The Grape Escape

The desire for a tree change took Sydneysider Anne Greenway on an unexpected journey that led to a burgeoning boutique winery, Greenway Wines.

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’. I put my hands into the soil, literally, because both my parents were horticulturalists and I knew what I was looking for. I felt the soil and its richness and knew there was something special here.”

Read more in issue 92 of Hunter & Coastal Lifestyle Magazine.
Story and photographs by Michelle Meehan