Little gems: Broke Fordwich

By Halliday Promotion

19 Nov, 2019

Just 10 minutes from the heart of Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich is one of Australia’s oldest winemaking areas. Acclaimed for its premium vineyards, fine dining and outstanding natural beauty, take some time to explore this New South Wales little gem.

    Located in a picturesque pocket of Australia’s oldest winemaking region, the Hunter Valley, Broke Fordwich is renowned for its family-owned and run boutique wineries that offer a variety of award-winning wines. The Broke Fordwich Wine Trail will invigorate all your senses – each cellar door is nestled in a valley of incomparable beauty and majestic landscapes. 

  • Whispering Brook


    • Whispering Brook

    Whispering Brook takes its name from the Wollombi Brook that borders the property, discoverable via the vineyard and olive grove walking tours offered at the winery’s cellar door. Linger with artisan wine on the veranda, enjoy a light lunch, or participate in an educational tasting to find out the secrets of the makers.

    Winemakers: Susan Frazier and Adam Bell
    Key varieties: Shiraz, touriga nacional, semillon, chardonnay, tinta cao, sousao
    Flagship wines: Whispering Brook Single Vineyard & Basket Press wines

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  • Mount Broke Wines


  • Mount Broke Wines

    Overlooking the Brokenback Ranges, Mount Broke Wines offers wine tasting with an incredible view. Sample Mount Broke’s array of wine styles, from semillon to barbera, which can be enjoyed on their own or with lunch at cellar door on Saturdays and Sundays. For a different kind of atmosphere, the pizza bar is open every Friday from 6pm. 

    Owner: Phil McNamara
    Key varieties: Shiraz, barbera, tempranillo, semillon, verdelho
    Flagship wine: 2017 Mount Broke Wines The Mayor Reserve Shiraz 

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  • Winmark Wines


  • Winmark Wines

    Karin Adcock and John Winstanley purchased the iconic Pooles Rock Estate in 2016 with the vision of rejuvenating the vineyards and properties to again produce some of the region’s best chardonnay. Now, with the vines nurtured back to health, they are reintroducing the winery as Winmark Wines. Dedicated to lovers of premium chardonnay, the new cellar door is set to open in early 2020. 

    Winemaker: Xanthe Hatcher        
    Key variety: Chardonnay (exclusively)
    Flagship wine: Winmark Wines Single Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay

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  • GREENWAY Wines


  • Greenway Wines

    In a picturesque red barn encircled by the Brokenback Ranges and Wollombi Brook you’ll find GREENWAY, a family-run vineyard producing handcrafted, small-batch wines. With a focus on sustainable farming practices, GREENWAY Wines are made from 100 per cent estate-grown, single-vineyard fruit. Sample the range of varieties available at the cellar door, accompanied by made-to-order antipasto platters. 

    Owner: Anne Greenway
    Key varieties: Fiano, pinot grigio, merlot, shiraz  
    Flagship wine: 2017 GREENWAY Sparkling Fiano 

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  • 1813


  • 1813

    Explore a wine tasting with a difference at the boutique cellar door of 1813 among the vines of Tinonee Vineyard Estate, featuring the estate-grown, single-vineyard flavours of 1813 wine crafted by award-winning winemaker Daniel Binet. Surrounded by a fusion of classic and contemporary design, relax at the tasting bar or lounge in the alfresco atrium.

    Winemaker: Daniel Binet
    Key varieties: Rosé, moscato, fiano, verdelho, shiraz, chambourcin
    Flagship wine: 1813 The Governor Reserve Shiraz 

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  • Glenguin Estate


  • Glenguin Estate

    Discover a unique and intimate wine tasting experience at Halliday five-star winery Glenguin Estate. The cellar door, overlooking the Schoolhouse Block to the Wollombi Brook, is the perfect setting to enjoy a range of single-vineyard, low-intervention wines – including the 2014 Aristea Shiraz, rated 98 points. Led by Robin Tedder MW, Australia’s seventh Master of Wine, and making wines with knowledge and passion. 

    Vigneron: Robin Tedder MW
    Key varieties: Shiraz, semillon
    Flagship wine: Glenguin Estate Aristea Shiraz

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    Click here to explore the trail and find out more about the Broke Fordwich wine region. 


    Broke Fordwich Wine Trail

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.