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The wine lovers’ guide to NSW

Cupitt's Winery, UlladullaCREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying wine at Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla.

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The wine lovers’
guide to NSW

Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying wine at Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla.

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From sampling semillon in the Hunter Valley to trying cool-climate wines in the Riverina region and exploring the Mudgee and Orange regions west of the Blue Mountains, there are great wineries to visit across New South Wales. 

Start your wine journey in Sydney 

You’ll find a cellar doors within a 15-minute drive of Sydney city centre. Enjoy a hands-on winemaking experience at Urban Winery, at Moore Park, where you can help plunge the grapes and taste straight from the barrel. And at Handpicked Wines Cellar Door, in Chippendale on the fringe of the city centre, you’ll find the acclaimed Handpicked range plus a sensory bar and cheese platters

Seek out what’s new in the Hunter Valley 

Not only can the oldest vineyards can be found in NSW’s best-known winemaking region, the Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive north of Sydney, but some of the state’s newest cellar doors, too. On Broke Road, in the centre of the Hunter wine trail, call in on Vamp by Lisa McGuigan, a renowned fourth-generation winemaker. Just around the corner, Brokenwood Wines opened a stunning cellar door at the end of 2018. Others to tick off include Piggs Peake, with a great restaurant and edgy atmosphere; Audrey Wilkinson, for a vineyard picnic; and Usher Tinkler Wines, in a restored church.

Relax on the Shoalhaven Coast  

The Shoalhaven Coast wine region, just over two hours’ drive south of Sydney, offers a blend of pristine beaches and hinterland wineries. Visit the Coolangatta Estate Winery, where you can stay in convict-built cottages. Crooked River Wines and Roselea Vineyard are close to the beaches of Gerringong. A special place for lunch is Cupitt’s Estate, near Milton. And on the way home, visit Two Figs Winery, which has a sunlit tasting space with breathtaking views.

Go with the flow on the Hastings River 

From its source high in the wilderness to its mouth near Port Macquarie, a four-hour drive north of Sydney, the Hastings River runs through a glorious valley, home to a cluster of boutique wineries. Expect bold whites and earthy reds. At Bago Maze and Winery, wander through the native lilly pilly hedge maze, then settle in for a picnic with a cheese grazing platter. Douglas Vale Historic Homestead has a storied past dating back to 1859 and produces varietals such as villard blanc and chambourcin.  

Embrace organic in Cowra and Canowindra 

Cowra, a four-hour drive west of Sydney, is a thriving hub with an up-and-coming wine region and a gorgeous Japanese garden. Canowindra is renowned for organic wines, such as those produced by Rosnay Organic Wines, which also has olive and fig orchards. Also in Canowindra is Wallington Wines, a smaller, biodynamic vineyard with a straw bale cellar door, and Windowrie, which produces the award-winning Pig in the House range. Cowra’s Quarry Cellar Door offers tastings of many of the region’s best wines, some of which don’t have their own cellar doors.  

Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of Brokenwood Wines in Pokolbin.

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Brokenwood Wines, Pokolbin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Exterior view of Brokenwood Wines in Pokolbin.

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Bendooley Estate, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Autumn at Bendooley Estate, Berrima.

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Bendooley Estate, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Autumn at Bendooley Estate, Berrima.

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Soak up the country charm in Mudgee 

Excellent restaurants, colonial architecture, and a convivial atmosphere make for an unforgettable time in Mudgee, a 3.5-hour drive northwest of Sydney. You can find more than 35 cellar doors showcasing more then 40 varietals. Logan Wines has a striking glass tasting room overlooking the vineyard. At biodynamic Lowe Wines, buy some local produce on site and enjoy wine and a platter on the lawn. Other top wineries include First RidgeMoothi Estate and Bunamagoo Estate Wines. On the grounds of the Robert Stein Winery you’ll find Pipeclay Pumphouse, which specialises in paddock-to-plate dining. 

Enjoy the wine and food scene in Orange 

With its high altitude and volcanic soils, the food and wine region of Orange, a 3.5-hour drive north-west of Sydney, produces crisp chardonnay and citrus-edged sparkling wines. One of the oldest wineries is Philip Shaw, where you can order a bottle of The Conductor Merlot and sit by the fire, or sample The Architect Chardonnay with cheese and olives outside in the sunshine. Nashdale Lane Wines offers exceptional wines including pinot noirs and rieslings, as well as glamping tents, while Swinging Bridge provides a wonderful Picnic in the Vines experience.

Get to know Griffith 

Griffith, in the Riverina region, a six-hour drive southwest of Sydney, has a strong food and wine culture. The De Bortoli family has been producing wine at Bilbul, just outside Griffith, since 1928. Visit the cellar door and enjoy a bottle of wine under a pergola in the garden. Calabria Family Wines also has a long history here, and a Tuscan-style cellar door in Griffith. Yarran Wines is a smaller winery producing shiraz, chardonnay and more. You can sample a selection of Griffith’s best food and wine on a bespoke outing with Bella Vita Riverina Tours.  

Savour the Southern Highlands 

Explore the Southern Highlands, a 90-minute drive southwest of Sydney, for long lunches, hearty red wines and famous flower gardens. You can even cycle between vineyards. Peppergreen Estate has a lovely cellar door in a former antiques store in Berrima, where you’ll also find Bendooley Estate, a magnificent property with luxurious cottages, a restaurant and a grand cellar door. Centennial Vineyards, in Bowral, offers tasting experiences including a pinot noir flight, and a restaurant overlooking the vines.  

Explore the Canberra District 

The relatively young Canberra District wine region offers an exciting mix of traditional styles and exciting blends — riesling and shiraz being the hero varieties. In Murrambateman, Shaw Wines produces some of Australia’s best cabernet sauvignon and offers wine tasting experiences that include access to a private cellar. At the Contentious Character winery, in the hills of Wamboin, try the Agreeable Wine Stubborn Vine Pinot Noir or the Stop and Smell the Rosé. Head to Clonakilla for its bold reds, Poacher’s Pantry for natural wood-smoked meats and Poachers wine, and Tallagandra Hill Wines, where you’ll find cottage accommodation.

Go deep on the South Coast  

On the South Coast, the Eurobodalla region,about a four-hour drive south of Sydney, is a sensational foodie destination with a handful of boutique wineries, country pubs, great oysters and decadent cheeses. Pop into Tilba Valley Winery and Alehouse for a grazing plate and local wine. Further south, the Sapphire Coast wine industry is in its infancy but a well worth exploring. Mimosa Wines has an excellent cellar door and interesting varietals such as savagnin and verdelho.  

Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope.

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Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope.

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Lowe Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience with winemaker David Lowe at Lowe Wines, Mudgee.

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Lowe Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience with winemaker David Lowe at Lowe Wines, Mudgee.

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