We first planted our vines in 1995, but that’s not where our story began. Through five generations of organic and sustainable farming in the Hunter Valley, we’re big believers in setting the right foundations. Since the 1820’s, our land has never seen insecticides or pesticides – a long tradition still upheld today. Over the past 27 years, we’ve been handcrafting premium wines that reflect on the soil, soul and our passion for fine wine. After all, we know that a great wine begins in the vineyard.

Our team are full of knowledge and enthusiasm in creating wines, events and stays that continue our love for Wollombi and the Hunter Valley. From the Cellar Door to the vineyards, the cottages to events, our passion transcends our work. We live and breathe wine, hospitality and tourism. We are the Stonehurst team.

Laura Heslop-Shaw
Laura Heslop-ShawManaging Director
From planting our first vines at 7 years old, Laura has always been a part of Stonehurst. Her passion and enthusiasm for all things wine, hospitality & tourism is at the front of our business, as the next generation to take Stonehurst forward; from our Cellar Door to events; the wine club to our cottages. You could say, it’s in her blood.
FAVOURITE WINE: 2020 Méthode Traditionnelle
Anthony Shaw
Anthony ShawDirector of Fun
Anthony is our self-appointed Chief Taste Tester and Director of Fun. You’ll often find him in the vineyard helping with sampling, at Wine Club events or wine & food fairs around Sydney and the Hunter, showcasing his love of wine to the crowds.
FAVOURITE WINE: 2019 Reserve Shiraz
Yasmin Ruddy
Yasmin RuddyWeddings & Events Coordinator
Kelli Suratman
Kelli SuratmanWeddings & Events Coordinator
Our pocket-rocket, Kelli is quite simply the best person you could have in your wedding team! Her passion for events, wine and customer service ensures she’s across every little detail of your day, making sure it goes off without a hitch.
FAVOURITE WINE: 2019 The Orchard Semillon
Lesley Williams
Lesley WilliamsCellar Door
At the core of our Cellar Door, Lesley is passionate about welcoming visitors to Stonehurst and our gorgeous surrounds. A lover of film, literature, food & wine, ask her about the many cultural events happening around the Hunter, our Stonehurst long lunches, wine club memberships and of course, our wines!
FAVOURITE WINE: 2020 Autumn Harvest Chambourcin
James Watson
James WatsonProperty Operations Manager
Daryl Heslop
Daryl HeslopVigneron
There’s no one quite like Daryl. Farmer, builder, vigneron, teacher and winemaker, his passion for organic and sustainable farming has transformed our multi-generational property into producing premium Hunter wines of distinction. Whilst “semi-retired”, you’ll find him hard at work yarding cattle, mowing or advising in the vineyard and winery.
FAVOURITE WINE: 2013 Semillon
Phillipa Heslop
Phillipa HeslopPotter-er
Our be-named Chardonnay lover, Pip is never far from the Cellar Door, cottages or her beloved gardens. Whether greeting guests, making breakfast hampers, pruning the cottage gardens, cooking relish & pickles for the Cellar Door or serving wine at events, she’s at the heart of everything Stonehurst!
FAVOURITE WINE: 2021 Mrs Collins Chardonnay
KobeAmbassador to visitors & farmlife
Our newest addition, Kobe is the happiest of cattle dogs, living out his best life on the farm. He spends most of his time overseeing the cows and calves, making sure they don’t venture too far from his watchful eye. Kobe is always ready for an adventure, some cuddles and finding new toys (oranges, sticks and flowers are his favourites!)

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