Raised on his family’s vineyard and winery Chateau Pato in Pokolbin, Nick had no choice early on but to help his parents out with everything from pruning to labelling. His late father David Paterson, encouraged Nick to approach wine in a holistic way, firmly believing that the vineyard’s environment was the starting point of any great wine. Nick is still the vigneron at Chateau Pato.
Nick has been fortunate to have the guidance of legends such as Murray Tyrrell, Len Evans, Iain Riggs and Andrew Spinaze. He had formative years working for Brokenwood and Tyrrells, as well as completing vintages in the Yarra Valley, Tuscany and Campania.
The highlight of Nick’s year for 2011 was winning the 2011 NSW Wine of The Year, Winestate Champion Chardonnay for Australia and New Zealand and 7 Gold Medals with the 2009 Mistletoe Wines Reserve Chardonnay. Following these accolades, in May 2012 he was awarded 2012 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year.
During Nick’s 19 years as a Winemaker his wines have been awarded 3 Championships, 25 National Trophies, 2 International Trophies and 45 Gold Medals. He is also proud to make wines for three Hunter Valley brands that have received the acclaimed five stars in James Hallidays’ 2014 wine book.
Nick is a proud promoter of the Hunter Valley and its’ wines.