THE WINERY & CELLAR DOOR
Handcrafting Wines Since 1991
"2011 Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the Year"
The Pepper Tree winery was founded in 1991 and has been developed as one of the show pieces of Hunter Valley Wine Country. It is part of a quality food, wine and accommodation triumvirate comprising Peppers Convent Guesthouse, Circa 1876 and Pepper Tree Wines with its surrounding manicured gardens and vineyards.
The popular boutique Cellar Door has been a regular winner in the tourism arena – complementing the Pepper Tree wine success on the show circuit.
Pepper Tree produces premium varietal wines sourced from its own vineyards in the Hunter, Orange, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully regions. Pepper Tree currently produces more than forty thousand cases per year with distribution well beyond cellar door into specialty stores and fine restaurants throughout Australia and selected international markets.
Pepper Tree has also branched out into hand roasting coffee onsite with the new addition of Contango Espresso-Roasters to enhance the customer experience.
"2014 Len Evans Tutorial Scholar"
"2011 Alasdair Sutherland Scholarship"
"2010 Young Winemaker of the Year - Finalist The Wine Society"
Scott joined the Pepper Tree team in late 2012 and has been integral in every aspect of production since. After completing his first vintage in 2013 under the guidance of Jim Chatto, Scott was appointed Chief Winemaker shortly thereafter. A Wine Science graduate from Charles Sturt University, Scott has worked in many of Australia’s leading wine regions as well as crossing international borders to complete vintages in areas such as Southern Rhone.
With over 10 years of winemaking experience, Scott has produced some outstanding wines which have achieved both domestic and international acclaim. Further to Scott’s success in 2010, he was named a finalist for the Wine Society’s ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ awards and in 2011 was awarded the ‘Alasdair Sutherland Scholarship’ in the Hunter Valley. Scott has supplemented his winemaking career with work as an up and coming wine show judge.
Scott has a very hands-on approach in the winery and brings the fresh and creative ideas of a young rising star winemaker to drive Pepper Tree’s future direction.
In another life John Davis was a successful oil exploration geologist. In 1982 he bought his first vineyard and by 1988 his first winery.
What started out as a serious hobby gradually became his sole business focus. John has used his geological knowledge to purchase select vineyard sites in four of Australia’s premium grape growing areas – the Hunter Valley, Wrattonbully, Coonawarra and Orange.
His purchase of Pepper Tree in 2002 completed his objective of putting together his own vineyards with a compatible high quality boutique winery, where each vineyard’s terroir can be fully expressed.
John’s house is situated in the middle of his Hunter Valley vineyard at Mount View.
Pepper Tree Wines is acknowledged as one of the most awarded boutique wineries in Australia amassing a show record out of all proportion to its size.
This includes the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 2001 for a Pepper Tree Cabernet Sauvignon and in 1999 the Trophy for Best Merlot Worldwide at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.
Not to be overshadowed by the reds, the 2001 Pepper Tree Wines Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is the only Australian wine ever to win The Best Sauvignon Blanc of the Year (Australia & New Zealand) in the annual Winestate Magazine awards.
In recent times, Pepper Tree has also taken out in consecutive years, the Trophy for the 'Best Individual Vineyard' Cabernet of show at the Limestone Coast Wine Show in 2011 and 2012.
This is also reinforced by the five star ratings Pepper Tree Wines has received from James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion over the past years.
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