We are a boutique vineyard located in the Hunter Valley of NSW - Australia's oldest wine region, with vines dating back to the early 1800s.
At Polin & Polin we specialise in making wines in the classic Hunter Valley styles of Shiraz and Chardonnay.
The "Polin & Polin" brand honours the pioneers in our family including the brothers Peter and Thomas Polin who travelled from Ireland to Australia in 1860. Together with countless other Irish families they contributed to the development of commerce in NSW during the early days of the colony.
Since the vineyard was first planted in 1996, Polin & Polin has grown to become one of the Hunter's leading boutique vineyards known for our regionally distinctive and expressive wines.
Honouring our Pioneers
Wine is not simply the contents of the bottle, it has been an integral part of the fabric of society for centuries, the medium over which close friends and strangers have shared good food and tall stories. It was provided to the convicts for medicinal purposes on their voyage to Australia. The “Polin & Polin” label honours those pioneers in our family who, together with countless other Irish families, contributed to the development of commerce in NSW during those early days of the colony. It is recognition of the contribution our forebears made to the lifestyle we enjoy today. Our family own and run vineyards from which we produce a variety of wines under the Polin & Polin label. We commenced our vineyard life in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW when we planted a 15 acre vineyard, focussing exclusively in the making of the classic style Hunter Shiraz. We named our wine in honour of our ancestors, and of the explorer that came to this country around the same time from the Limb of Addy area of Nothern Ireland.
Peter and Thomas Polin, aged 15 and 6 migrated from Ireland to Australia on board the ship “Tudor”. With them was their mother Margaret and two sisters Mary and Margaret, all travelling as assisted immigrants. They arrived in Sydney on August 17 1860. Following the death of their mother two years later, Peter left Sydney for the bush and in 1879 was joined by Thomas in Coonamble, NSW, where they established a general store in the name of “Polin & Polin”. Peter had earlier married Elizabeth Rook, the Australian born daughter of convicts Ellen Crawley and John Rook who had been transported to the colony in the late 1820’s. In addition to running his business, Peter became the town’s second mayor in 1882. The first of five terms he served in that capacity. Peter also contributed greatly towards the cost of bringing the Brigidine nuns to Coonamble in 1883, and constructing the new convent which today is the Pepper’s Guesthouse at Pokolbin. The trial of John Rook, Elizabeth Rook's father, is as follows:
255. Trial of JOHN ROOK at the Old Bailey - London, 1827
JOHN ROOK was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of December 1827, at St. Luke, Chelsea, in the dwelling-house, of James Brown , 23 sovereigns, five 2l., and five 1l. Bank notes , his property, against the statute. JAMES BROWN. I live at No. 4, Queen-street, Chelsea, in the parish of St. Luke , and am a coal-heaver . The prisoner is my son-in-law, and has been to sea; I married his mother - he came to my house when he pleased; he slept there on Monday and Tuesday, the 3d and 4th of December; and on Wednesday, after dinner, he went off, to go to Gravesend. I missed twenty-three sovereigns, and 15l. in Bank notes, on Thursday, when I came home to dinner - it was in a box; I may not have seen it safe for four or five months before - my wife found the box broken open.JOHN JONES
Between five and six o'clock last Friday, the watchman brought the prisoner to the watch-house, charged with robbing Brown of 38l.; I asked Brown how he knew it was him; he said, "Because nobody else was there;" his wife was not there: he said, that in coming home the prisoner had ran away - he called Stop thief! the watchmen caught him, and they brought him to me - I found seven sovereigns and 16s. 1 1/2d. on him. When I took the charge, the prisoner said he had taken the money at different times; he said, "I took eleven sovereigns last Wednesday;" he said so to Brown, when I was taking the charge. JAMES BROWN re-examined. I went to Gravesend after him, and brought him back; he offered me seven sovereins to let him go, but did not then say he had taken the money. Prisoner. I went to look after a ship, and on Thursday my father came and took me. GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.
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