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In the week of the 7th to 11th of November 2018 over a dozen Pokolbin Vineyards in the Around Hermitage area are coming together to release a range of their Premium wines in unison. Featured during this inaugural week will be;

  • Brand new award winning 2017 and 2018 Whites, Sparkling wines, Rosés and Reds

  • Aged single vineyard reds including pinnacle wines from the famous 2014 vintage.

  • Premium 1st release lunches and dinners

So just who will be releasing what? Here’s a sneak peek of just a few of the 24 wines from 12 wineries to be released during First Release Week.

Start planning your tasting-itinerary now!

This unique part of Pokolbin includes soils from some of the most famous Semillon vineyards along the Rothbury Creek and Jump Up creeks and their tributaries.

On tasting will be the Braemore Thomas Semillon, the Tintilla Angus Semillon both from Rothbury Creek soils, the Misty Glen Semillon from Mary Anne's Creek and Theleme Black Farm Semillon from Black Creek.

Ridgeview in Sweetwater is releasing its Pinot Gris, and there are Chardonnay’s on hand to try as well!

The influence of the Belford Dome of Limestone has enabled some outstanding Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet wines to be produced Around Hermitage. Degan Estate is releasing its award-winning 2017 Shiraz and Hunters Dream its Cabernet. Macquariedale vineyard has a unique “Nothing but Grape” organic 2018 Shiraz to release and Andrew Thomas is releasing his Sweetwater Shiraz. A treat for visitors - Tintilla Estate will it’s 2017 James Cabernet Merlot available.

Wombat Crossing and Tintilla Estate are both releasing trophy winning Shiraz from the famous 2014 vintage-wines exhibiting outstanding flavours and ageing characteristics.

Two of the oldest growers of Sangiovese in the Hunter, Tintilla and Belebula, with vines now around 25 years old will be releasing their wines-Tintilla Saphira Sangiovese 2017 and the Pokolbin Estate 2017 Sangiovese.

In the run-up to the Around Hermitage First Release Wine Week, some interviews and short videos with the men and women involved with the dozen vineyards found in this beautiful part of Pokolbin who are taking part in this event have been created.

Some great stories and loads of personal effort lie behind these blocks of vines in what is Australia’s oldest wine region.

Find out more at or get along to First Release Week and be the first to taste an exclusive range of premium wines from some of the greatest vintages of the century.

WHAT: FIRST RELEASE WINE WEEK WHEN: Wednesday, 7 November 2018 until Sunday, 11 November 2018 TIME: 10AM - 6PM Daily LOCATION: Around Hermitage, Hermitage Road, Pokolbin

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