HUNTER VALLEY LEGENDS
Patrick Auld came to the Hunter Valley in 1973 to work for Brian McGuigan at the Hermitage Winery development. In April 1974, he joined Tulloch Wines as a Laboratory Assistant and, in 1979, was appointed Winemaker.
In 1996, Patrick was appointed to the position of Manager / Senior Winemaker of the Southcorp interests in the Hunter Valley. This included serving fourteen years on the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association (HVVA), with two years as President, during which he oversaw the amalgamation of the HVVA and Wine Hunter Marketing to become the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association.
With the sale of the Tulloch Winery in 2005, Patrick transferred with Southcorp to Great Western, Victoria, for a period before returning to Pokolbin as General Manager Production for Pooles Rock Wines. Patrick then went on to be the Winemaker of Oakvale Wines. Patrick has been a tireless member of the Pokolbin community, involving himself in the now-infamous Pokolbin Ball, and various wine industry organisations, both locally and nationally, but is perhaps most fondly associated with his role as Santa Claus at the Pokolbin District Christmas Party for many years.
Patrick currently holds the position of Director of Operations at the Cumulus Winery located in the Orange region.
Patrick Auld was inducted as a Legend in 2012.