Food and Wine in Broke
Broke provides a relaxed vineyard experience. The area is free of large-scale developments, and part of its appeal is that visitors encounter winemakers who are proud of their products and passionate about hand-crafted wines.
Known as the tranquil side of the Hunter Valley, the Broke-Fordwich area was declared a viticultural subregion in 1994. Rustic and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yellow Rock escarpment, the village of Broke has become the hub of an emerging wine-growing area. The warm climate and fertile soils produce soft and distinctive wines, such as semillon, shiraz, chardonnay and verdelho, as well as Italian varieties, including sangiovese, barbera and dolcetto. Explore the vineyards on two wheels, and don't forget to book ahead to enjoy great country dining at one of Broke's restaurants or cafes. If you decide to stay, choose from many charming accommodation options.
Beyond the vineyards, Broke and its surrounds offer plenty of things to do. Join a tour and get a bird's-eye-view of the Hunter region from a helicopter or balloon ride. Get in the saddle and set off on a horseriding adventure or pack a picnic to go for a bushwalk along the scenic walking trails through Yengo National Park. Country drives are relaxing here, so head off to nearby Wollombi, Lovedale or Maitland. Don't forget to check out the local Broke events calendar when you're in town.