The history of the Winmark Wines is richly layered in stories and entwined with personal connections.
The vineyard was established in 1988 by the late founder of Macquarie Bank, David Clarke. David named the vineyard after the iconic large rock on the property, Pooles Rock. Local rogue and former convict Richard Poole was known to sleep in the hollow of the rock he eventually bequeathed his name to.
Pooles Rock vineyard quickly became famous for its award-winning chardonnays until it was sold in 2011. The vines languished, neglected, for the next five years until Karin Adcock rediscovered the property and purchased it in 2016 and re-established the vineyard. The 130acre property has been fully renovated with an artful eye, transforming it into one of the area’s premier destinations that consistently holds top guest rankings across the Hunter Valley. Each of the guesthouses showcases their own unique character and hold furnishings and artworks sourced from around the globe, and all make the most of the breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.