The Grape Escape

Digging her hands into the rich, fertile soil overlooked by the majesty of the Brokenback Range, Anne Greenway knew she had come to the right place.
Like many Sydneysiders before them, the respected architect and her family were searching for that elusive tree change oasis, away from the business of city life. And after chancing upon the 30 acre property in the peaceful Lower Hunter village of Broke it didn’t take Anne long to know
this was the one; with its bubbling brook, large tracts of native bushland and row upon row of established grapevines. “When we found this, we were looking for a holiday house – my husband’s got a building background, I’m an architect, so we were looking for somewhere to build a holiday home,” Anne said. “In a roundabout way we found this property and I just fell in love with it, particularly down the lower brook area right beside the creek. I thought, ‘this is magic’.  

The cellar door has been open for the past 18 months and is starting to gain some real traction with wine connoisseurs looking for something a little different. Running it has certainly been a labour of love for Anne, with 5am rises and a two-and-a-half hour trip north from Sydney to prepare the ‘big red barn’ for a weekend of trade.

Read more about Greenway Wines in Edition 92, Summer 2018/2019 of Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine.
Story and photography by Michelle Meehan