David Hook is a Hunter man through and through. He was born in the Valley and grew up on the family grazing property at Belford near Branxton, fertile pastures increasingly surrounded by vineyards. That viticultural landscape and his father's cellar of Hunter wines virtually destined a career in the wine industry.
During his university holidays David started working for one of Australia's wine icons, the legendary Murray Tyrrell patriarch of Tyrrell's in Pokolbin. He relished the opportunity of those semester breaks and continued to work for this landmark winery for a further three years after finishing university.
Subsequently, David joined another industry icon, Max Lake at the acclaimed Lake's Folly vineyard, home of a flagship Hunter chardonnay and Australia's first boutique vineyard.
During the 1980's David planted his own vineyards, selecting sites on the family grazing property that would provide wines of consistent quality, integrity and individual character. A tiny winery was constructed to make small parcels of premium wine.
Over the next 10 years David divided his time between Australia and Europe, where he worked as a flying winemaker and consultant principally in southern France, Spain and Georgia. It was during this time that David began to work with varieties less well known in Australia, such as Viognier and Pinot Grigio.
In 1998, inspired by the decade in the northern hemisphere, David, or ‘Hooky' as he's known to many, returned home to nurture his vineyards and expand the capacity of the winery.
His accumulated knowledge and experience has resulted in a finely crafted portfolio of wines displaying outstanding regional and varietal characters, wines that reflect their origins, vintage nuances and the legacies shared by David's mentors.
"I'm a big fan." Campbell Mattinson, The Red Album
"Immaculate is the word that best describes David Hook's winemaking." John Lewis, Newcastle Herald