The History of Glen Oak Family Wines
Our story begins in 1940 - three generations ago, when Albert Stevens decide to move from Gillard’s Lane in Rothbury with his wife and ten children to a 120 acre property and turn his hand at growing grapes. The property Albert wished to purchase was “Glen Oak” on Marrowbone Road in Pokolbin, owned at the time by Arthur Kelman. Not having enough money to purchase the property he approached his neighbour Dan Tyrrell for a loan of 700 pounds. Once in possession of Glen Oak, Albert worked hard to increase the size of his vineyard and with his sons by his side they cultivated the land with horse and plough. As years went by the children left home leaving the youngest son George to carry on the work with his father.
In 1958 George married Elaine and along with their four children, built a home on Glen Oak so he could work the vineyard alongside Albert. George was a hard worker who lived and breathed the land and after Albert’s death in1968 George continued to prune, cultivate and spray his vines with only minimal help. He also went on to increase the size of the vineyard to fifty acres.
Originally the grapes were pressed in the cellar located at Glen Oak and the wine was then sold to McWilliams. Only very little ruminants of this original cellar still exist today.
Around 1948 Albert made a decision to stop making wine at Glen Oak and concentrate on growing premium fruit, he started a long relationship supplying Lindeman’s Wines
The Stevens family supplied Lindeman’s Wines for the next 49 years.
George and Elaine’s son Neil returned in 1984 to work alongside his father, increasing again the size of the vineyard when Neil and his wife Bernadette purchased the Old Hillside Vineyard on Marrowbone Road in Pokolbin.
In 1993 Neil and George began a partnership with Murray and Bruce Tyrrell that was sealed with a handshake, to sell their grapes to Tyrrell’s Family wines.
Sadly in March 2007 George lost his fight with cancer but right to the end he wanted to be in the vineyard, working as hard as he always did. George managed to see the 2007 vintage to the cellar door.
Following in George and Albert’s footsteps Neil has worked towards producing some of the highest quality fruits in the area using the knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Neil’s dream to release his own label has now come to fruition and we are excited to introduce the Glen Oak Wines.
In dedication to our forbearers we a proud to release the Albert Shiraz and the George Semillon along with a few other varieties included a Chardonnay, Verdelho and a Sparkling Moscato. We hope in time to increase our selection of wine and the family business just as Albert and George have done before us!
We hope you enjoy our wine, as much as we do.
Neil and Bernadette