Proudly Australian owned and operated by the Barbalace family, the vision for Somerville Wines began in 2002 with 20 acres of vineyards of red grapes and green vines. In 2004, the vineyard was increased to 35 acres on a picturesque property in the Broke-Fordwich, a sub-region of the Hunter Valley.
Pasquale and Wanda Barbalace are the husband and wife team behind Somerville Wines and have an unrelenting commitment to delivering excellence. Passionate about producing the very best wines, they use traditional practices that respect the grapes and the qualities that fully express the terroir.
All wines produced by Somerville Wines are single vineyard wines and are handmade by Pasquale Barbalace at their winery in Broke. The grapes are a mix of old vine traditional Broke varieties, including Italian varieties such as Barbera and more recently newly planted varietals. All of which are growing in the Fordwich Sill, a plug of ancient red volcanic clay soil. Our vines are planted using their own roots as we use the Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) trellis system, which is an important element of canopy management in our vineyard.