The Oakvale Team loves nothing better than great wine and delicious food! Here's a few of our favourite restaurants!!!!
Hunters Quarter - excellent food and service, great atmosphere.
576 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin; Phone: (02) 4998 7776
Botanica – great atmosphere, lovely staff and fantastic food.
555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin; Phone: (02) 6574 7229
Bistro Molines – Robbie Molines is the Godfather of Hunter Chefs. You’ll also experience beautiful views at this iconic restaurant.
749 Mt View Road Mount View; Phone: (02) 4990 9553
Restaurant 221 – fine dining without the price tag and the owner John Harvey is a huge supporter of local wineries.
221 Vincent Street, Cessnock; Phone: (02) 4991 3700
Pop Up – casual dining, fun, relaxed and great music on weekends!
266 Debeyers Road, Pokolbin: Phone: 0413 949 252
EXP – it’s the place to “experience” your dishes. Don’t forget to stop by our Cellar Door and sample some Oakvale Wines and grab some wine to take home!
1596 Broke Road, Pokolbin: Phone: (02) 4998 7264
We believe that the finest things in life are those that allow Mother Nature’s beauty to shine bright - it’s this philosophy of minimal intervention that inspires the winemaking craft of Oakvale Wines.
Our practices respect the sustainable way of life, from growing grapes that are nurtured in the vineyard, to making wine that truly reflects the region and the natural elements from which it came.
This inspiration takes us on an annual journey from the vineyard to the bottle. Every year presents a new set of challenges and hard work, allowing us to be creative & handcraft with passion.
We are lucky to experience this every year during vintage.
The Oakvale Event Trilogy was created to take you, our Members, on this annual journey making our Purpura Pedes wines and becoming an integral part of the story.
It’s an opportunity for you to be part of the winemaking process from initiation to completion. Shapeshifting you from your everyday life to that of a Winemaker three times a year with a half day in the vineyard & winery hand picking, sorting, stomping & crushing in February; returning in October to assist with the blending process; culminating in June the following year, picking your favourite bottle number, signing the labels, signifying your input, releasing the wines & celebrating success over a grand dinner.
A Winemaker and his team’s lifestyle would not be complete without “quality control”, continually sampling wines paired with fabulous food, like-minded company & good cheer!
We ensure there is plenty of opportunity for this whilst creating the very limited Purpura Pedes wines...
Come, join us and be a part of the Purpura Pedes story and be a part of the Oakvale Family.
Our members came along to celebrate our 2016 Blending Party on 5th November.
They spent the day with James our winemaker and Travis our viticulturist as they went through the art of blending wine and the science behind grape growing.
After the morning in the vineyard with Travis everyone moved into the winery to begin blending...
James guide our Members through the art of blending.....
Lots of fun was had by all....
The day was full of indulgence!
A picnic hamper lunch on the lawn while we enjoyed the enchanting tunes of Anna Weatherup from The Voice.
Generous Picnic hampers by Mojo's....
Yummy wine with The Oakvale Team....
Lots of chill-laxing!!!!
The Oakvale Event Trilogy was created to take our Members, on this annual journey making our Purpura Pedes wines, becoming an integral part of the story. We released the very first vintage of the 2015 Purpura Pedes wine on Saturday 4th June 2016.
It’s an opportunity for you to be part of the winemaking process from initiation to completion. Shape shifting you from your everyday life to that of a Winemaker three times a year with a half day in the vineyard & winery picking, sorting, stomping & crushing in February; returning in October to assist with the blending process; culminating in June the following year, signing the labels, signifying your input, releasing the wines & celebrating success over a grand dinner.
An intimate dinner in our Cellar Door with The Oakvale Family
Enjoy a few glasses of wine with James over a scrumptious dinner
We were so excited to have EXP. Restaurant design an 8 course menu to match our 2015 Purpura Pedes Chardonnay & Shiraz.
Our members had the opportunity to select their favourite number bottle and to label their own bottles.
A lovely evening with our favourite Winemaker
Photography by Ali Novis
Oakvale’s Crush Party is the first of our annual event Trilogy.
It is a fun filled afternoon devoted to our members and guests, taking them on the grape’s journey from
vineyard to the bottle
We begin with a briefing & meet the Oakvale Team
We put them out to work in the vineyard...
The shiraz vineyard was perfectly ripe & ready to pick
Evan talked us through what we look for when deciding on ripeness and quality
Some needed a snack along the way....
With so many helpers, it didn’t take long to fill the bins
James talked everyone through grape sorting
Then it was all hands on deck to de-stem & sort...
Some needed evidence of the hard hours worked!!!
The team got sticky with a little pigeage (stomping)
Fabulous food from Restaurant 221 & Oakvale wines were the rewards for our hard labour
With plenty of time to chill...
Chat with the Oakvale Team...
Stomp some more grapes (and catch a selfie or two to boast to our friends)
And relax to tunes from Sarah...
Thanks for coming & helping us with Vintage 2016, The Oakvale Team.
Bud Burst, Flowering, Fruit Set, Veraison…
Those are the four main stages of grape development. While February to April is the busiest time of year in the wine industry there is still plenty to do in the months leading up to harvest time.
The grape starts its cycle in spring with bud burst which usually occurs around the beginning of September. After bud burst, the young shoots are very vulnerable to frost damage so Travis, our vineyard manager, will go to great lengths to protect the vines at this fragile stage.
Next, we have the flowering phase. Flowering will start to occur around November and is a vital time in the grapes’ life. It is at this stage that the pollination and fertilization takes place resulting in the production of a grape! Would you believe it if I told you that wine grapevines (Vitis Vinifera) are hermaphroditic? Well, it’s true. Most Vitis Vinifera vines contain both male and female parts which allow them to self-pollinate without much, if any, help from wind or insects.
After flowering we have fruit set (Exciting times!). Fruit set occurs almost immediately after flowering, but not every flower on the vine gets fertilized. This is when Travis will be able to start to make predictions about the crop yield for this year. We also want little to no rain from this point forward, so cross your fingers and pray to the rain gods for us! We’d love another hot, dry vintage like 2014.
Veraison, ah, veraison… Now we’re talking. This is when the magic happens. Just after fruit set, the berries are green and hard with very little sugar and high acid content. Within six days of the start of veraison, the berries begin to grow dramatically as they accumulate glucose and fructose (sugar) and the acids begin to fall. We also start to see the colour change from green into red/purple or yellow/green depending on the varieties.
We are currently in the veraison stage and everything is looking great. So, now we wait (not so patiently) for the vines to do their thing which will take about 40-50 days. Bring on Vintage 2016!