Updated: Feb 4
Huntington Estate is one of Mudgee's finest wineries and has a wide selection of white and red wines which have been aged for you and ready to drink. The vineyard was bought in 1969 by Sydney Lawyer Bob Roberts and he transformed the vineyard from a run-down orchard to what it is today. With guidance from James Halliday and the late, great Len Evans, Bob was driven by his love of classic red wines from the French regions such as Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and even Burgundy, He wanted to make some of Australia’s best wines at an affordable price.
In 1996 a journalist from Queensland, Tim Stevens, caught the winemaking bug and bought the property next door to Huntington’s and started a wonderful friendship with Bob. Tim's cellar was full of Huntington Estate wine and he was enamored with Bob and wanted to emulate his friends style of winemaking, so when the time came 10 years later for Bob to retire it was natural for Tim to become the owner and chief winemaker of Huntington’s, and he has been true to Bob’s original vision since. Nicky, the current General Manager, joined her husband Tim in 2008. She took over running the Music Festival in 2009 and the business in 2013. As an avid wine drinker she has enjoyed learning all about what it takes to make wine.
The Huntington Estate Music Festival was started in 1989 and ran successfully until 2019. Held in the Barrel room it has been credited by Richard Tognetti as having some of the greatest acoustics in the world. Due to the constant demands and responsibilities of running a small business and having small children Tim and Nicky decided that 2019 would be the last year for the Music Festival, even though they loved it so much.
In 2019 Nicky and Tim joined forces with their good friend Steve from 53 Food Co and opened the Garden Bar where you can get some of Mudgee’s best burgers. They are open from 11.30 to 3 Friday to Sunday, but if you want to sample this wonderful food and beverages you have to be quick as they don’t take reservations.