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Incredible Transformation of Award-Winning Winery | Winmark Estate

Incredible Transformation of Award-Winning Winery - Winmark Estate

One of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, the woman who brought PANDORA Jewellery to Australia, has transformed one of the Hunter Valley’s iconic and historic vineyards into one of Australia’s more unique wine tourism destinations.


And now, Karin Adcock’s efforts have been recognised by one of the industry’s most respected critics, James Halliday, when her prized winery was shortlisted for Best New Winery in the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion. Winmark Estate’s foray into the industry’s renowned Halliday “bible” came with a 5-star rating, which is rare for a winery's first listing. All four wines produced by this Chardonnay-only maker were rated in the 90s, including two outstanding 95 & 96-point scores. Winmark Wines & Art Gallery was also recently named 2023 Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry and Legends Awards. Winmark shone above all other 18 finalists to be presented the award sponsored by Wine Selectors, which is determined by the results of a rigorous third-party secret-shopper style

reviewing process.

Danish-born Karin has created a wine lover’s haven in the spectacular Broke Fordwich subregion of the Hunter Valley. Winmark Estate offers a place where everyone can gather, from wine enthusiasts to art and nature lovers. This recognition confirms that the transformation of this 50-year-old vineyard, formerly known as Poole’s Rock is nothing short

of incredible.

Having taken several years to build up vine quality, the range now consists of four incredible Chardonnays, all 100% grown on the property and made by winemaker Xanthe Hatcher under the watchful eye of international winemaker John Belsham. The wines now adorn the wine lists of many great Sydney restaurants, and as distribution continues to grow, so will the enjoyment of Chardonnay lovers worldwide.

“Winning Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year has raised the bar for Winmark and puts us in amongst the top echelon of wine producers in Australia,” says Karin.

“It’s such a joy to be recognised in such amazing company. We are so humbled by this recognition. It’s a tough award to win with the secret shopper appraisal style, so we are beyond excited!” Open to visitors seven days a week, Winmark Estate offers a complete day out with an art gallery, gift store, immersive sculpture garden and walking tour, coffee cart and luxury accommodation for up to 34 guests across the guesthouses.



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