The Broke Fordwich Wine District is one of seven that make up the Lower Hunter Valley Wine Region. A great place to combine a relaxing getaway with a Wine tour.
Broke is an enchanting village in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, in Singleton Shire. Located 157 kms to the north of Sydney on the original early colonial road from Sydney to Singleton, 24 kms north, Broke is nestled in the foothills of the Broken Back Range. Seen as the tranquil side of the Hunter Valley, Broke is the idyllic base for a weekend getaway, for couples, friends or business bonding sessions.
Situated adjacent to Wollombi Brook, Broke has a rich heritage, with global recognition of the significance of nearby iconic places including; UNESCO World Heritage wilderness Yengo National Park and ancient Aboriginal Cultural sites.
A great destination, Broke is also known for the amazing route to get there.
If you enjoy a leisurely drive, take the scenic drive on Tourist Drive 33, along the Great North Road or Convict Trail, and through the beautiful countryside. Tourist Drive 33 is the scenic gateway to the spectacular Hunter Valley stretching from the Peats Ridge exit on the M1 near Sydney, to Branxton in the heart of wine country along the historic Great North Road.
Amazing Things to Do, Places to See.
UNESCO World Heritage wilderness Yengo National Park
A great day trip
Situated just over an hours drive from Broke, this World Heritage-listed wilderness is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Yengo has spectacular views, remote wilderness and unique Aboriginal cultural heritage. There’s an abundance of Aboriginal sacred sites and rock engravings to discover.
Look out across the remote wilderness from Finchley lookout, take in the spectacular views and perhaps enjoy a picnic. Marvel at the majestic Mount Yengo standing tall in the distance and read about the rich Aboriginal heritage in the park and surrounding area.
Combine with a short stroll
Finchley cultural walk
A short 1km return walk, The Finchley Cultural Walk displays an astonishing wealth of ancient Aboriginal rock art, as well as great insights into Aboriginal history. This 15-45 min trail is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. The trail is clearly sign posted, has gentle hills, no steps and requires no bush walking experience.
BROKE VILLAGE COMMUNITY MARKET
Held on the First Sunday of the month in McNamara Park, this community market has a local feel to it. On offer is everything from local gourmet produce, back-of-ute veggies, toys, handmade gifts, collectables and pre-loved trinkets.
SMOKE IN BROKE
Held in McNamara Park, June sees the Smoke in Broke, a weekend of low and slow barbecue, street food, boutique wine, craft beer, and market stalls. Open to the public for a small fee, BBQ cooking demonstrations, a Butcher’s showcase, Music, Local Craft Beer and the Local Boutique Wines on Offer.
A Little Bit of Italy in Broke
Held in April, As well as great Italian foods and wines available to enjoy, you can enjoy workshops, classes & demonstrations, festivities & fun hosted throughout Broke Fordwich with over 10 venues participating.
Broke Village Fair and Vintage Car Display – September
McNamara Park showcases hundreds of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, trucks and tractors and an amazing array of vintage farm machinery. Enjoy over 60 market stalls, food trucks, children’s activities and rides, whip cracking, live music, bush poetry, Tug-o-War, rocker car racing and more.
An Annual event the Crush Party is held during February and March while the Hunter Valley harvest is in full swing. Held over two days, you have an opportunity to join the life of a winemaker. Experience grape picking, sorting and stomping, followed by a hearty banquet lunch in the vineyard, live music as well as all your Oakvale favourites by the glass.
More information; http://www.oakvalewines.com.au/
Accommodation in Broke Fordwich caters to all tastes, Luxury villas and country houses, Self-contained cottages, Farmstays and B&B’s, and FREE CAMPING at McNamara Park in the centre of the village.
You can stay on: a vineyard, an olive grove, an alpaca farm, or in the privacy of a secluded hideaway with breathtaking views of the Brokenback Ranges.
For bookings refer to Visit NSW
Broke Fordwich offers a variety of dining options from all day breakfasts and lunches to dinner choices.
Here are Trip Advisor’s Restaurants in Broke Fordwich
Committed more than ever to an ‘estate grown, estate made’ ethos, Margan base their menus around what they harvest from their one acre kitchen garden and orchard to maintain a truly seasonal focus. In addition, they have their own olive trees, free range chickens, honey and raise their own lambs. A selection of estate grown produce is incorporated into the menu.
Nightingale Wines Cafe now open 7 days a week.
Enjoy a lovely relaxing meal by the vines.
Mount Broke Restaurant
Mount Broke Restaurant & Bar offers stunning views from the cellar door, accompanied by delicious blackboard lunch menu options. Enjoy the beauty of the Brokenback Ranges whilst relaxing with a drink from our European beer list, a Gin and Tonic or a Vodka.
Vineyards and Wine Tasting
Recognised as one of Australia’s oldest winemaking region, Broke Fordwich achieved its official geographical indication in 1997 and is renowned for specific vines both white and red varieties, with the area’s original plantings dating as far back as the 1820’s.
Just a 20-minute drive but a world away from Pokolbin, Broke Fordwich has 36 vineyards and 12 cellar doors, including the largest organic vineyard in the Hunter and award-wining winemakers.
Open 7 days
ASCELLA ORGANIC WINE – the largest certified organic vineyard in the Hunter Valley.
ELYSIUM VINEYARD – home of rare aged vintages of Gold medal Elysium Limited Release Verdelho
GLENGUIN ESTATE & VINEYARD – Handcrafted wines made with passion and knowledge.
MARGAN WINES – wines are all Estate Grown and Estate Made in the Broke Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley.
NIGHTINGALE WINES – under the view of Yellow Rock is one of the prettiest award-winning vineyards in The Broke Fordwich area.
CATHERINE VALE WINES – Catherine Vale is the only producer of Arneis, Barbara and Dolcetto (Northern Italian Varieties) in the Hunter Valley.
GREENWAY WINES – A charming wine tasting experience set against the dramatic backdrop of Wollombi Brook and the Brokenback Ranges, complete with an “Old World Red Barn”.
KRINKLEWOOD BIODYNAMIC VINEYARD – a family run biodynamic organic vineyard and farm.
WHISPERING BROOK – opportunity to experience a day in the life of a viticulturist, winemaker and olive producer.
MOUNT BROKE WINES – Established in 1997 Mount Broke Wines has defined Shiraz quality in the Broke Fordwich/Hunter Valley Region across the last decade. Their low yielding single origin vineyard operates with a focus on producing small batches of premium wines.
RUNNING HORSE WINES – Running Horse Wines produces wine born out of the Fromberg family passion for fine horses and fine wines. Their architecturally designed cellar door is a sight to behold. Six unique shipping containers elevate the cellar door above the vineyard allowing visitors spectacular views of Yellow Rock, the vineyard and stables.
Combine these great experiences with the Hunter Valley wine region with a tour
A great way to enjoy the views and of course the sensational tastes of what the region offers is to book a wine tour with:
With pick-ups and drop-offs from your accommodation
Whether it’s for a corporate or social event, our Hunter Valley wine tasting tours are the perfect way to experience what the famous wine region has to offer.
Our tours are designed with our guest in mind, keeping it simple so that all you need to do is enjoy the day.
Since 2001, we’ve specialized in guiding small group wine tours through the Hunter Valley. We’re family owned and operated and are passionate about showcasing the beautiful Hunter Valley region and its wines, providing our guest with the ultimate wine tasting experience.