You’ll feel worlds away in the Hunter Valley’s picturesque sub region of Broke Fordwich, just over two hours’ drive from Sydney. Broke Fordwich is a hidden gem of the popular New South Wales wine region, with stunning landscapes and an infectious winemaking community spirit.
Broke Fordwich has been around a while in the winemaking world, with the first vines planted in the early 1900s, though despite its history the region didn’t really make its mark until the late 1980s thanks to names like Pooles Rock, Margan and Krinklewood. Broke Fordwich’s diverse range of soil types results in an equally diverse choice of wines and you’ll find it hard to go past a Broke Fordwich semillon, chardonnay, verdelho or shiraz.
We think it’s about time Broke Fordwich receives the credit it deserves. There’s plenty to fit in to a weekend away, so here are our top picks for a couple of days in this beautiful region.
Stay among the vines with Tinonee Vineyard Estate. Choose from their Estate or Residence for larger groups, or The Cottage for a more romantic getaway. Either option offers sunsets and sunrises surrounded by the property’s 16 acres of varietal Broke Fordwich vineyards.
Winmark Wines offers accommodation complete with panoramic views of Mt Broke and the vineyards. Each residence expresses owner Karin Adcock’s passion for interiors and travel, with tasteful interior design alongside the on-site art gallery and sculptures that surround the property.
For a rustic, country charm-style stay, River Flats Estate also has three homestead cottages on their property surrounded by acres of olive groves.
There’s no better place to start your weekend in Broke Fordwich than at Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard to sample a range of quality organic and biodynamic drops. Owner Rod Windrim’s passion for his estate and organic winemaking is evident, with every inch of the estate boasting organic practices resulting in wines of approachability and freshness. The property offers a homely, heartwarming vibe and a tasting in the classic cellar door followed by a local produce platter under the trees is the perfect way to spend an hour or two.
We suggest making your next stop Winmark Wines to visit their newly opened art gallery and range of unique sculptures and landmarks. Visits are by appointment only but it’s worth taking the time to see the dedication of owners Karin Adcock and John Winstanley. Stay tuned, as the Winmark Wines team are opening a new cellar door early next year so you can sample their premium estate-grown chardonnay – it is sure to be a great addition to the property and Broke Fordwich region.
Next stop is 1813 Wines, situated on the stunning property of Tinonee Vineyard Estate. Get a feel for the Broke Fordwich community spirit with a tasting led by the friendly 1813 Wines team – their passion for the brand’s story and estate is truly evident in their work. Take the time to wander the estate grounds; with its gorgeous surrounds it’s perfect for an Insta snap or two.
For dinner, we suggest visiting EXP. Restaurant, only a 10-minute drive from the heart of Broke Fordwich. The venue’s seasonal menu and incredible wine list to match is the perfect end to your first day.
Day two starts with a trip to the family-owned Greenway Wines to try a range of their estate-grown wines. Settle in to the lush surrounds with a ploughman’s platter and a glass of wine (the fiano is a must try).
Make a stop at River Flats Estate where you can find a range of locally made food and beauty products, as well as River Flats Estate olives and olive oils, seasonal chutneys, honey and jams alongside BARE Natures’Kin natural soaps and plenty of fresh produce. It’s the perfect pitstop to pick up some souvenirs and take a breath of fresh air among the olive groves.
No visit to Broke Fordwich is complete without an afternoon spent at the iconic Margan Wines. We highly recommend booking in for lunch to experience the Margan Restaurant’s ‘estate grown, estate made’ philosophy, which covers both food and wine (our favourite pairing is the lamb and barbera!). Spend the afternoon tasting and relaxing at the cellar door, or book in for one of the many food and wine experiences offered, which cater for both wine newbies and experts.