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Flourishing Vineyard Estate a True Gem!

A boutique winery, five-star accommodation provider and unique residential community, Kelman Estate is the perfect place to visit for a day, linger for a weekend or stay for a lifetime. Established almost 20 years ago, Kelman Vineyard consists of around 100 acres nestled in a quiet corner of Pokolbin near Mount View.

At the heart of the estate is the flourishing vineyard, which now covers 23 acres, growing classic Hunter varietals of Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay, plus Tempranillo and Muscat.

This year has seen recognition by James Halliday with a 4 ½ star rating for the winery and an impressive swag of show medals. These have included a Gold Medal and Trophy for the Reserve Shiraz, which was awarded Best Red in Class 11 – 2017 vintage Shiraz at the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show.

This is a powerful Hunter Shiraz - a wine that needs time in the glass to show its multifaceted structure and depth of flavours. Blackberries, cherries, plums and wonderful tannin and acid structure will provide many years of drinking pleasure from this wine for those with patience.

elman’s Semillon is an explosion of citrus fruits – lemon and lime – with white flowers on the bouquet. Citrus flavours dominate the palate with an excellent line of acid giving additional length to this classic Hunter white. A match made in heaven for oysters and other seafood! This wine won a Bronze Medal at the Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Show.

The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, which won a Bronze Medal at the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show and also at the James Halliday Australian Chardonnay Challenge (rated #4 out of 32 Hunter Valley entries) and was awarded 90 points by Halliday, is a bright lemon colour with a hint of green.

Handpicked and matured for eight months in quality French oak, it shows stone fruits and melon on the palate with fine flinty matchstick aromas. This wine has wonderful length and a textured mouthfeel.

A silver medal-winning Sparkling Chardonnay in the Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionelle style and a stunning Tempranillo are continuing the estate’s rich tradition of producing award-winning wines.

Kelman is also a unique community. The charming interaction of residential and farming is unique in Australia. The owners of these houses and cottages form a close community that own the wine operation and the infrastructure that makes up Kelman Vineyard. The wine operation is run by community members who bring skills and experience from a variety of business and professional backgrounds.

The Cellar Door is open seven days a week. To find out more about Kelman or to purchase its wines online or join the Wine Club, visit


Kelman Vineyard is a destination like no other.

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