Drayton's Family Wines
Opening Hours: Open 7 days, 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun
Drayon's Family Wines is proud to be one of the oldest, 100% family-owned producers of quality wines. It has been over one hundred and sixty years since the first Drayton trod on rich Hunter Valley soil. Today, this combination of winemaking expertise, vines that are over 100 years old, modern winemaking techniques and equipment, allow the Drayton Family to proudly produce wines of outstanding quality and standing.
Drayton's Family Wines provides something for eveyone under the labels of Oakey Creek, New Generation, Hunter Valley, Vineyard Reserve and Heritage Vines. Drayton's are also prominent producers of premium ports and fortified wines, with one of the largest ranges of fortifieds in Hunter Valley Wine Country.
Joseph Drayton first arrived in the Hunter Valley from Lincolnshire, England, in 1853. By the end of that decade the first Drayton's Wines were being produced. Joseph's son, William, continued ths new family tradition and, along with four of his sons, was driven by pride and determination.
They were followed by fourth generation members, Bill, Reg, Max, Ron and Jock who began the process of mixing the classic winemaking techniques of the 1860's with the benefits of modern technologies. In early 1989, Max Drayton and three of his four sons, John, Trevor and Greg, purchased the company from other family members.
Today, Max still works in the vineyards and it was in 1997 that he celebrated 50 years with the Australian winemaking industry. Max is recognised as the quiet achiever by those within the industry, always a source for information and advice. His achievements and contribution to the wine industry were recognised in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours' List when Max was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
John, Max’s eldest son, initially decided on a career in teaching and spent thirteen years teaching around the state before joing the family business in 1989. John's practicality and reasoning have been utilised with him falling into the finance, administration, production and sales areas of the business.
Trevor Drayton never had any doubt that he would carry on the family tradition of winemaking; he always wanted to be a winemaker. In 1973 Trevor left home to attend Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia to start a five-year course on Oenology.
Tragically on the 17th of January 2008 Trevor lost his life following an explosion and fire in the family winery. He is, and will continue to be, sadly missed by all who knew him. Trevor was 52 years old and leaves behind a legacy that will be built on by those who still remain.
Max’s third son, Greg, attended Tocal Agricultural College to study for two years. Greg returned to work for the family business under the guidance of his father, and today is responsible for the management of Drayton’s vineyards.
The Drayton’s are proud to be one of only two wineries established in the Hunter Valley still maintaining the unbroken line of family and winemakers now proudly celebrate over 160 years of fine wine making tradition carried forward by five generations.