It was 1855 when the first vines were planted in the rich volcanic soil of the steep slopes of Ivanhoe Hill. Stretching across the foothills of the majestic Brokenback Mountain range, the Ivanhoe Estate is a patchwork quilt of vineyards and has become one of the most photographed and talked about vineyards in the Hunter Valley.
Owned and operated by Stephen and Tracy Drayton since 1996, the Ivanhoe Estate continues to produce premium Hunter wines and is renowned for its gutsy reds and great whites. A fifth generation member of the famous winemaking Drayton family, Stephen brought the historic Ivanhoe vineyard to life with his own style and passion.
The genuine and warm Ivanhoe hospitality is evident from the moment you enter the cellar door and is what keeps people coming back to this enchanted vineyard. When you visit the Ivanhoe cellar door you will not only get a winetasting but a complete wine experience. Visitors are welcome to come and learn about the Ivanhoe Estate and the winemaking process as Stephen and Tracy love sharing their passion.
Boasting a wide range of varieties and continuing to produce new releases, Ivanhoe have a wine for every knight. The vineyards are planted with Shiraz and Semillon, which the Hunter is famous for, as well as other exquisite varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Chambourcin and Gewurtztraminer.
As most of the Ivanhoe vines are over fifty years old, they are low yielding but their fruit reveals rich colours, good tannins and intense flavours which are distinctive to the Hunter region. The Ivanhoe Estate invites you to come and sample their wines and experience the exceptional quality for yourself.
Keeping the Ivanhoe Estate abundant with some of the Hunter’s best varietal wines is Stephen and Tracy’s dedication. They take immense pleasure in their work and their love for both people and wines is the driving force behind the organisation. While it takes a great amount of time and effort to run a vineyard, for Stephen and Tracy it means much more than work, it is their life and passion.
The Cellar Door
The estate’s award winning cellar door is a modern day replica of the Ivanhoe Homestead built in the 1800s. Visitors are invited to come and sample the Ivanhoe wines while relaxing on the verandah, overlooking one of the most beautiful sights of the Hunter as the sun sets over the Brokenback Range.
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to enjoy fine wine, good company and the splendor that the Ivanhoe Estate has to offer?
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