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Brokenwood Wines-Hunter Valley

Written by Aksel Ritenis

 Brokenwood Wines-Hunter Valley


Newly renovated over the last 12 months, this new Brokenwood cellar door appears to be more commercial and less homelythe previously but now feels  pretty class and well designed,.. and  the offerings of its flagship wines and friendly staff remain the same.

Whilst many  really liked the old building, this new one augurs well for a modern dynamic future ! The variety of flexible spaces allows them  to offer visitors unique and premium wine experiences and event spaces with two amazing dining venues on site.- including the retaurant Cru.

Established in 1970, and founded by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors: Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday. Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into a highly reputable wine label. From the flagship wine – the famed Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz to the commercial, Cricket Pitch Range, Brokenwood’s commitment to producing wine of the highest quality is always evident.



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

In 1975, a new winery was built to accommodate the growing production. Growth was steady until the boom of 1978, when six new partners joined, allowing the purchase of the next door “Graveyard Vineyard”. Designated as a cemetery by the local town planners, but never used as such, the block had been planted with Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Graveyard Vineyard created Brokenwood’s flagship wine, the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, which is still sourced exclusively from this one vineyard.

In the same year, Brokenwood sourced fruit from outside the Hunter Valley for the first time which was blended with Hunter fruit to make a premium red, creating the style that has been synonymous with Brokenwood for the last 20 years.

Typically when visiting guests are  organised to be a part of the Brokenwood Experience which allows for a seating of wine tasting matched with delicious corresponding canapes. Brokenwood wine tastings are  very personal and informative experiences.The Somelliers (also know as wine consultants) are  very knowledgeable and accommodating. 





Address: 401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Hours: Opens 11AM Mon 

Phone: (02) 4998 7559


Fax: (02) 4998 7893




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Aksel Ritenis

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