Winmark Wines Estate offers many interesting landmarks that emphasise the unique experience ahead when visiting.
Pooles Rock is a local landmark complete with its own legend. Richard Poole, who bequeathed his name to it, was fabled to be an English convict who slept in a hollow of the rock.
One of Australia’s most celebrated landscape architects, Paul Bangay OAM, used a myriad of delicate colours and varieties to design this stunning garden. Hedges and topiary border lavender, roses and Russian sage.
Guests of Winmark Private Residence can step back in time to view the garden in the shadow of the pavilion while watching a game of tennis or enjoying afternoon tea or a glass of wine.
“I love nothing more than creating country gardens,” Paul said. “They have a great sense of scale and freedom that just can’t be found in city spaces.
“Winmark Wines has allowed me to express my creativity with this sense of scale and freedom and this has lead to the creation of a large perennial and rose garden, swimming pool and tennis court. All these gardens are full of flowering perennials and roses and help create the feeling of paradise in the Australian landscape.”
Winmark Art Gallery has opened its doors and is proud to welcome and introduce an impressive collection of works by multi award-finalist Rebecca Pierce.
When booking accommodation at Mio Monte you will have the absolute unique experience of living among the art and can take your time to choose your favorite piece.
General viewing by appointments only.
b.1963 Sydney, Australia
View Rebecca’s Studio Film here
Rebecca Pierce is a practicing Artist and Designer.
In 2001, after nearly twenty years involved in the fashion, design and licensing fields, Rebecca started painting and exhibiting on a full time basis. Rebecca has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and Internationally.
Rebecca primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper. Her work initially with a design and finely detailed orientation harnesses these elements whilst exploring aspects of the natural and urban landscape. The interpretation of the human face and the reading of the landscape, effects of cyclical, emotional and climatic changes to ourselves and others responses to these are often drawn upon. The unpredictability of Rebecca’s subject, frequently rendered to create a third dimension, can often simultaneously create tension laced with elements of playfulness.
Rebecca currently lives and works in Sydney, balancing art making with her roles of running an art gallery and her design practice. The design work extends to corporate commissions as well as not-for-profit projects and charity work.
The forms in my work are often in the act of becoming, changing, evolving or resisting. The diversity of medium, colour and texture is in an attempt to heighten these states of flux. Tapping into the ever flowing and sparking subconscious, where movement and change is a constant, primal and sometimes tribal inferences come to the fore.
Frequently I reference the frenetic pace we place upon ourselves, conscious or subconscious, and the suggestion of what we impose, berate and complain of, but do not always acknowledge, amend, rectify or accept. Technically, I am interested in making inks, sections of paper, aqua enamels and impasto paints more visceral and physical, with a body and texture of their own. The conscious choice of this diversity of medium within a single work is in anticipation that the contrasts will translate and heighten the ever changing. Luminous colours shouldering sections of print, nestled against washes of colour, bordering swathes of texture are there to drive this message further, the tension of these differing mediums and placement of pulsating colour to communicate friction and movement.
The process of painting is for me a metaphor for life and creation. As we are a part of nature our energies flow through what we do and often the materials we use. For me the paint is often imbued with a sense of the Artist themselves. Applying and moving the medium around the canvas, offering the medium its own flow and path, and at other times controlling and orchestrating its position and presence, manipulating its lead, creates a tension, being again another state of flux. These random movements, both innate and subliminal, engendering form and structure, can often provide a sense of verity and validity.
David Ball created Biosis for the Winmark landscape. His sculpture is bound to earth yet reaches towards heaven in representation of our highest dreams. Winmark is the three-year realisation of a grand dream that has been imagined, hand-crafted and assembled by its owners.
“Biosis works both from and with the landscape,” David said. “It’s broad, it reaches out and sits in this big, beautiful valley surrounded by sandstone and cliffs that are themselves like sculpture.
“Wine and sculpture both age well. You can enjoy them on a sunny afternoon and they provide sustenance for the soul.
“Any time you mix good wine, sculpture and landscape it’s perfect. This 1.5 tonne sculpture will help extend Winmark’s cultural presence.”
David won the 2017 Bondi Sculpture by the Sea major prize with a sculpture that was part of a series and the first iteration of Biosis.
Tree lover and owner Karin Adcock has lent her name to this formal stand of 40 deciduous trees that sit on the sloping hill in front of the Yellow Rock escarpment.
“Deciduous trees remind us of the changing seasons, as trees are forever changing their delicate flowers and colours. This appreciation of the seasons is often overlooked but is reinforced here,” Karin said.
“I wish for my daughters to experience firsthand how beautiful different deciduous trees can be.”
The firepit has been landscaped into the foreshore of the main dam, beside the large pump house and viewing platform. This recreational area, complete with lighting and its own barbeque and fridge, capitalises on a natural vantage point for watching the sunset, enjoying a sundowner and for staying warm at day’s end.