With a background in environmental science, John Stokes planted his first vines at Wood Park in 1989 in the back paddocks of his grazing property at Bobinawarrah in the hills of the Lower King Valley, east of Milawa. The surrounding hill country has been excluded from grazing since the time of the first vine plantings. Natural regeneration, additional native plantings and 3 large dams have enhanced biodiversity. The vineyard is managed with minimal chemical use. Winemaking includes open ferments, hand plunging and French oak. Wood Park also sources fruit from sites in the King and Alpine Valleys, ranging from 250–800m elevation. The mix of mainstream and alternative varieties includes tempranillo, sangiovese and roussanne. He is probably best known for his cabernet shiraz blend. -JENI PORT
Wood Park Wines’ owner and winemaker John Stokes first stomped on grapes in the 1980s, and has been following his passion for wine ever since. Grapes are grown all around the King Valley to produce an extensive range of top quality, award winning wines including Prosecco, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Viognier and Roussanne. Co-located with the renowned Milawa Cheese Company since 2002, Wood Park Wines is known for its friendly tasting experience and knowledgeable service. James Halliday’s Wine Companion has rated Wood Park as a five star winery for the past five years.