Established in 1980 by the late David Paterson. The Château Pâto legacy lives on through son Nicholas. Raised on his family’s vineyard and winery Château Pâto in Pokolbin, Nick had no choice early on but to help his parents out with everything from pruning to labelling. His late father David Paterson, encouraged Nick to approach wine in a holistic way, firmly believing that the vineyard’s environment was the starting point of any great wine.

Nick also makes wine via contract for a number of small local growers, however Château Pâto is the main focus. The majority of the old vines are Shiraz with smaller blocks of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Mourvedre. Chardonnay is made in a true modern Hunter style, a little leaner but with great use of oak, and savoury Shiraz from the ‘Old Pokolbin Vineyard’ and then a limited release Reserve Shiraz from an old dry grown vineyard.

Nick is making stellar wines at Château Pâto that are made in extremely limited quantities.