Iron Gate Vineyards

(02) 4998 6570 Oakey Creek Road
Pokolbin, 2320
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Hunter Valley Wines Pty Ltd purchased the land as a paddock in 1996. We planted Semillon, Verdelho and Shiraz vines the same year. Chardonnay vines were planted a year later, and more Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon the year after that. Our land is 40 acres with 25 acres under vine. We crop at around four tonnes to the acre, which means we crush around 100 tonnes each year from which we produce between 5-6,000 cases (60,000 to 70,000 bottles). There are around 1,000 vines to the acre which means that each vine produces on average 4 kilos of grapes to make 3 bottles of wine. The first vintage was in the year 2000 while the cellar door and tasting area were under construction. The cellar door opened in September 2001. The roof tiles were imported from Spain, and the floor tiles in the cellar door are also Spanish. The tiles below the bar and on the seat in the courtyard are hand painted by John Cliff of Newcastle University. The gates from which the Estate bears its name are handmade by Paul Simpson in Queensland Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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