Brokenwood Wines was established in 1970. Starting with a small vineyard located at Pokolbin in Hunter Valley, it has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia's most reputable wine labels. Today it produces 17 different wines from McLaren Vale, Bechworth King Valley, Padthaway and Cowra in addition to the Hunter Valley. A syndicate of 23 and run owns it by the extremely capable Ian Riggs. Recently the winemaking team has been strengthened by the hiring of Peter-James Charteris, who was responsible for the creation of Yattarna at Penfolds.
Brokenwood's Semillon was first produced in 1983, along with a wood-matured version. Both wines were made until 1989, when Iain Riggs took the decision - bravely to discontinue the wooded style. It is now widely recognised as one of the Hunter Valley's finest examples of unwooded Semillon.