Established in 1921 by Maurice O’Shea, Mount Pleasant is the birthplace of Australian winemaking. O’Shea’s reputation today stands as the grandfather of Australian table wine and a pioneer of the industry.


English immigrant Charles King plants the Old Hill Vineyard on rich, volcanic soil in the Parish of Pokolbin, at the southern end of the Hunter Valley


Mount Pleasant founder and legendary winemaker Maurice O’Shea is born


Maurice O’Shea studies viticulture and oenology, before lecturing at France’s Montpellier University


Aged 24, Maurice O’Shea persuades his widowed mother Leontine to purchase the King family’s 16.3ha Hunter Valley property and two adjoining parcels of land, on which the Old Paddock Vineyard is planted. O’Shea names the property Mount Pleasant


The McWilliam family, already famous for their fortified wines, purchase a half share of Mount Pleasant Estate and encourage Maurice O’Shea to continue with his winemaking


The McWilliam family acquire the remaining share of Mount Pleasant Estate. Maurice O’Shea, who was retained as Chief Winemaker and Manager, went on to make some of Australia’s greatest wines


Maurice O'Shea plants the Lovedale and Rosehill vineyards


Maurice O’Shea dies at age 59. Brian Walsh is appointed Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker and Manager


The first wine in the style of the now famous Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon is made


Phil Ryan is appointed Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker


McWilliam’s inaugurates the prestigious Maurice O’Shea Award as a tribute to O’Shea’s remarkable innovation and foresight


The 2000 vintage of Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz outscores Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace to be the highest rated Shiraz in the 2005 edition of James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion


Wine Hunter by Campbell Mattinson, a book which chronicles the life of Maurice O’Shea and would go on to receive much acclaim, is released


Phil Ryan, named a Living Legend of the Hunter Valley.


Jim Chatto is appointed Chief Winemaker. Jim becomes the fourth Chief Winemaker of Mount Pleasant Wines.


Mount Pleasant was honoured to be named Winery of the Year in the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion.

That same year, Halliday scored the 2014 Maurice O'Shea 99 Points.


Adrian Sparks is appointed as only the 5th Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker since Maurice O'Shea.

Mount Pleasant's 2017 1880 Vines Old Hill Shiraz is awarded 'Best Wine in Show' at the Hunter Valley Wine Show

Mount Pleasant's 2017 Old Paddock & Old Hill is awarded the coveted title of 'NSW Wine of the Year' at the NSW Wine Awards


Adrian Sparks named 2019 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Gala.

Mount Pleasant's 2018 Rosehill Shiraz is named 'Best Wine in Show' at the Hunter Valley Wine Show

Mount Pleasant's 2018 Mountain D 'Full Bodied Dry Red' is named 'NSW Wine of the Year' at the NSW Wine Awards


A disastrous bushfire season leads to the decision that Mount Pleasant will not produce a 2020 Vintage.

Weeks of continuous smoke haze from surrounding fires resulted in one of the lowest yielding vintages on record for the Hunter Valley.

2020 also marked the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Australia.


Mount Pleasant celebrates 100 Years since Leontine O'Shea purchased the Pokolbin property and Maurice O'Shea began making wine in the Hunter Valley using Shiraz from Charles King's Old Hill Vineyard, planted in 1880.

The 2018 Maurice O'Shea Shiraz receives a score of 99 Points from esteemed wine critic James Halliday