Hunter Valley is a revered name when it comes to listing some of the most influential winemaking regions in the world. It is located in New South Wales, the oldest and most diverse of regions. Hunter Valley is believed by many to be the birthplace of the Australian viticulture, consisting of more than 150 modern wineries and premium vineyards, of which First Creek is a part.
First Creek wines is a family owned, operated and managed winery with Shaun, Liz and Greg Silkman at its helm. With a passion for growing different varieties of grapes and expertise in the craft, the Silkman family leads a skilled team of viticulturists to produce remarkable quality, fruit-driven and sophisticated varietals and blends that are appreciated by consumers throughout the world.
Over the years, First Creek has garnered various awards and accolades for its products. In the year 2015 alone, the winery was awarded 11 trophies and 26 gold medals in just 5 shows, with their Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay varietals coming out on top. Many of these accolades are owed to the perseverance and vision of Liz Silkman, and she is regarded by her peers as one of the leading winemakers in all of Australia, being a former dux of the Len Evans Tutorial. In 2011 as well as 2016, Liz was crowned Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends Awards.
First Creek has established its cellar door right in the heart of Hunter Valley, open for the public. First Creek Cellar Door offers visitors a chance to glimpse the daily working of their winery from the Viewing Window. Special features at the cellar door include Member Tasting, Group Tasting and Hunter Valley 101. Member Tasting requires a booking to be made for members, providing them access to exclusive releases, a tour of the winery and a complementary platter of local produce and cheeses. Group Tasting is conducted for a group of 8, wherein an experienced cellar door team member hosts a sit-down and tasting session for the group. Hunter Valley 101 educates people regarding the history of the Hunter Valley region, and gains them a tour of the winery, a platter of local produce and cheeses, and an informative tasting of some of the main red and white varieties at First Creek.
The team at First Creek focuses on carefully selecting fruit, attention to detail throughout the process, and modern technological practices to craft its flavours and rich varietals and blends.