About Us

Poole’s Rock was established in 1988 by the late David Clarke OAM. The 23-ha Poole’s Rock vineyard at Broke was the starting point, followed by the acquisition in 2002 of the 74-ha Glen Elgin Estate at Pokolbin.
Upon his passing, the brands, vineyards and winery in Pokolbin were acquired by the Agnew family, who also own the neighbouring vineyard, Audrey Wilkinson, and have been established in the wine industry since 2004.

All brands under the Agnew Wines umbrella have kept separate identities, however areas of consolidation include management, sales, marketing and viticulture, and there has also been significant investment in upgrades to their winery.

In 2012, Jeff Byrne was promoted to Chief Winemaker for Agnew Wines, overseeing Pooles Rock, as well as the Cockfighter’s Ghost and Audrey Wilkinson labels.

Poole’s Rock Hall of Fame

2001

Poole’s Rock Museum Chardonnay won 13 awards, including the Trophy award at the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show

2005

Poole’s Rock Chardonnay won 14 awards, including 4 Gold, and the Trophy award at the St George Hunter Valley Wine Show

2005

Poole’s Rock Museum Semillon won 15 awards, including 4 Gold, and the Trophy award at the St George Hunter Valley Wine Show. This wine was also awarded 96 points in the James Halliday Wine Companion

2009

was a hugely successful year for Poole’s Rock Brand. The 2009 Poole’s Rock Museum Semillon won an amazing 27 awards! This included 12 Gold awards, and 2 Trophy awards for the National Wine Show of Australia, and the Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia. This wine was also awarded 96 points in the James Halliday Wine Companion

2009

Poole’s Rock Museum Pinot Noir won 10 awards, including 3 Gold, and a Trophy award for Royal Hobart International Wine Show. This wine was awarded 93 points in the James Halliday Wine Companion

2010

Poole’s Rock Chardonnay won 12 awards, including a Gold, a Top Gold, and a Trophy award at the Hunter Valley Wine Show

2014

Poole’s Rock Single Vineyard Semillon won 13 awards, including 3 Gold, and a Top Gold in the National Wine Show of Australia. This wine was awarded an amazing 97 points in the James Halliday Wine Companion!