New South Wales | Hunter Valley

James' Review

A deservedly fashionable winery producing consistently excellent wines. Its big-selling Hunter Semillon provides the volume to balance the limited quantities of the flagships ILR Semillon and Graveyard Shiraz. Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard from Hungerford Hill in '78 and has been working to totally rehabilitate the vineyard over the ensuing decades. It's been a vine by vine exercise, with a degree of experimentation of rootstocks and clonal material from other, even older vineyards. Next there is a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the associated Indigo Vineyard), Orange, Central Ranges, McLaren Vale, Cowra and elsewhere. In 2017 Iain Riggs celebrated his 35th vintage at the helm of Brokenwood, offering a unique mix of winemaking skills, management of a diverse business, and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood's high profile fresh and newsworthy. He has also contributed a great deal to various wine industry organisations. Exports to all major markets.


Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia’s most reputable wine labels.

Brokenwood was founded by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors, Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday, who paid a then record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block was destined to be a cricket ground for the local community but was instead planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The first vintage was picked in 1973 and while none of the original partners claimed to know anything about viticulture, the wine received praise, and attracted a loyal following from the first vintage.

It was a labour of love for the partners, and the friends and family they conscripted to help who were seduced by the promise of clean country air, fine wine, food and company in exchange for help on the vineyard. Everyone pitched in to pick the grapes which were carried to the winery in buckets in the back seat of Len Evans’ Bentley. Weary bodies were put up in dorm-style accommodation which still remains today.


Shiraz, semillon, chardonnay

Cellar Door


We are excited to announce that our new cellar door, Cru Bar + Pantry and The Wood Restaurant will be open from Saturday 8th December 2018. Designed by Sydney's Villa & Villa, the striking building houses a range of flexible spaces, all themed around the enjoyment of great wine.

“This marks a significant moment in Brokenwood’s history. Our current Cellar Door was built in the 70’s so this new venture means a lot to us, but most importantly it will allow for more fun and exciting wine experiences for our dedicated customers”. – Managing Director, Iain Riggs AM

The Cellar Door:
Our state-of-the-art cellar door complex is unlike any other in the Hunter Valley. Gone is the traditional long central bar, instead, we have opted for customer-focused wine pods allowing a unique and seamless experience.

In a nod to Brokenwood legends past, a lookout and education space has been dedicated to long standing Vineyard Manager, the late Keith Barry (KB). The space also includes an impressive wine museum with floor to ceiling glass overlooking the working barrel hall.

Cru Bar + Pantry:
Open for breakfast and lunch, The Cru Bar + Pantry offers casual dishes including shared cheese and charcuterie plates, wood fired pizza, homemade pies, toasties and sweets. Picnic packs are also available for parents to relax on the front lawn while the children play.

Relax by the fire or out on the terrace with a rare drop thanks to an Enomatic wine dispenser that allows previously not-for-tasting and museum wines to be available. A revolving calendar of events, music, pop-up guest chefs and food trucks will be on offer on our entertainment terrace.


Open from Monday-Saturday from 9.30am-5pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Samuel Smith & Son
6-8 Crewe Place
Roseberry NSW 2018
p (02)8344 8244

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Winemaker Iain Riggs, Stuart Hordern
Established 1970
Dozens 100 000
Vineyards (area) 64 ha
Opening Hours Mon-Sat 9.30-5, Sun 10-5
Address 401-427 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2321
Telephone (02) 4998 7559