Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

Located in Australia’s oldest winemaking region, take a journey along the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail, where you will not only access award winning wines but you will meet the families behind the wineries, taste limited run wines, and go behind the scenes of working family farms.

Broke Fordwich is renowned for its Hunter Valley classics, Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz, and increasingly the premium quality of its Verdelho. More recently it has seen the successful introduction of Italian varietals such as Fiano, Areneis, Barbera and Sangiovese. The wines of Broke Fordwich are slightly richer and softer in style (particularly those grown on the Fordwich Sill) whilst still maintaining their unique Hunter Valley characteristics.

The Cellar Doors are small family owned, award winning businesses. You’ll find gems only available from the Cellar Door and meet the people that grow and make the wines; the pace is slower; you won’t be pushed out by large crowds and tour groups meaning you get to truly savour the experience and wines.

Harvest time in Broke is usually around February and into March. Most of our Cellar Doors are open for the weekend (they’re busy in the vines and during the week), with a couple open seven days and others by appointment during the week.

The Wine Region of Broke Fordwich

Broke Fordwich was first planted to grape vines back in the early 1900’s by first world war soldier settlers. Vineyard plantings boomed in the late 1980’s and 1990’s with significant expansion occurring throughout the region with over 475 hectares growing and over 35 grape growers. The main producers in the area established themselves during that period and included Margan and Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard. It was during this period of expansion that many new varieties were introduced to grow alongside the traditional Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

The sub-region was granted its own GI in 2003, based on its soil makeup and the mesoclimate created by various local waterways and the sheltering hills to the west. It was the first sub-region declared for the Hunter Valley and the second in Australia. Not only is there less rain here than further east in Pokolbin, but the increased distance from the Pacific coast means a higher diurnal temperature variation allowing for quicker ripening whilst still maintaining the natural acidity of the grape.

The Fordwich Sill, a plug of red volcanic clay which runs through the area, is the weathered product of ancient volcanic eruptions and brings valuable trace elements to the Broke Fordwich vineyards, including basalt and iron. The soils it creates are favorably compared to the famous ‘terra rossa’ of Coonawarra. Thought to be unique in the world, ‘terra rossa’ has been recorded only in Coonawarra and some areas of Eastern Europe. While being free-draining, its cell structure absorbs moisture quickly and releases it slowly – an important bonus for inland, high-latitude (32.5 degrees south) regions such as Broke Fordwich. The vineyards planted on the Fordwich Sill were planted by Lindemans and Saxonvale back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s are still producing grapes and making excellent styles of varietal Hunter Valley wines.

In addition to the red soils, local vineyards are also planted on free-draining alluvial soils and sandy loams which produce particularly fine Semillon – the variety for which the Hunter Valley is best known.

712 Wollombi Road Broke NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6579 1322 Visit Website
Photo of Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard

Krinklewood is a family run biodynamic organic vineyard and farm in Broke Fordwich. We are passionate about the vineyard and farm being managed in a holistic and sustainable manner, therefore we incorporate biodynamic organic principles into everything we do. Working alongside nature and in alignment with the lunar cycles, we are able to create wines that reflect the unique characteristics of Krinklewood terroir.…

656 Milbrodale Road Fordwich NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6579 1334 Mobile: 0417 657 915 Visit Website
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The Lawson Family welcome you to Catherine Vale Vineyard located between Broke and Bulga in the Broke Fordwich wine growing sub-region of the Hunter Valley.

Producing from Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho. The Northern Italian Varieties from the Piedmont region are a special feature of the property  with Arneis*, Barbara and Dolcetto* being produced (*Catherine Vale is the only producer of these 2 varieties in the Hunter Valley).…

Big Red Barn 350 Wollombi Road Broke NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6579 1175 Mobile: 0418 164 382 Visit Website
Photo of Greenway Wines

You will find Greenway Wines Cellar Door – just around the corner –  3.5kms south of Broke, within an ‘old world’ Red Barn.  A charming wine tasting experience set against the dramatic backdrop of Wollombi Brook and the Brokenback Ranges.

This small family run vineyard, GREENWAY grows great Fiano, Rosé, Traminer, Pinot, Merlot and a little Shiraz. …

1239 Milbrodale Road Broke NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6579 1499 Mobile: 0407 658 488 Visit Website
Photo of Nightingale Wines

Nightingale Wines under the view of Yellow Rock is one of the prettiest award-winning vineyards in The Broke Fordwich area of the Hunter Valley. With Luxury Spa Villa accommodation for couples. A family friendly restaurant and quality wines available for tasting at our cellar door.

CELLAR DOOR OPEN 7 DAYS from 10am to 4pm.

Rodd Street Broke NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6579 1386 Phone: 02 9818 4126 Visit Website
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Venture beyond the cellar door for a memorable experience. Visit Whispering Brook for an experience that goes beyond the cellar door. 

A visitor highlight is the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a viticulturist, winemaker and olive producer.  Join us for a tutored walking tour of the vineyard, olive grove and winery and uncover what happens behind the scenes. …

1273 Milbrodale Road Broke NSW 2330 Phone: 1800 1813 9463 Mobile: 0488 127 321 Visit Website
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Our boutique cellar door offers a select variety of estate grown, single vineyard, limited release 1813 wines.

1238 Milbrodale Road Broke NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6579 1317 Visit Website
Photo of Margan Wines

Margan wines are all Estate Grown and Estate Made in the Broke Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley. The business was established in 1997 and is owned and operated by Lisa and Andrew Margan who are proud to have over 100 hectares of quality vineyards, a state of the art winery and striking cellar door and Margan restaurant as part of their onsite wine tourism operations.…

203 Thompsons Road Milbrodale NSW 2330 Phone: 02 6574 5275 Mobile: 0431 357 105 Visit Website
Photo of Ascella Organic Wine

Taste Inspired by Passion! Ascella is the largest certified organic vineyard in the Hunter Valley.

Geoff and Barb welcome you to their picturesque Country Cellar Door where you can taste a wide range of award winning wines. Become a Friend of Ascella  with no obligation – just great prices.

Join us and make a difference.…