This is part of a vineyard originally planted in the early 1970s by Harry Tulloch for Seppelt Wines; it was later renamed Pokolbin Creek Vineyard, and later still (in '99) the Wilson family purchased the upper (hill) part of the vineyard, and renamed it Ernest Hill. It is now planted to semillon, shiraz, chardonnay, verdelho, traminer, merlot, tempranillo and chambourcin. Exports to the US and China.
Ernest Hill Wines is situated at the gateway to the Hunter Valley's famous Pokolbin District.
The original vineyard of 60 acres (27 hectares) approx.was planted in the early 1970's by Harry Tulloch for Seppelts Wines and was later renamed the Pokolbin Creek Vineyard. The vineyard was subdivided in 1998 and the Wilson Family purchased the hill top part of the vineyard in 1999 and renamed it Ernest Hill Vineyard. The front vineyard is 16 acres (6 hectares) and has four varieties of white grapes - semillon, chardonnay, verdelho and traminer and two red varieties - shiraz and tempranillo. This is supplemented by 8 acres (3.2 hectares) of shiraz, merlot and chardonnay leased from the next door neighbours at the back of Ernest Hill.
We commenced making wine in 2002 under the Ernest Hill label. Two wines were produced, the Cyril Semillon and the Alexander Chardonnay. We added a verdelho, gewurztraminer and shiraz to the range in 2003. In the 2004 vintage we added a late picked semillon. Since then the range has been expanded to include two Merlots a reserve Shiraz, Tempranillo, two Moscato style dessert wines and a late picked Gewurztraminer.
The philosophy at Ernest Hill is to produce PREMIUM estate grown Hunter Valley wines. Our focus is to produce top quality wines and we achieve this by the following methods: the majority of our grapes are hand picked to ensure only the best bunches go into the wine and our blocks are deliberately cropped low to ensure less bunches of better quality fruit. We only pick the blocks each year which meet our demanding quality control standards. If not, the grapes are either dropped on the ground or sold off to larger producers. The best parcels of brand new oak are procured each year for our chardonnays and shiraz and the grapes for our family named wines are gently pressed for superior flavour. All these little steps we take combine to give our wines better varietal character and most importantly superb flavours.
In July 2004 we opened the new cellar door facility and commenced trading 7 days per week. The cellar door comprises an air conditioned general tasting area as well as a VIP Club Members room. A second 'alfresco' tasting area was added in 2007 to accommodate the increasing number of visitors to Ernest Hill.
Our customer wine tasting facilities are situated on a hill in the vineyard with commanding views of the Broken Back Ranges and Lovedale.
We look forward to having you come and visit our Cellar Door and taste our premium wines that are only available at the vineyard.