Many of us are fortunate if we are ever able to follow our passion – let alone work in a profession we are passionate about. But for ex-jockey turned wine-maker David Fromberg, being able to follow and work with his two passions – training racehorses and winemaking is as good as it gets. Both requiring a significant amount of passion, skill and patience.
As a winemaker passionate about creating wines, David opened his cellar door for his Running Horse Wines label in 2018 - almost two decades after he first planted vines on his family’s 56-acre property at Broke.
Now open to the public these past 12 months, Running Horse Wines is located within the picturesque surrounds of the Broke Fordwich region and with a such a beautiful landscape around him, David knew his cellar door had to be something special so that visitors could appreciate and experience the wonderful views while enjoying his wine.
Designed by his friend and architect David Kaunitz, the cellar door has been constructed using six elevated shipping containers that have been artfully repurposed with extensive use of glass to open them up to the surrounding landscape overlooking the iconic Yellow Rock Escarpment.
The interior is equally as impressive with timber, glass, copper and steel featuring prominently, with a mass display of wine bottles creating an eye-catching feature along one wall. The true centrepiece of the space, however, is the gleaming glass-topped bar, which incorporates a series of light panels that help to showcase the colour and clarity of the wine being tasted.
What’s most impressive about Running Horse Wines, however, is what is in the bottles. David is one of the few vignerons in the region specifically producing aged wines, with his range including varieties of Semillon, Verdelho, Rose and Shiraz.
"At the cellar door, we offer vertical tastings – tasting wines that are 12-years-old and are still drinking wonderfully but have real bottle-aged characters coming through. Semillons that are 13 years old that still look like they’re six years old, or Verdelhos that are the same, they just age fantastically well."
“The 2005, 2006 and 2011 Shiraz are particularly good right now, offering a classic, spicy Hunter bouquet that complements the smooth palate of cherries and subtle mint, with silky tannins and hints of chocolate and vanilla from 18 months maturation in new French Oak,” said David.
The uniqueness and quality of the wines at Running Horse Wines is fast catching on with visitors to the Cellar Door posting exceptional reviews on travel review sites such as Trip Advisor which has a 100% "excellent" review rating with comments that include "Best Wine in the Hunter Region", "Unique Tasting Room and a Wonderful Host", "Superlative", "A Must Visit", "Best Cellar Door", "The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had at a Cellar Door", "You Must Visit and Taste These Wines" and my favourite "We Love Dave!"
Why not take the opportunity to visit Running Horse Wines and find out for yourself?