The site of the Lovedale Vineyard was selected in 1939 by legendary Mount Pleasant founder and winemaker, the late Maurice O’Shea. The vineyard was planted after World War II, in 1946, and the first Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon was made in 1950.
Certainly the Mount Pleasant Lovedale Vineyard stands as a paradox. It is only when you consider the simple aesthetics of the Lovedale Vineyard and the realities of the Hunter Valley climate, that you can truly appreciated what a visionary Maurice O’Shea was; to see beyond the adversity, plant a vineyard and create a wine some consider as Australia’s greatest white wine.
The vineyard is named after the original landholders, the Love family.
Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
- Semillon (22.1ha)
- Chardonnay (7.4ha)
- Verdelho (1.6ha)
Vines Per Hectare
3.35m (some at 4.6m)
Sandy aggregate loam topsoil, with friable red and yellow clay lower root zones
Vertical Shoot Positioning and Cordon Ballerina; to ensure maximum sunlight penetration, reduce the risk of disease