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Thirsty Palette Art & Wine Studio

Attractions Pokolbin/Rothbury



We are a family owned boutique vineyard and art studio. Our wine is made from grapes from the vineyard which are handpicked and made into wine by highly skilled winemakers. Thirsty Palette is co-owned by the resident artist that runs workshops. Located on a ridge the rustic relaxed cellar door and art studio have spectacular views. You will be greeted by the owners who also run the cellar door and conduct the art classes.

Our Cellar Door is open for tastings on the weekend ONLY - contact Andrew for all bookings and wine tasting enquiries on 0400 356 867.

Our art studio is open daily - Bookings MUST be made in advance by contacting Jacquie on 0417 009 912.


Paint A Masterpiece classes are conducted throughout the week where you will be taken on an educational journey from blank canvas to a finished painting. Sip with us throughout and taste the different wines produced from our grapes and indulge the senses with great music and spectacular views.  Group bookings for events or occasions such as birthdays, hens parties, catch ups with friends, team building, etc. are available on request.

Do you remember how much FUN it was to PAINT when you were a kid? Well it is fun, even as an adult, especially with unlimited WINE to loosen you up!  Find out more about all of our experiences below:


Choose your own subject matter and learn how to paint your own artwork and not just copy. Classes are customised based on your level of artistic ability and interest.

  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Cost: $100pp for 6 or more people; $120pp for 5 people; $150pp for 4 or less people.
  • Includes: Unlimited wine from our Cellar Door, take home artwork, access to the art studio, learning from the expert and vineyard meandering with educational aspect.


Customised intense training in painting techniques, including the Max Meldrum technique in oil painting, is taught to small groups upon request.  Learn from the professionally trained artist and owner as you are guided and educated through the MMM method (Australian Impressionist technique - Clarise Beckett; Hugh Ramsey & John Singer-Sargent).

Map & Directions

247 Wilderness Rd, Rothbury NSW 2320


Travel north on Wine Country Drive from the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, turn right on to Wilderness Road.  Approximately 1km on the right, just after the white wooden bridge at the top of the hill.


Phone: 0417 009 912
Mobile: 0417 009 912