First Creek Wines

Hunter Valley

Star Rating:

600 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Hunter Valley NSW 2320
(02) 4998 7293
(02) 4998 7294
Opening Hours
7 days 10-5
Liz and Greg Silkman
35 000
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James' Review

First Creek Wines is the brand of First Creek Winemaking Services, a major contract winemaker. Liz Silkman (nee Jackson) had an exceptional year in 2011: she was a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year awards, winner of the Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year, and won Best Red Wine of Show at the NSW Wine Awards for the Winemakers Reserve Shiraz 2010. Exports to the UK, Sweden and China.

Author: James Halliday

About this winery

First Creek is a working winery in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, offering a multi-faceted visitor experience:

- View the inner sanctum of the winery through the picture window at First Creek’s mezzanine tasting room,
- Start your day at First Creek at 10:30am and join our daily winery and bottling line tour to get closer to the action and learn how a wine is made, from bunch to bottle ($5pp)
- Taste a diverse selection of classic and emerging varieties, with something suitable for everyone’s price, palate and preference.
- First Creek will arm you with the knowledge and expertise to get the most out of your Hunter Valley experience.

The First Creek range of wines is carefully crafted to showcase the company’s winemaking expertise, with a string of major show successes and accolades over the past years bearing testament to the skill and passion of its winemaking team, led by Liz Jackson. In recent years, Liz Jackson was; crowned the Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards, a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller WINE, Winemaker of the Year Awards and named as one of the top ten people to watch in SMH Sydney Magazine.

Recent wine successes have included trophies for Best Chardonnay at the 2012 Hunter Valley Wine Show and Best Red Wine at the 2011 NSW Wine Awards. Additionally First Creek have been rated a 5 star winery in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion for four successive years, 2011 I 2012 I 2013 I 2014.

First Creek Wines really is a winery not to be missed.



Cellar Door

Sun: 9:30pm till 4:00pm
Mon: 9:30am till 5:00pm
Tue: 9:30am till 5:00pm
Wed: 9:30am till 5:00pm
Thu: 9:30am till 5:00pm
Fri: 9:30am till 5:00pm
Sat: 9:30am till 5:00pm

Daily Winery and Bottling Line Tours - 10.30am.

Just $5 per person, including a $5 voucher redeemable in the Cellar Door.

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Distribution Information

Zenith Wine Agencies
100 104 Reynolds Street, Balmain, NSW 2041, Australia

Telephone 1300 883 056
Facsimile 02 9352 3261

International Sales Information

Not Available

Information Provided By: First Creek Wines
  • Event name:
    Eat, Drink, Run
    25 Oct 2014 to 26 Oct 2014
    10:00:AM to 16:00:PM
    A progressive lunch for serious foodies and wine lovers! Travel by bus between four of the Hunter’s leading venues, sampling fabulous Hunter Wines paired with tasty morsels prepared by renowned local chef Matt Dillow. Your adventure includes: 1. A tour of First Creek Wines’ working winery, where you will enjoy a trio of oysters paired with fine Hunter Semillon. 2.Next stop, The Deck Café and a selection of canapés with matching Gartelmann Wines. 3. Then, The Verandah Restaurant, for a seriously good tasting plate with wines from First Creek. 4. Relax at the lovely Twine, with spectacular views of the Oakey Creek Valley and a selection of delectable desserts. 5. All good things must come to an end…..with the bus returning to First Creek Wines to complete your Eat, Drink, Run adventure. Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th of October, 10am – 4pm $110pp, including food, matching wines and transport between venues. Payment required upon booking please. For bookings, please call First Creek on 02 4998 7293, or email
  • Event name:
    First Creek Wine Dinner at Merewether Surfhouse
    28 Aug 2014 to 28 Aug 2014
    18:30:PM to 23:00:PM
    Attention Hunter Valley First Creek fans: we will be hosting a wine dinner at the gorgeous Merewether Surfhouse on Thursday the 28th of August. Tickets are $80pp for four courses and wine. If you are keen to join us for great food, wine and that incredible view over Merewether beach, call Kate on 02 4998 7293 to book now!
  • Event name:
    First Creek Winemaker's Table
    17 Jan 2015 to 08 Feb 2015
    11:00:AM to 16:00:PM
    First Creek Winemaker and Managing Director Greg Silkman, has set aside four weekends during January and February for a behind the scenes look at Vintage 2015 – something never offered before! Greg will lead you on a guided tour of Vintage 2014, and explain the processes involved in getting the wine from vine into bottle. Start at the crusher where the aromas of freshly crushed grapes fill the air, see the fruit as it is processed and learn about the fermentation choices for differing wine styles. Taste fermenting wines direct from the tank and merely days old, before moving on to the bottling line, where ‘hands on’ winemaking now enters the highly mechanised process of bottling. Then, join Greg on the Winemaker’s Table and enjoy a selection of First Creek’s best wines expertly matched with some seriously good food from The Verandah Restaurant. A great opportunity to be a part of Vintage 2014 at First Creek Wines. When: Saturdays and Sundays from the 17th of January and through the 8th of February, 2015. Cost: $120 per person Bookings 24 hours in advance are essential as numbers are limited each day. Please call 02 4998 2992 for bookings.
  • Event name:
    Past to Present: Wine & Degustation
    23 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
    18:30:PM to 23:00:PM
    Enjoy a five course food experience by Executive Chef Dan Capper at The Springs Golf Club's feted Sitting Duck Restaurant. Wine education by Greg Silkman of First Creek Wines. Join us on this journey of decadence. $190 pp, bookings essential. For further info, contact The Springs Golf Club, Peats Ridge, on 02 4373 1522. Buy Tickets from Sticky Tickets:
  • Event name:
    Winemakers Table Dinners
    15 Jan 2016 to 27 Feb 2016
    18:00:PM to 22:00:PM
    Throughout the Hunter Valley vintage period, First Creek Wines will host a series of dinners to celebrate the harvest, and bring you the latest news from both the vineyard and the winery. These dinners will be held in the Cellar Door overlooking the winery and are limited strictly to an intimate 20 people at each dinner. A leading local chef will prepare a four course dinner, and of course the First Creek wines will be plentiful! This is a great opportunity to bring a group of friends, and have your own private dinner party (minimum booking of 16 for a 'buy out' private dinner). Four course dinner with First Creek Wines - $130.00 per person. January - 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th February - 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th. Book now on 02 4998 7293 or email
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