. Thomas and Jean planted the vineyard on September 11, 2001, opening the Cellar Door in September 2013. The DEGEN’s Vineyard, Cellar Door and luxury Vine Stay is a fresh addition to the Hunter’s prized Single Vineyard offerings and provides a personalised approach to cellar door hospitality and vineyard stays on our 54 acre property in Pokolbin, New South Wales. DEGEN is our surname and is German in origin, meaning fencing sabre or sword and is depicted across our branding by an antique block print of a man in lunge position, fencing with his sabre. The lunge position is a “balanced” position, highlighting our philosophy of balance in vineyard management to produce well balanced premium quality grapes for fine wine.
365 Deasys Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
0427 078 737