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GET ON THE WINE TRAIL: The Hunter’s Secret winery trail in one handy map

Meet the faces behind the wineries and celebrate the ‘road less travelled’ of Broke Fordwich. That’s the aim of the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail map and Autumn is a truly wonderful time to start planning your visit.

The Broke Fordwich Wine Trail takes visitors on a gastronomical journey through 17 of the best wineries in the region. It invites you to go behind the scenes of working family farms, visit cellar doors that have made their homes in renovated barns, gorgeous rammed-earth buildings, stunningly renovated homesteads and pretty Provence-inspired courtyards.


Broke Fordwich Wine Tourism Association Chairman Jody Derrick says that the trail gives visitors an intimate, personalised and unique experience.

‘There’s a genuine camaraderie and community spirit among the vignerons and winemakers that’s the heart of the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail,’ she said.


Known for its softer and richer versions of Hunter classics. There are also new and exciting varieties to be discovered.

Margan’s managing director and winemaker Andrew Margan said the Broke Fordwich wine trail was a wonderful collaboration of wine and olive producers from this unique area of the Hunter Valley. 

‘Our sub-region has always had a strong sense of community and a great bunch of small producers with an eye on providing both quality products and wonderful friendly service for our visitors.’ he said.


Here is a snapshot of some of the Vineyards you can visit on the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail

Ascella Organic Wines

Ascella Organic Wines welcomes you to Taste Wines Inspired by Passion! Sit under the Silk Tree, enjoy an organic cheese & olive tasting, stay at the vineyard, ROCK to Silk Radio, or meander along nature’s trails. Open 7 days a week, call to add an organic cheese & olive tasting 0431 357 105.

Catherine Vale Wines

Produces 6 grape varieties from its 10 acre vineyard. Hunter icons Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho along with Northern Italian varieties Arneis, Barbera and Dolcetto make up the wine portfolio sold under Catherine Vale Wines. The property is now run by Wendy Lawson who with family and friends planted the vineyard in 1993.

A visit to Catherine Vale is a must on your wine tasting agenda. Book a special tasting or mention this promotion for a special offer when visiting Catherine Vale. 

Greenway Wines

Greenway Wines are a family owned, vineyard and cellar door. Meander through the vineyard and join us for a wine tasting experience at our Red Barn Cellar Door and gardens or picnic within the grounds with one of our antipasto platters designed to optimise your wine experience.

Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard

Krinklewood is a certified biodynamic organic, family owned vineyard, winery and farm. Our cellar door offers guest a unique experience with biodynamic wines, provencal style gardens and an abundance of beautiful birdlife. Cheese platters are available to enjoy with your wine tasting in our cellar door gardens.

Winmark Wines

Winmark Wines formerly Pooles Rock, has been completely refurbished to be a magnificent estate featuring gardens, sculptures, art and 28 acres of chardonnay vines. These vines have been lovingly restored and are once again producing premium wine for our visitors and members to enjoy.


An absolute highlight of the annual Hunter Valley event calendar, the annual A Little Bit of Italy in Broke wine and food festival gives visitors the chance to enjoy a great Italian fiesta, experience mouth watering gourmet delights, beautiful wine and fantastic live music.

Bringing together boutique cellar doors and artisan food producers this uniquely “Australian-Italian” festival operates at 12 different venues throughout the event weekend, each offering a unique variation on the theme, a stunning location and relaxed atmosphere. 

Bring your friends and celebrate the good life at the 16th annual Little Bit of Italy in Broke wine and food festival.

Friday 1 May – Sunday 3 May 2020
You can find more information and secure your tickets here


The Broke Fordwich Wine Trail is located just two hours from Sydney (via Tourist Drive 33), an hour from Newcastle and 15 minutes from Hunter Valley Gardens.

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