Connections for body and soul

Visiting the sculpture park at Winmark Wines in the Broke Fordwich region ofthe Hunter is an experience not to be rushed.

You will marvel at stunning pieces like Biosis and Celest, both by world renowned sculptor David Ball. Like the vineyard’s iconic Pooles Rock, they are as striking from a distance as they are up close and impossible to miss.

But take your time as you are exploring the extensive property. Otherwise, chances are you might walk past some of the smaller installations that have been placed with such creative care and consideration, they blend naturally with the landscape, playing with and expanding upon the stories nature has to tell.

“Art is about creating emotional connections,” Winmark’s owner Karin Adcock said. “I’ve simply selected pieces that I love and that speak to me.” With her passion for the arts and a keen eye for exquisite pieces, she has created a sculpture park like no other in the Hunter Valley. Sculptor David Ball has been so impressed by her collection, he has recently offered to co-curate future acquisitions.

A Field of Aggies is a series of steel Agapanthus sculptures, representing the plant’s mauve and white blooms that are visible all year round. It’s a sculpture created by farmer Jim Hamilton during the intense drought in regional NSW. At Winmark, the Aggies have been placed next to a quaint benchseat in the shade of a giant willow tree. It’s a perfect place to linger, to “just be” and let the world get on with its busyness.

Austrian born ceramic sculptor Katrina Wells is drawn to organic, sculptural forms and is inspired by the beauty of nature. Her Teardrops from Heaven are overlooking the property’s tennis court like spectators fascinated by a close match of equally talented players.

Inspiration abounds

Ed Hayes’ Bronze Flower references the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, yet it has found a new home in another corner of paradise. Colourful terracotta Ceramic Lollipops have been placed next to the recently opened cellar door, creating a wonderful visual connection to the red roses Karin has planted along the rows upon rows of vibrant Chardonnay vines.

The cellar door is the perfect place to rest and have a sip (or two) of one of Karin’s Chardonnays before heading over to the newly opened art gallery that features works by Rebecca Pierce, Felicia Aroney, James Ainslie and others.

With a strong 2021 vintage and more splendid pieces of art to arrive, Winmark will continue to nourish body and soul for years to come.

Winmark Wines, 229 Wollombi Road, Broke Cellar door open daily.