Lake's Folly

New South Wales | Hunter Valley

Our Review

The first of the weekend wineries to produce wines for commercial sale, long revered for its Cabernet Sauvignon and nowadays its Chardonnay. Just as they should, terroir and climate produce a distinct wine style. Lake’s Folly no longer has any connection with the Lake family, having been acquired some years ago by Perth businessman Peter Fogarty. Peter’s family company previously established the Millbrook Winery in the Perth Hills and has since acquired Deep Woods Estate and Evans & Tate in Margaret River, Smithbrook Wines in Pemberton and Dalwhinnie in the Pyrenees, so is no stranger to the joys and agonies of running a small winery. Peter has been an exemplary owner of all the brands, providing support where needed but otherwise not interfering.


Australia's first boutique winery, Lake's Folly, was established by Doctor Max Lake in 1963.

Lake's Folly's two flagship wines - a Cabernets blend and a Chardonnay - are available in limited quantities, and both are grown, vintaged and made on the Estate.


Winemaker Rodney Kempe
Established 1963
Dozens 4500
Vineyards (area) 13 ha
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours 7 days 10-4 while wine available
Address 2416 Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Telephone (02) 4998 7507