Iron Gate Estate was founded by Roger Lilliott when he purchased the land, on which Iron Gate Estate now stands, as a paddock in 1996. He planted Semillon, Verdelho and Shiraz vines the same year. Chardonnay vines were planted a year later, and more Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon the year after that.
The first vintage was in 2000 while the Tuscan-inspired cellar door and tasting area were under construction. The impressive cellar door opened in September, 2001, with imported terracotta roof and floor tiles from Spain, hand-painted tiles in the courtyard and bar by John Cliff of Newcastle University and a pair of magnificent gates, from which the Estate bears its name, made by world renowned blacksmith, Paul Simpson, from Queensland.
In 2017, Roger handed over the reins of his family business to another family-owned business, Kuokai Investment Company. Well-respected winemaker, Geoff Broadfield, came on board as a consultant for the 2018 vintage and, in 2019, accepted the position of Iron Gate Estate’s full-time winemaker.
“Our aim is to build on the bedrock of what Roger has created,” says Gavin Kuo, General Manager of Iron Gate Estate. “We will respect his legacy and build on the quality and consistency of the wines and fruit from the vineyard. Every winemaker puts their own stamp on the wines produced and Geoff’s understanding of the Hunter Valley and its styles has proven to be a winner with our customers and club members.”
The service and friendliness of our staff and beautiful tasting room has not changed and we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
Iron Gate Estate produces wines from its own 25 acre (10 Ha) vineyard as well as purchasing selected fruit from other premium grape-growing areas of NSW.
Our vines produce the white varieties of Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho that the Hunter is known for, as well as Shiraz, Cabernet and the newly grafted Tempranillo.
The Classic range is comprised of wines made from grapes exclusively grown on our estate, while the Primera range reflects the best examples of the varieties made, whether the fruit is sourced from the Hunter Valley or elsewhere.
Iron Gate Estate uses state-of-the-art wine-making equipment, judicious use of oak and a lot of love and attention. This, combined with our winemaker’s deep knowledge of wine-making garnered from years of experience, and our youthful team, create wines that truly reflect their varietal characters, the vintage and the region in which they are grown.
Contact our friendly staff to help you explore our range to find the right wine for you.
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