Cellar Door Pokolbin
Hours: Open Monday to Sunday; 10am - 4.30pm
Travertine Vineyard is a 30 hectare property in the rolling hills around Old North Road in the North of Pokolbin. With 14 hectares planted to vines, we grow Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Chambourcin, Merlot, Tannat, Pinot Noir. The vineyard was planted in 1988 as Pendarves Estate by the well known wine author, Dr Phil Norrie. The undulating hillside site sits on the Belford Dome, a limestone formation that gives wonderful flavour to the wines. Located about six kilometres from the Hunter’s first vineyard, James Busby’s Kirkton, the area has a strong wine history.
Set among the vines are copses of trees and a cascade of ponds down the main valley across the property. The buildings are terra cotta tile roofed with European charm. Recent landscaping of the vineyard has enhanced the extraordinary views to Paterson Tops, Mt Royal and back to Brokenback Range.
Now owned by Graham Burns, Travertine aims to provide several niche wines in the Hunter Valley – Pinot Noir, Chambourcin and Sauvignon Blanc, plus some standard favourites such as Verdelho and Shiraz. The significant planting of new Tannat vines is intended to lead to a Shiraz/Tannat blend that has the subtlety of Hunter Shiraz plus the body of the robust French grape Tannat. The aspects of the hill blocks have been used to optimise growing conditions for each grape type for sun and drainage.
The winemaker is Damien Stevens, and all wines are made at nearby First Creek Wines.
Our cellar door has recently opened where you can come and try a range of our wonderful wines, and talk wine talk 'til your heart's content with our knowledgeable and helpful Cellar Door staff.
The Cellar Door carries through with the European charm of the vineyard overlooking rolling hills and mountains in the distance. Why not come and enjoy tasting a variety of our beautiful wines whilst taking in the picturesque view.