McWilliams Mount Pleasant Wines
English immigrant Charles King plants the Old Hill Vineyard on rich, volcanic soil in the Parish of Pokolbin, at the southern end of the Hunter Valley. Mount Pleasant founder and legendary winemaker Maurice O’Shea is born. Maurice O’Shea studies viticulture and oenology, before lecturing at France’s Montpellier University. Aged 24, Maurice O’Shea persuades his widowed mother Leontine to purchase the King family’s 16.3ha Hunter Valley property and two adjoining parcels of land, on which the Old Paddock Vineyard is planted. O’Shea names the property Mount Pleasant.