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Memorable Winery Experiences

Hot Air Ballooning, Hunter ValleyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple arriving for a sunrise hot air ballon ride in the Hunter Valley.

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Memorable Winery
Experiences

Hot Air Ballooning, Hunter Valley CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple arriving for a sunrise hot air ballon ride in the Hunter Valley.

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New South Wales is home to some of the nation’s most incredible wine regions, growing a variety of grapes in both cool and warm climates. Whether you venture to Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region north of Sydney, the southwest plains of the Riverina and Snowy Mountains, or small but important players such as Mudgee and Orange towards the west, there are plenty of wineries to explore. Here’s some of the more memorable ways to experience the variety of wine regions NSW has to offer. 

Take a cycling tour of Mudgee  

Hop on your bike and ride through the picturesque food and wine hub of Mudgee, a 3.5-hour drive northwest of Sydney. Home to more than 35 wineries and 44 grape varietals, Mudgee’s warmer days and cooler nights are great conditions for robust reds and riesling. Less than an hour’s bike ride from town is Robert Stein Winery, which also features renowned restaurant Pipeclay Pumphouse on its grounds. Other options 30 minutes away include Pieter Van Gent Winery & Vineyard and di Lusso Estate. Tour de Vines offers a two-night package that includes cycling visits to at least five wineries, accommodation and bike hire.  

On the way back to Sydney, take a detour to the cool-climate wine centre of Orange, around two hours from Mudgee, and sample cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and shiraz in Australia’s highest-altitude wine region. A few wine experiences to consider include Ferment, Philip Shaw and Heifer Station.  

Fly high in the Snowy Mountains 

Soar over the Snowy Mountains in style with a private ‘Vine to Wine’ tour with Truenorth Helicopters. Home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, and one of the country’s premier cold-climate wine regions, Tumbarumba, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and explore leading cellar doors such as Courabyra Wines during this half-day escape. You’ll also pay a visit to Braymont Gardens and fly above the Tumut State Forest and Batlow apple orchards.  

Renowned for shiraz, chardonnay and botrytis semillon, the Riverina is NSW’s largest wine producing region, covering a massive stretch of land from the northwest of the Snowy Mountains. Centered around the hub of Griffith, cellar doors to add to your itinerary include the pioneering De Bortoli Wines and Calabria Family Wines

Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Wines produced at Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard together with Robert Stein's Vintage Motorbike collection.

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Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Wines produced at Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard together with Robert Stein's Vintage Motorbike collection.

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Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba CREDIT: Destination NSW

Truenorth Helicopter on the grounds of Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba.

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Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba CREDIT: Destination NSW

Truenorth Helicopter on the grounds of Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba.

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Up and away over the Hunter 

Around two hours north from Sydney sits Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley. Start early with a hot air balloon ride, taking in panoramic views as the fog dissipates and the sun rises — operators include Balloon Aloft, Beyond Ballooning and Hunter Valley Ballooning. After landing, indulge in a champagne breakfast before further exploration of the valley, where the warm and humid conditions are ideal for quality semillon and shiraz. Book an exclusive Soil-to-Cellar Experience at one of the country’s most iconic vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Brokenwood Wines. This event includes a personal host for the day, private tasting in the Graveyard Tasting Room, an exclusive winery and vines tour, four-course degustation lunch and a bottle of the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz to take home. 

Waterfalls and wine 

Combine natural wonders and epicurean delights with Wild Food Adventures on one of their tours through the Southern Highlands region, a 90-minute drive southwest of Sydney. Wines of note produced in this high-altitude, cool-climate zone include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, which can be tasted at renowned wineries such as Centennial Vineyards, Sutton Forest Estate Wines and Tertini Wines. On the ‘Waterfalls, Wander, Wine’ tour, guests start the day with a visit to the breathtaking Carrington Falls in Budderoo National Park, replete with opportunities for spotting birds and mammals, and even the chance for a wild swim. The day continues with foodie stops in Bowral and a visit to boutique winery Artemis Wines in Mittagong, whose owners are known for planting the first Pinot Noir grapes in the region. 

Centennial Vineyards, Bowral CREDIT: Kramer Photography; www.kramer.photography

Autumn at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

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Centennial Vineyards, Bowral CREDIT: Kramer Photography; www.kramer.photography

Autumn at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

The scenic walk by the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park.

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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

The scenic walk by the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in Budderoo National Park.

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