A Wine Destination to Call Home
A boutique vineyard, award-winning wines, 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 in 1996 and named after William Kelman, one of the founding fathers of Australian wine and one of the earliest vignerons in the Hunter Valley, Kelman Estate consists of approximately 100 acres nestled in a quiet corner of Pokolbin near Mount View.
At the heart of the estate is the flourishing vineyard, which was planted in the rich, fertile soil of the property in 1997 and now covers 23 acres.
Kelman has won hundreds of awards and medals over the years and is highly regarded by wine reviewers and judges alike with a range of exceptional wines that include Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Semillon blends, Chardonnay Semillon, Tempranillo blends, Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay, Rosé, Moscato and Liqueur Muscat. Their wines are made in limited quantities, depending on the availability of good quality fruit from that vintage.
What is unique about Kelman’s vineyard and the wines it produces is the way it has been integrated into the broader community that also calls the estate home, with the vines purposely planted to meander between the estate’s privately-owned properties in a way that is no longer possible to replicate anywhere else in Australia.
While residents own their land and their house, the community owns the vines and the fruit of the vines. And although residents are invited to simply enjoy living within the tranquil surroundings, many also choose to become more involved in the community and the operation of the vineyard.
As you would expect from any quality winery, the estate boasts a beautiful cellar door set in a converted homestead, which is currently open Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and offers tastings and sales of all its premium wines.
The cellar door also houses an extensive collection of historical artefacts and documents of wine pioneers, William Kelman (1800 -1863) and James Busby (1800 – 1871), which are on show in the Barrel Room, highlighting the history and influence both men had on the development of the wider Hunter wine region.
To find out more about Kelman or purchase its wines or produce via the estate’s online store, visit www.kelmanvineyard.com.au