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Friday 23 February 2024

The Little Wine Company goes for Broke

On the verge of celebrating a quarter of a century in the winemaking business, The Little Wine Company has announced the opening of its new cellar door in the Hunter Valley hamlet of Broke.

Founded by Suzanne and Ian Little in 2000, The Little Wine Company has been a regional leader in the production of alternative grape varieties, and the Broke Fordwich region has been the family home for three decades.

The new facility, open from March 8, will operate in addition to the Wine House collective cellar door in Pokolbin, which offers wines from several producers.

“The Broke Fordwich region has been our home for nearly 30 years; it’s where our kids were born and raised, it’s where we built our winery and it’s where the majority of our grapes are grown, so it just feels right.” says Suzanne Little.

Ian Little says their brand - which is distributed by Single Vineyard Sellers - has struck a chord with adventurous consumers.

“The increasing curiosity of wine consumers prompted Suzanne and I to explore and cultivate alternative grape varieties, which are flourishing," he says.

"This strategic shift towards diverse and resilient varietals is also contributing to the sustainability of The Little Wine Company as a brand.”

To mark the opening of their new Broke cellar door rhe Littles are extending a special offer.

Throughout April 2024, patrons spending $100 or more at the new cellar door will receive a complimentary bottle from the White Label range as a gesture of gratitude for continued support.

Wine lovers can also join a Little Masterclass on March 16-17 - part of the Little Bit of Broke festival - where Suzanne will share six wines with six food pairings.

The new tasting facility is located next to Magoony’s Coffee House.

Among my recommendations: the excellent, shiny 2023 Vermentino (great with kedgeree) and the crisp and vibrant 2023 Pecorino, one of the first releases of this Italian varietal in Australia. Both offer excellent drinking for $26 a bottle. 

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