A Taste of Italy in Broke
In the small village of Broke Fordwich population approximately 525 people the local winemakers, farm producers and community will celebrate and share their 8th year of "A Little Bit of Italy in Broke on April 13th and 14th. This picturesque tranquil destination is just 2.5 hours from Sydney. There is approximately 36 vineyards, 20 wines brands and 11 cellar doors, spoiling you with choice. Its home to the oldest vineyards in the Hunter Valley region and many well known established wines brands like Wyndham Estate, Lindemans, Tullochs, Pooles Rock and Oakvale drawn some of the their grape supply from Broke. The high quality minerally soils are highly sought after for the whites and the rich volcanic basalt soils produce fine reds. Marry the wines with locally grown produce, organic seasonal veggies and orchards of olives and fruits trees and you have a match made in heaven. Margan Restaurant and Family Wines on Milbrodale Road Broke is a favourite with a long list of awards for their wines and dining including the prestigious NSW Tourism Awards, Gold Award for Hunter Tourism Awards from Restaurants and Catering as well as the SMH Sustainable Restaurant of the Year. The restaurant also boasts a one acre "kitchen garden" nestled in between the vineyards.
Each year the "Little bit of Italy" wine and food trail attracts over 3,000 people. You start at the "Passport Office" in the main street of Broke plus sample local drop from your souvenir glass while listening to the sounds of music. There are 12 participating venues offering premium wines, produce We love this part of the Hunter Valley and over the years its a foodies playgroup with its charm, beautiful landscapes, food and wines. Here an opportunity to discover 'The Tranquil side of the Hunter' and visit the friendly owners cellar doors in one of the most scenic regions in Australia.
Broke offers a strong relationship between its wine and heritage as the vineyards and farming lands as its situated south and west of two World Heritage areas. The Greater Blue Mountains and Wollemi national Park. This boutique wine district have won many hundreds of pretigious awards and prizes overseas and in Australia. The massive Yellow rock escarpment stands above Broke village and has many beautiful vantage points from the surrounding valley. I am emotionally stirred when photographing this wonderful location. We are often treated to breathtaking sunsets and sunrises across damns and vineyards and the afternoon shadows formed numerous olive groves that ribbon across the landscape is just magic to any photographer. On many occasions I would wake to the most tranquil scene of low lying mists like clouds through the grapes. Written by Penelope Beveridge