The definitive guide to Australian Wines
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).
Author: James Halliday
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.
DEGEN Wines are 100% Hunter Valley, Single Vineyard wines made traditionally and matured in French and American Oak barriques.We specialise in the Hunter’s highly acclaimed wine styles of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz grown exclusively from our Single Vineyard.Our collection, made from 2004 – 2017 Vintages, some of which have been carefully aged and only released when we feel they are ready to be shared.Traditional winemaking requires great attention to detail in the vineyard, an uncompromising approach to fruit selection and uncomplicated winemaking, all framed by a kind vintage. The sum of these things lies within each bottle of wine we make. One of the smallest commercial vineyards in the Lower Hunter, the DEGEN's produce single vineyard wine in collaboration with leading Hunter Valley winemakers.Utilising our low yield, premium fruit, our awesome talented winemakers bring their expertise to amplify the style and characteristics unique to our 365 Deasys Road vineyard, to produce wines that reflect DEGEN Single Vineyard terroir.
DEGEN VINE STAYLUXURY AT ITS BEST !Whether you are looking for a luxurious country home for your family holiday, large group of friends, wedding destination or a corporate vine stay experience, Degen Estate will delight you and your guests.Located high above the surrounding vineyards with sweeping views across the Brokenback Range, the 54 acre estate of Degen Wines is privately set in the beating heart of the Hunter Valley wine country.Degen Estate features designer interiors throughout the large open-plan house, with five bedrooms as well as two self-contained cottages, each with two bedrooms. The Estate offers 9 spacious bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms comfortably accommodating up to 20 guests.The main house directly overlooks the vineyard of Degen Wines and is set amongst manicured lawns, an established fruit orchard and native trees. Perfect for entertaining, enjoy the wide paved verandahs, BBQ area and travertine pool terrace which leads to the stunning swimming pool. On the western side, the inviting Summer House with its deep lounges and its’ own private deck is perfect for watching the beautiful sunsets. The living room features comfortable leather lounges and is perfect for relaxing with a book or watching your favourite film on the widescreen TV. The fully equipped contemporary galley-style kitchen has European appliances, stone benchtops and everything you would need to cater for your large group. The huge custom-made dining table dominates the room and brings everyone together making every meal a special occasion.The accompanying self-contained cottages each have two bedrooms and feature luxury bedding, a modern bathroom, kitchen and open living space spilling out to an open verandah with BBQ and private views of the vineyards.You will only be moments to surrounding vineyards and concert venues such as Bimbadgen, Roche and Hope Estates, The Vintage Golf Resort and within five minutes of the Hunter Valley Gardens and The Hunter Expressway.Your first wine tasting of course is just a short walk away at the charming cellar door of Degen Wines.For bookings please contact Hunter Valley Stays : Tel: 0477 010 010www.huntervalleystays.com.au
Winery is new to this years Wine Companion.
This winery has a cellar door.
This winery has a restaurant.
This winery has accomodation.
This winery hosts musical events.
Excellent winery able to produce wines of high to very high quality, knocking on the door of a 5-star rating. Will normally have one wine rated at 95 points or above, and two (or more) at 90 and above, others 87-89.
Become a member
Your enquiry has been sent to DEGEN WINES PTY LIMITED.
Alongside James Halliday is a dedicated team of tasters who review the wines in the Halliday Wine Companion guide.
Meet the team
Start planning your next winery tour with our new winery section and new look winery pages
Whether you're after the most recent tasting notes, or you just want to browse through those from previous months, you'll find it all here in our tasting note archive.
Discover James' latest thoughts, opinions, news and photos on the Wine Companion blog.
Visit the blog
Get started with our Virtual Cellar and you'll be able to manage your own collection, add tasting notes and set drink now alerts.
Copyright 2017 WineCompanion.com.au
Become a member and get access to more than 100,000 tasting notes
Sign up now
For the full winecompanion.com.au experience, please update your web browser. to something less antiquated
Wines considered to offer special value for money.