The 28 acres of vines have been carefully nurtured back to full health after a five-year period of neglect. Two talented professionals, 2017 Viticulturist of the Year Liz Riley, and Vineyard Manager Dave Grosser have made this their professional mission.
About 10 acres of verdelho in poor health was replaced by a new chardonnay clone from Burgundy in September 2017. Its first vintage was produced in January 2019 with Rusty’s Run and the Single Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay.
Money and energy were not spared to refurbish, revitalise and – where necessary remove and replace other blocks. Roses now bookend each row in a nod to tradition. Roses were once known as “the canary of the coalmine” as they acted as an early-warning system for fungus. They also attracted insects such as aphids away from the vines and were said to encourage draft horses to turn properly because of their punishing thorns.
Winmark Wines, formerly Pooles Rock, in picturesque Broke, located in the Hunter Valley, has recently been completely renovated and refurbished. The estate comprises 130 acres with 28 acres under premium chardonnay vines.
Our guests enjoy this unique winery accommodation, that features the monumental sculpture, ‘Biosis’, by renowned sculptor David Ball, a stunning perennial and rose garden by leading landscape designer Paul Bangay (OAM), a sandstone fire pit by the dam, two private tennis courts and pools, and is home to the legendary rock ‘Pooles Rock’, named after the convict Richard Poole, who slept in the rock’s hollow.
Renowned landscape architect Paul Bangay utilised wisteria and lavender to redesign the front entrance. The Danish and Australian flags welcome guests and celebrate the beautiful balance of the touch of Karin’s Danish nationality in her new Australian home, seen in the collections of her artworks and artefacts, and her love of beautiful spaces.
Winmark Private Residence is at the heart of this impressive estate. Karin has placed artefacts, antiques and artwork from her travels around the world throughout this elegant home.
The former Rock Cottage has been lovingly restored and, perched above Pooles Rock, enjoys some of the most tranquil vistas at Winmark. With front row seats to the frequent visits from native kangaroos on the full length verandah, this spacious and beautifully refurbished retreat is perfect for a carefree weekend away with friends or family.
The property has three dams, and this stunning fire pit entertaining area on the banks of the main dam has been created so guests can enjoy the spectacular sunsets in style.