It’s all about family – John Wallace Wines
Hunter local Richard Done is the well-respected winemaker for Bimbadgen Estate and has previously worked at Hunters Dream, Thomas Wines and at Scarborough Wines. Now, Richard and his partner Beth have launched their own wine brand, John Wallace, and opened a cellar door on Palmers Lane in Pokolbin.
John Wallace are Richard’s middle names which he inherited from his grandfathers, signalling that this wine brand is all about embracing family with wines named after his grandmothers, parents and even their adored family Labrador Tilly.
The two-storey cellar door has a bright, fresh feel, with ocean textures and tones inspired by Richard’s love of surfing. The couple wants to make sure that guests feel blissfully relaxed as they taste their way through the John Wallace range of wines.
Richard’s intention is to craft serious wines that are technically well made, but delicious and easy to drink.
The Sketch range of wines are great value, with interesting blends well suited for early drinking, including the delightful Tilba Rosé made from Sangiovese and Pinot Gris, the aromatic Maggie White, a Vermentino and Semillon blend and the infinitely drinkable Juju, a nouveau-style Shiraz. In addition, there are two reserve wines, the Sisters Chardonnay and B.P.D. Shiraz where the attention to detail and quality is evident.
Don’t miss trying the cheeky Sparkling Rosé which is made from 100% Sangiovese. It is perfect for sipping with friends.
The $10 tasting fee includes a cheese plate and there is plenty of space outside, around the firepit or overlooking the vines, to picnic and relax with a glass or a bottle of their wine.
John Wallace Cellar Door is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.
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