the Hunter’s crown.
From a distance, Leogate Estate’s pavilion-style building commands a definite presence sited on the crest of the hill, accessed along a winding driveway, past the dam after entering the striking wrought-iron double gates with the Lions insignia.
The owners, Bill and Vicki Widin, are Angus cattle producers from south of Tamworth, near Nundle, NSW who purchased Brokenback Vineyard back in 2008. What better marriage could there be than a prime beef steak matched with a glass of premium red wine?
“I guess you could say I have had late-life romanticism,” said Bill. I knew nothing about vineyards, and it was a steep learning curve, especially when I realised you had to have a winery as well to produce the wine.” However, over the years, Bill has become quite astute with his wine knowledge and takes a strong interest in the production process of his label.
The site, bordering on the corner of Broke and Hermitage Roads, was the original Brokenback Vineyard planted in the mid-to-late 1970s by a Rothbury Estate Syndicate led by the late Len Evans AO, MBE. Over the ensuing years the vines have produced premium wines which have been sold under a variety of labels…
Story: Marilyn Collins. Photography: Justin Langford.