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 22 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: 2014 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: 2013 Shiraz
Frederic Aubineau
Frederic AubineauGeneral Manager
Our resident Frenchie, Fred not only pronounces our grape varieties with flare, he also keeps Stonehurst running like clockwork. With an ancestral appreciation of great food & wine, Fred is always eager to share his passion for the Hunter Valley.
FAVOURITE WINE: 2007 Chambourcin
Maddy Jackson
Maddy JacksonWeddings & Events Manager
Maddy is without question our hopeless romantic (she WILL cry at your wedding!). A self-described perfectionist, it’s safe to say she’s a natural at wedding planning. When she’s not drying her tears, you might find Maddy in the Cellar Door enjoying her other passion – wine. Or more importantly, the Sparkling Red!
FAVOURITE WINE: 2015 Sparkling Vintage Red
Daryl Heslop
Daryl HeslopVigneron, Winemaker & Owner
There’s no one quite like Daryl. Farmer, builder, vigneron, teacher, winemaker and entrepreneur, his passion for organic and sustainable farming has transformed our multi-generational property into producing premium Hunter wines of distinction. Yarding cattle, in the vineyard or the winery, Daryl’s hands on approach is the soul of Stonehurst.
FAVOURITE WINE: 2013 Semillon
Phillipa Heslop
Phillipa HeslopOwner
The Queen Behind The Scenes, 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: 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Lesley Williams
Lesley WilliamsCellar Door & Wine Club Coordinator
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: 2010 Autumn Harvest Chambourcin
Jacqui SouthwellWeddings & Events Coordinator
Ellen PapanicolaouWeddings & Events Coordinator
Seamus
SeamusAmbassador to visitors & bacon
Our infamous Stonehurst ambassador, Seamus is always ready to greet any and all visitors with a tail wag, belly rub and big bright eyes that constantly ask for bacon. His typical day involves waddling to the cottages for breakfast, a swim in the river and sleeping the day away at the Cellar Door. He has the life!
Ellie-May
Ellie-MayAmbassador to visitors & adventure
Forever smiling, Ellie-May rules the roost (or so she likes to think!). She’s certainly the Queen of finding anything that smells and greeting guests with new perfumes. Ellie-May is always ready for an adventure, taking guests to see the wildlife around the property including kangaroos, wombats and deer.
FinneganAmbassador to visitors & swimming lessons
Our newest addition to the winery dog clan, Finnigan has made the tree-change from the big city lights – and boy is he excited! The wide open spaces to run, the baby calves to play with, more smells than he can poke a snout at, and his favourite pastime… countless swims in the creek and greeting visitors with a very wet shake!
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10am – 5pm

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