What a year it has been for Brokenwood Wines as they approach the one year mark of the opening of their new Cellar Door on Friday 6th December 2018. The team envisioned a space that was as special as their wine, and they have certainly achieved this, providing their dedicated members and guests with an all-encompassing, unforgettable food and wine experience in the Hunter Valley - a new ‘Home in the Hunter’.
Chief Winemaker and Managing Director, Iain Riggs says, ‘Our new Cellar Door not only marks a significant moment in Brokenwood’s history, but allows for a higher level of customer experience, transforming Brokenwood from a small Cellar Door into a must-visit tourism drawcard in the Hunter Valley.’
The Brokenwood team have celebrated a number of exciting wins over the last 6 months, receiving 2019 Cellar Door of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends Awards in May and listed as the twelfth Top Winery of Australia by The Real Review, receiving a Certificate of Excellence.
Their success has recently continued, named finalist in their category (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries) in the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards last Friday. The awards acknowledge leaders in tourism excellence, attracting 146 entrants across 26 categories. Brokenwood Wines sit beside five other successful Hunter Valley businesses who were also nominated for awards: Beyond Ballooning; Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley; Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular; Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism and Margan Wines and Restaurant.
“The NSW Tourism Awards are the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry, with a long history of celebrating and recognising business excellence, innovation and outstanding customer service by tourism operations,” NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright said.
The winners of the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 14th November at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. Select Gold Medal winners will go on to represent NSW at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra in March 2020.
Photography: David Griffen
What a month it has been for Brokenwood Wines with a number of successes worth celebrating!
Our 2017 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has not only received a Platinum Medal at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, but is also 1 of 50 wines (judged from 16,500 entries worldwide) to be awarded a Best in Show. Brokenwood's 2013 ILR Reserve Semillon and 2018 Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay received Silver Medals.
McGuigan Wines was also awarded a Best in Show Trophy for its 2013 McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon. The results make the Hunter Valley Australia’s only region to win two Best in Show wines, a significant achievement for the region’s international reputation.
Brokenwood's Managing Director and Chief Winemaker, Iain Riggs AM with McGuigan's Chief Winemaker, Neil McGuigan. Photography: Chris Elfes
“As the oldest grape growing region in Australia it is rewarding to see our two major varieties, Semillon and Shiraz flying the flag for premium Australian wine on the world stage. These are unique wine styles and give due recognition to our tireless grape growers and winemakers.” - Managing Director and Chief Winemaker, Iain Riggs AM.
“What a wonderful result for the Hunter Valley wine industry with two of the best grape varieties from this region being recognised on the world stage. Brokenwood and McGuigan run adjoining properties in the Hunter. As neighbours, we share a healthy rivalry and an immense admiration for each other’s wines, plus Riggsy and I are good mates – we couldn’t be happier for each other” - McGuigan Wines Chief Winemaker, Neil McGuigan
We celebrated the release of our 2017 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz at our annual Graveyard Launch on Saturday, with 330 members attending a long lunch in our Barrel Hall.
Brokenwood’s success also continued this week with our 2018 Hunter Valley Semillon placed in Matthew Jukes’ list of Australia’s Top 100 wines, compiled annually by the UK-based journalist, as well as winning Cellar Door of the Year at the Hunter Valley Legends & Wine Industry Awards last Thursday night.
We are excited to see what the year ahead has in store for Brokenwood Wines.
The next big Hunter Valley development is officially underway. Brokenwood Wines have broken ground on their highly anticipated Cellar Door complex, due to open in late 2018.
Along with the aim of boosting business, the new space will also bring more people to the Hunter region and increase local jobs.
Chief Winemaker and Managing Director, Iain Riggs said, “This marks a significant moment in Brokenwood’s history. Our current Cellar Door was built in the 70’s so this new venture means a lot to us, but most importantly it will allow for more fun and exciting wine experiences for our dedicated customers”.
Innovative architecture and design duo, Eduardo and Maria Villa from Sydney’s Villa & Villa were brought on board to create a “Home in the Hunter” for Brokenwood’s wine club members and the Hunter Valley’s growing tourism. Integrated Project Group will manage the construction.
The building will feature a mixed palette of natural materials and will house a range of flexible spaces, all themed around the enjoyment of great wine.
Gone is the traditional long central bar, instead, Brokenwood has opted for customer-focused wine pods. Guests can relax by a fire with a rare drop thanks to an Enomatic wine dispenser that will allow previously not-for-tasting and museum wines to be available.
Brokenwood will also feature a selection of wine on tap, which they have been successfully trialling in bars around the country.
General Manager, Geoff Krieger said, “Our entertainment terrace will have a revolving calendar of events, music, pop-up guest chefs and food trucks. Picnic packs will be available for parents to relax on the front lawn while kids play or explore our on-site veggie patch.”
An impressive wine museum will include floor to ceiling glass overlooking the working barrel shed and private dining rooms will be available for hire.
In a nod to Brokenwood legends past, a lookout and education space has been dedicated to long standing Vineyard Manager, the late Keith Barry (KB).
An announcement will soon be made on the appointment of a Chef, but fresh and local produce will dominate the seasonal menu in both the café and restaurant.
The current Brokenwood Wines Cellar Door will remain open throughout construction.
Brokenwood was founded as a hobby venture in 1970 by three Sydney based Lawyers, James Halliday and John Beeston who both attended the breaking ground event, and the late Tony Albert. The 2018 vintage will mark 36 years with Iain Riggs at the helm.
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