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Enjoy a taste of Italy in Hunter Valley


Following a two-year hiatus, the much-loved A Little Bit of Italy in Broke festival returns to the Hunter Valley this weekend.

And, in 2022, in its 16th rendition – from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May – it’s back better than ever.

Firstly, there’s a choose your own adventure-style wine tasting option.

Grab a Festival Starter Kit online and choose from any four, or more, cellar doors that you and your crew can visit.

Make it a day or double up and check-in Saturday and Sunday.

For $30, you’ll receive a take home Zafferano glass, festival map and a minimum of four tasting experiences that you book at your chosen wineries.

Or, hop onto and work your way around the super Special Events program, which could see you becoming a master in cocktail making, Italian wine, art or pasta making.

You could kick off an all-Italian weekend on Friday evening with a casual Benvenuto to Broke dinner at Smokin Hot n Saucy at Somerville Wines or a more elegant courtyard dining experience at the majestical Margan Wines for their Benvenuta feast.

On Saturday, let your inner artist come alive at either Whispering Brook’s Art and Sip sesh at 10am or 2pm or join renowned artist Felicia Aroney as she guides you through a still life masterclass at whimsical Winmark Wines where art, wine and sculpture is at the fore.

If you’re more inclined to learn the art of cocktail making or keen to brush up on your Italian wine skills, let Margan take you into their private theatre for these two curated masterclasses.

Cocktails led by one of Australia’s leading mixologists Ollie Margan or let dynamic duo Lisa and Andrew Margan impart their love of Italian wine (using some top shelf Italians from their personal cellars) on you over a one hour tutored tasting.

There are a few seats remaining beyond the Red Door at Greenway where you’ll immerse yourself in pasta making or wine and chocolate matching.

There’s also plenty to eat along every step of your journey.

So, work yourself an itinerary either along Milbrodale Road, Broke Road or both.

Mount Broke, known for its fabulous pizza, will open for lunch and dinner all weekend while Nightingale offers its fabulous all-day Italian-inspired fare from early morning espresso to antipasto.

Krinklewood Wines will present antipasto and organic wine tastings, too. For more information, visit

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