It has been a lonely three years for Australia’s oldest winery, Dalwood Estate.
Formerly known as Wyndham Estate, it shut down in 2014 when owner Pernod Ricard restructured his winemaking business for “commercial reasons”.
A strong Australian dollar was making life difficult for winemakers across the country.
But times have changed and Dalwood Estate – its original 1828 establishment name – is enjoying a resurgence. Iris Capital purchased the property in 2016, making it the third winery in a Hunter portfolio which includes Hungerford Hill Wines and Sweetwater Wines.
A rigorous 12-month renewal program has given the 260-acre property a new lease on life. Dalwood Estate now boasts a restored heritage-listed sandstone building, manicured lawns, a function centre, cellar door, restaurant, walking trails and public barbecue areas on the banks of the Hunter River.