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Address: 2416 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 4998 7507
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Australia's first boutique winery, Lake's Folly was established in 1963.


Australia's first boutique winery, Lake's Folly was established in 1963.

A small, true 'estate' producer with only 30 Acres (12 Hectares) of vineyards, Lake's Folly's wines have been grown, vintaged and bottled on site since 1963.


ONLY TWO WINES ARE MADE: a Cabernets (Red) blend and a Chardonnay, which are available in limited quantities and are highly sought, selling out each year through Lake's Folly's Cellar Door and loyal Mailing List.

The Cellar Door is open 7 Days (when wine is available), but is closed for several months each year after the wines sell out.

* Five RED Stars Winery - James Halliday

* Best Small Cellar Door, Hunter Valley - Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine: 'Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards' 2015

* 'Most Collected Cabernet' - Australia's Most Collected Wines 2013 (Wine Ark)

* 2nd 'Most Collected Chardonnay' - Australia's Most Collected Wines 2013 (Wine Ark)

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Must visit if in hunter. No questions asked.

Was our last visit before turning for home after a long weekend away with some couples. It was going to take a lot for us to be impressed as we had seen, eaten and drunk a lot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was our last visit before turning for home after a long weekend away with some couples. It was going to take a lot for us to be impressed as we had seen, eaten and drunk a lot at that point. What I loved was the simplicity of the place. They will allow you to try two wines, and two only.... More 

Thank mbado85
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are wine tasting in the Hunter Valley then a visit to Lake Folly is a must. Only 2 wines - Chardonnay and Cabernet. Grapes grown in their own vineyard and both are some of the finest you will find in Australia.

Thank Richard J
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Open 4 to 7pm 7 days if they have wine for sale so look for signs or ring before hand. Lovely small boutique winery. I love their red but at $70 to over $100 per bottle it is at the high end of the price market. There was a tasting fee but not applied if you made a purchase. The... More 

Thank Hugary1
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A long time supporter of their wines (including the fact that a friend in China has a bottle shop carrying this label) - our visit to this winery on Thursday Dec 29 was an absolute disappointment. We were the only ones at around 12.30 - entering the small tasting room, we were ignored. We actually had to approach the man... More 

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Reviewed 22 November 2016

Probably one of the best spots we stopped on our trip! My friend had previously visited and wanted a return stop to see if she could buy the Chardonnay (which was already sold out!). Unlike the larger vineyards, intimate setting with charming decor and let's face it, fantastic wine! There were only 2 to taste (as mentioned the Chardonnay was... More 

Thank Alena K
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Roger is delight and the wine on tasting is outstanding. We have wanted to visit Lakes Folly for such a long time and finally we're lucky enough to drop by at the right time. They sell out of their wine for a reason, well worth a visit!

Thank Mindak1
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Just the most icon winery in the Hunter only a couple of wines on taste but the History Not always open need to book your visit

Thank Ladylil_12
Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Lake's Folly is as good as it gets for Australian wine. One of the ten best wineries in Australia and the best in NSW. Exquisite hand-crafted wines that dance in your mouth and age for many many years. Rod, the winemaker and General Manager continues to produce outstanding wines years after years that are a true reflection of their terroir.

Thank David A
Lake Cathie, Australia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2016

We only had time to drop in to two or three cellar doors and chose Lake's Folly based on its reputation for greatness. Were the only ones in the cellar door and basically had to ask the fella if we could taste. He then responded there was "a red and a white"... and then no further information. Basically could have... More 

Thank LongPointVineyard
Lakes_Folly_Vineyard, Chief Winemaker - General Manager at Lake's Folly Vineyard, responded to this review

Dear LongPointVineyard Thank you for your feedback. As recent winner of Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine's 2016 Best Cellar Door, Hunter Valley (Australia's Best Cellar Doors 2016), and previously, Best Small Cellar Door, Hunter Valley (Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Australia's Best Cellar Doors 2015), I am disappointed to learn of your experience when you visited. At Lake's Folly, we pride ourselves... More 

Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2016

This winery is not always open as they generally sell out of their new vintage very quickly. I was fortunate to be able to taste an buy their 2013 and 2011 Cabernet but unfortunately there was no chardonnay left. The cellar door is small but the service, explanation, discussion and tasting was of the highest level and a great experience.... More 

Thank Peter C

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