Hollydene Vineyard – est 1969
Hollydene Vineyard is situated on the Golden Highway at the village of Hollydeen midway between Denman & Sandy Hollow on unique rich alluvial to volcanic soils, recognised by it's landmark crown shaped winery building.
Hollydene Vineyard was a foundation vineyard for and home of Brian McGuigan and is synonymous with some of Australia’s finest Semillon.
Today this property is run with some diversification with beef cattle, wheat and grapes.
The Williams family purchased the property ‘Hollydene’ in 2005.
Hollydene’s first grape vines were planted in 1968 by Sydney businessman Ken Commins who had purchased 200 hectares along Wybong Creek.
The following year 36ha was planted to vine and a further 45ha planted over the next five years with the varieties typical for the area, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon and Traminer.
The vines were trellised from the beginning to allow mechanical harvesting and the 1974 vintage was entirely picked by machine.
The property was later taken over by internationally respected winemaker Brian McGuigan and his Wyndham Estate group.
The unique polygon-shaped winery was designed by George Dewar and housed 12 30-tonne Potter-drainer-fermenters in a circle with an airbag press on rails beneath them.
Hollydene used its own grapes and also white varieties from local growers.
The vineyard has since been reduced to 4ha and Hollydene is primarily used for cattle grazing.