Awarded Best Food & Wine Restaurant in Australian Tourism Awards 2012.
Premium wine producer Margan is based in the picturesque Hunter Valley village of Broke. Visitors can relax in the stunning rammed earth tasting room and sample new release, limited release and aged vintage wines.
Margan is awarded a 5 star winery rating in James Hallidays Wine Guide as well as having been awarded 16 major wine show trophies both domestically and internationally.
All Margan wines are estate-grown and estate-made from the Margan’s old vine vineyards in the Broke.
For the complete food and wine experience, enjoy lunch or dinner in Margan Restaurant - Best Tourism Restaurant in NSW & Hunter - where Mediterranean inspired cuisine is matched with award winning wines. The restaurant uses local produce as well as what is grown in it’s own 1 acre Kitchen Garden. Dine al fresco overlooking the vineyard with sweeping views to the mountains or inside in air conditioned comfort.
The striking Margan Barrel Room is also a great place for weddings and other celebrations.
Located in the Hunter Valley, the beautiful Broke Fordwich Valley has quietly developed into a quality wine tourism region where visitors can enjoy premium Hunter Valley wines, olive oils and farm gate products, wonderful restaurants and cafes, luxury accommodation and most importantly, a tranquil rural experience which is far removed from the hustle and bustle.
It is an easy fifteen minutes from the centre of Pokolbin and about two hours drive from Sydney via the historic township of Wollombi.
Experience the relaxed and charming atmosphere of the region and meet the ‘people who do’ the vignerons, the olive growers, the winemakers and farm gate producers.
Broke Fordwich is like a secret ….. one you can’t wait to share!
Andrew Margan’s family first planted grapevines in the Hunter Valley in the 1960’s on the DeBeyers property bordering Tyrrells in Pokolbin. As well as two science degrees, Andrew had a ‘hands on’ apprenticeship with the late, great Murray Tyrrell who was one of the best winegrowers of his time. He taught the importance of the relationship between vineyard and the finished wine, which is exactly what Andrew has based his current wine growing philosophy on.
To further his experience, Andrew also spent six years as a ‘flying winemaker’ travelling between European and Australian vintages several times per year. He was mainly based in the Bordeaux wine region of France (including a year as winemaker at Chateau Rahoul in the Graves) but also made wine in the newly reformed C.I.S. State of Moldova.
During the 20 vintages he spent at Tyrrells he was involved at many levels, including the winemaker in charge of all the non-wooded white wines (and all of the semillons) from 1989 till 1994.
In 1997, having achieved the status of Marketing Manager at Tyrrells, Andrew decided to fulfill a long held dream and launch his own wine brand named, MARGAN. He and wife Lisa chose to settle in the beautiful Broke Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley.
They now have 100 hectares of low yielding 40 year old vines (originally established by Lindemans and Saxonvale), as well as a state-of the art winery. In 2007, the 10th anniversary of MARGAN, Andrew and Lisa opened their stylish new cellar door and restaurant at the Broke Home Block Vineyard.
Andrew places immense importance on making wines in a style that suits the vineyards where the grapes are grown and making his own wines in his own winery, and putting his name on the bottle of unblended wine as a point of difference. He believes the market will recognise the integrity of this model and support it over the concept brands or the faceless ones.