Broke Fordwich was first planted to grape vines back in the early 1900’s and boomed again through the late 1980’s and 1990’s with significant expansion occurring throughout the region with over 475 hectares growing and over 35 grape growers. The main producers in the area established themselves during that period include Margan, Pooles Rock and the biodynamic Krinklewood. It was during this period of expansion that many new varieties were introduced to grow alongside the traditional Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
The sub-region was granted its own GI in 2003. It was the first sub-region declared for the Hunter Valley and the second in Australia. The Fordwich Sill, a plug of red volcanic clay which runs through the area, is the weathered product of ancient volcanic eruptions and brings valuable trace elements to the Broke Fordwich vineyards, including basalt and iron. The vineyards planted on the Fordwich Sill were planted in the late 1960’s and early 70’s are still producing grapes and making excellent styles of varietal Hunter Valley wines. In addition to the red soils, local vineyards are also planted on free-draining alluvial soils and sandy loams which produce particularly fine Semillon – the variety for which the Hunter Valley is best known. The wines of Broke Fordwich are recognised for their slightly richer, softer style (particularly those grown on the Fordwich Sill) whilst still maintaining their unique Hunter Valley characteristics.
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