1912: The Lindeman family buy Ben Ean vineyard and winery from the McDonald family. Ron Wilkinson appointed manager and winemaker, succeeded in 1914 by Eric Lindeman.

1915: Lindeman's buy the Coolalta vineyard from Wilkinson, but the Wilkinson family retain the name, so the vineyard is renamed Catawba.

1916: The Soldier Settlement Act is passed by NSW Parliament, with 62,000 acres set aside for re-settlement in the Hunter region. 4080 acres of John Blaxland's old Fordwich property is divided into 12 blocks. This was the most successful of the Soldier Settlement schemes in the Hunter. The plan was to plant out 10 acres of grapes on each block for a cooperative to sell.

1917: first outbreak of downy mildew in Pokolbin