About Wombat Crossing Vineyard

Learn more about our history, philosophy and team.

The Wombat Crossing Vineyard Story

Welcome to Wombat Crossing, a boutique winery and single vineyard that focuses on producing limited releases of sublime-tasting table wines. With our first vineyard planted back in 1994, and our first vintage released in 2005, developing exquisite wines has been at the heart of the Wombat Crossing philosophy. 

Our vineyard is planted with Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz, Carefully tended to and maintained to an exceptional standard, Wombat Crossing’s vines produce exemplary fruit. Vintages are only ever released when the team have tried and tested and feel they’re ready.

As one of Pokolbin’s smallest wine families, we like to take a quality-over-quantity approach. We know that excellence can take time. We respect our natural surroundings, only releasing vintages that match our ethos of refinement, consistency and character.  

As they say, ‘patience is a virtue’ and that stands true for Wombat Crossing Vineyard. 

To put it simply, we never make wine in inferior years.

Our Team

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Simon Brooker

Simon’s family have been farming in the Hunter Valley since the 1830’s, resulting in a very strong bond with the Hunter Valley and it’s diverse offerings for visitors. Coming from a food and wine family, it was natural for Simon to become involved in the Hunter Valley wine industry.

Simon has been with Wombat Crossing Vineyard since 2008 and is responsible for the Cellar Door, our Wine Clubs, wholesale customers, plus our marketing and social media presence. Simon is also involved with seasonal work in the Wombat Crossing vineyards – if you want to know about the vineyard, ask Simon!

Simon likes nothing better after a hard day in the vineyard than relaxing with a glass of Wombat Crossing wine and a selection of Hunter Valley cheese.

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Ian Napier

At the core of Hunter Valley wine country are the families and people who have made our wine industry the success it is today. Ian has lived and worked in Pokolbin now for 18 years, taking an early vine change from Sydney. Ian has made a point of becoming a member of the local community organisations and contributing to local business and wine industry development. 

His day-to-day role involves work in the vineyard and property, liaising with our winemakers, helping acquire new assets and improvements, and contributing to local boards related to wine, tourism and local infrastructure. Loves food and wine, and loves golf at the local course. Ian stays out of Simon’s way at the cellar door!

If you ever want some background and challenges to making a career change to viticulture and wine production, then shout out when you next come to Wombat Crossing Vineyard.