Moorebank Private Vineyard Review
Moorebank is one of those rare gems that you sometimes come across. A family owned & operated boutique vineyard since 1986 it is one of the smallest but finest estates in the Hunter Valley, specialising not only in a wide range of ultra-premium wines but also in a vast selection of hand-made, wine inspired condiments, spreads & sauces that have been handed down from old family vineyard recipes.
Ian Burges & Debra Moore and their family own this unique vineyard estate and their passion for what they do is very evident. The Moore family are synonymous with the Australian Wine industry since the 1850s. Moorebank's intention is to stay small to maintain attention to detail with quality control over fruit and pruning.
Moorebank’s values are with sustainable viticulture, in line with Ian & Debra’s personal values of environmental sustainability. Within the vineyard, particular attention is applied to continually minimizing the use of synthetic chemical sprays, so caring & dealing with the soil, water & environment are of utmost importance to ensure premium quality grapes for consumption.
Many of the wines are named after family members which again highlights the family owned and operated element of this great vineyard.
On the day of our visit it was extremely hot windy weather, so unfortunately we did not get the opportunity to have a look around the property, and especially meet the famous 'Sheila the Sheep'. Sheila was the feature on a recent episode of channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens with Dr Harry.
The property is children friendly with lots of grass areas to have fun and swings to play on. There are lots of other resident animals like cats, geese, chickens, sheep, local kangaroos & wildlife. These, and the gorgeous landscaped terraces, add a natural relaxed rural feel to a polished, professional family operation.
Tastings are conducted within the cellar door in a relaxed, intimate & friendly atmosphere where an education of Moorebank wines & the wine industry in general, is given in an informative, personable, and fun way. There is also the 'Press Room' (as in wine press) available for larger private group tastings.
Debra was our host in the tasing room and what a wonderful host she is. Her knowledge and passion make this unique, boutique wine experience one to remember.
There is also the very popular hand-made lemonade, also available for tasting.
Debra also makes a range of delicious handmade, wine inspired condiments, spreads & sauces. On the day of our visit a couple travelling from Queensland's Sunshine Coast to Sydney, dropped in after making a deliberate detour to Moorebank to purchase some more of their famous spicy grape sauce which they had purchased on a previous visit. Her recipe is a hundred years old and a family secret handed down by Debra’s 102 year old grandmother.
All condiments are hand-made by Debra, using predominantly organically grown fruits & vegetables from on the Estate. The condiments are 100% natural & have no flavour enhancers, no artificial colours, no artificial preservatives & certainly no food additive numbers, nor GMO’s.
The family at Morrebank have a lot to be proud of, and we take our hat off to them. Passion, commitment, and excellence, come to mind when you spend time at Moorebank and it is reflected in the quality of everything they produce. Mixed with some good old fashion Aussie hospitality you can not but enjoy your time here.
It is difficult to survive in any business today, but to have gone from strength to strength over the 30 years that they have been operating is a credit to them. Just some of the awards and recognition achieved over that time include: "Best Small Vineyard" award - 3 consecutive years. "Woman of Enterprise" award. Australian & New York Lexington "Wo's Who", plus glowing reviews and Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor.
We can certainly highly recommend a visit to Moorebank, and we look forward to another visit sometime in the near future on a day when the wether is a little kinder so that we can enjoy the total Moorebank experience.
Opening Hours: Open 7 days per week - 10:00am to 5:00pm