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Thursday 9 November 2017

Exciting new wine precinct unveiled for the Hunter Valley

Brokenwood Wines, one of biggest brands in the Hunter Valley, has broken ground on a new cellar door and restaurant 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," said chief winemaker and managing director Iain Riggs. 

"Our current cellar door was built in the 70s 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," Riggs added.   

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 numbers.

John Beeston, James Halliday, Iain Riggs.
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 to all. 

Iain Riggs, front, excavator, back.
Brokenwood will also feature a selection of wine on tap, which have been successfully trialled in bars around the country.

“Our entertainment terrace will have a revolving calendar of events, music, pop-up guest chefs and food trucks," said general manager Geoff Krieger. 

"Picnic packs will be available for parents to relax on the front lawn while kids play or explore our on-site veggie patch.”

The planned new buildings.
A wine museum will include floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the working barrel shed, and private dining rooms will be available for hire.

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 on-site cafĂ© 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 yesterday’s event, and the late Tony Albert. The 2018 vintage will mark 36 years with Iain Riggs as Brokenwood's guiding light. 

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