Sobels to retire amid the vines
Kevin Sobels, the legendary Australian winemaker, and wife, Margaret are selling their Hunter Valley winery, as they look towards retiring. They hope to be staying around Pokolbin.
Sobels (below) is a fifth generation descendant of German immigrant winemaker, Carl August Sobels.
The family name has been connected to Australian winemaking since the 1840s, beginning in South Australia’s Barossa and Clare Valley.
Kevin Sobels arrived in the Hunter in 1972 from the Barossa.
The current 22ha Halls Road, Pokolbin offering, Kevin Sobels Wines, was started in the early 1990s by Kevin and Margaret on acreage offered to them by the Ross Jones family.
They formed a company with the help of a few friends with their sales door opening in 1994.
By 1996 the winemaking facility was complete so that wines could be made and bottled on-site.
The long established brand has around 5ha of planted vines.
Its Jurds marketing agent Cain Beckett says the property would suit the establishment of a five-star country lodge with restaurant and function space.
Sobels was installed as the 2014 Hunter Valley Living Legend of Wine, joining other Hunter notables as Brian and Fay McGuigan, Bruce Tyrrell and Don McWilliam.
The Sobels’ wine journey began with Carl August, who in 1847 quit his home in the Saxony-Anhalt town of Quedlinburg and m migrated with his family to Au Australia. He had been t trained in winemaking in Germany and in France’s Champagne region.
He made his first A Australian wines for W William Jacob, the gov government surveyor who mapped the Barossa. This year will mark the 170th unbroken run of Australian vintages by Sobels, with their son, Jason continuing the traditional family craft.
The property at Pokolbin.