Eagles Rest Wines
The Eagles Rest Vineyard is nestled high in valleys of the Brokenback Range in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley. Named after the resident Wedge Tailed Eagles. We are a gold medal winning boutique wine & olive oil producer specialising in premium Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, Muscat & Olive Oil with less than 5000 cases produced annually with our first vintage produced in 2007.
The Eagles Rest Vineyard like many other Hunter Valley Vineyards is most likely one of the earliest planted in Australia dating back to the 1800s. It was planted by the Grand Father of Audrey Wilkinson, Frederick. The original name was "Maluna"! Unfortunately the 1930's struck the Hunter winemaking community with a vengeance and Maluna passed to the hands of the Phillips family and a new life of grazing country. Not until Don Maxwell, a Sydney doctor, originally of Maitland stock, bought the property in 1968 did Maluna return to its former glory under vine named "Maxwells Vineyard".
The vineyard blocks are unique in that some lay in their own small valley, have an outstanding diversity of soils along with fantastic moisture availability. The soils, aspect and hydraulic dynamics of this place truly set it apart from its surrounds. According to many old timers, Eagles Rest laying in its valleys and gorges that run from the Brokenback ridge, is one of the last sites in the Hunter Valley to ever suffer a drought.
Our vision has given the opportunity for the vineyard to express its colours, aromas and flavours like never before. In the past, grapes were grown to be sold, meaning higher tonnage was the aim, compromising the quality of the grapes. Our immediate goal was to produce the highest quality fruit possible by pruning for low yield effectively lowering the crop quantity, removing excessive fruit growth along with many other techniques. Eagles Rest Wines are now the byproduct of these high quality/low yield grapes.
The fruit from the Eagles Rest vineyard has always been highly regarded amongst Pokolbin’s winemakers for its quality. Many great award winning and famous wines have the fruit from Eagles Rest Vineyard in their DNA and none more than our very own.
The wines from Eagles Rest display finesse and elegance. They show a positive acid structure which gives the wines brightness and liveliness. The fruit characters are always well defined and distinctive. All wines are made from carefully selected low yield grapes with age ability in mind, and most importantly quality not quantity.
The Cellar Door
Our Cellar Door is located at our Echo Ridge picturesque Vineyard nestled between the scenic fields and striking ranges of the Hunter Valley. Visitors to our cellar door located may taste and purchase a fine range of our premium award winning wines made from hand picked & carefully selected, low yield grapes from our Eagles Rest Vineyard. Our Cellar Door is quite unique, smaller than some and very cosy. It has a European country cottage look and feel, perfectly equipped with a fire place for cold winter days.
Our "Eagles Rest Vineyard" tours take you up to one of the highest elevation points in the Hunter Valley, with views all the way to the Barrington Tops. We are lucky to have a parcel of land known as the "Tree Tops" with trails to take you even higher up to top of the ridge! Breath taking is an under statement. Bookings essential.
Eagles Rest is one of the few vineyards in the Hunter region with Olive Trees. With thousands of trees of various varieties. Eagles Rest Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil is pressed onsite from the best of these fruits. We also supply bulk EVOO to business who either use the oil for their cooking or infused oils. As of 2016 we also harvest and press the olives of many local businesses.