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 new Broke Fordwich Wine Trail map, launched this week in time for the Spring Bud Burst.

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.



1813 offers distinctive flavours from the classic Shiraz of the Hunter Valley to the contemporary Fiano. In an elegant boutique cellar door set among the vines of Tinonee Vineyard Estate.


Ascella is the largest organic vineyard in the Hunter Valley, offering a range of Hunter traditionals that can be tasted under the Silk Tree or by the fireside under the stars.

Bright Farm

Bright Farm is a tiny scale wine producer specialising in Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Touriga Nacional. Styles available change with the seasons.

Bisous Estate

Bisous Estate invites you to visit their 1962, 620 Class Train that has been converted into a cellar door (opening 2020)

Catherine Vale Wines

Catherine Vale Wines are inspired by passion. With a focus on Italian varietals including white variety Arneis, and red variety Dolcetto, the vineyard also produces Barbera, Semillon and a fortified madeira.

Glenguin Esate

Glenguin Esate is home to Aristea Shiraz, consistently rates as one of Australia’s leading Shiraz wines. Halliday Wine Companion 5 Red Star winery. Minimal intervention, single vineyard, hand crafted wines made with knowledge and passion.

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 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.

Lavender Ridge

Lavender Ridge is open by appointment and features hand crafted wine from estate grown grapes.


Margan is one of Broke’s pioneering wineries and twice awarded Hunter Valley Cellar Door of the year. Margan offers the complete wine and food experience. Relax and enjoy single vineyard wines in the beautiful rammed earth tasting room. Chose grazing platters to match or dine in the acclaimed Restaurant. Margan, sustainable farming at its best.

Mount Broke Wines

Mount Broke Wines offers a relaxed friendly atmosphere of cool music where you can taste estate grown Shiraz, Barbera, Tempranillo, Semillon and Verdelho. Take in the sublime view of the Brokenback Range and enjoy a delicious menu prepared with passion by their French chef.

Nightingale Wines

Nightingale Wines enjoys the view of the amazing ‘Yellow Rock’. It is one of the prettiest award-winning vineyards in the Hunter Valley. Offering a free wine tasting of all its beautiful premium wines.

Running Horse Wine

Running Horse Wines provides a unique experience for the serious wine lover. We have an impressive range of classic aged wines comprising the Hunter’s finest Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho, Rose and a Sparkling Rose. Enjoy enticing wines dating back to the 2005 vintage at our unique and relaxing cellar door.


Sommerville organic grapes form the basis of a range of Hunter Valley traditionals, where every grape is treated with love, care and passion in this family owned and run estate.

Talits Estate

Talits Estate family tends to their special vines with love. Drawing inspiration from Burgundy and Provence, they create handcrafted wines that are unique to the vintage in small quantities and of exceptional quality.

Whispering Brook

Whispering Brook cellar door and winery is located in a beautiful Australian style building featuring wide verandahs with stunning views. Visitors can taste wine/olive products at the custom recycled bar, in the winery or the verandah overlooking vineyards, olive groves and mountains.

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.


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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