New England Food and Wine

Highlights

Enjoy the fine food and wine of the beautiful New England high country, including cool-climate wines, moreish cheeses, prime lamb and juicy beef. Tour wineries and craft breweries, visit classic pubs and hip bars, and browse farmers markets and have fun at food and wine festivals.

  • The Welders Dog, Armidale
  • Merilba Estate, Armidale

Tasty delights in New England

From wine tasting to delicious festivals, you’ll love the elegant cool-climates wines, craft breweries and distilleries, and fresh produce in the beautiful New England wine region of NSW. A fun way to experience the tasty delights is to join a tour with the New England Foodie Trail.

Tours include various tastings – wine, cheese, beer and cider - as well as a scrumptious lunch. A scenic drive in New England’s pretty countryside is charming. Green pastures produce some of Australia’s finest lamb and beef, and the rolling vineyards grow grapes for award-winning wines.

New England countryside

In the picturesque Armidale area of the New England wine region are acclaimed wineries. Petersons Armidale Winery and Thunder Ridge are near the vibrant city of Armidale. A short drive southwest, near pretty Uralla, is Merilba Estate, Whyworry Wines, and Eastview Estate and Dobson’s Distillery.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the area, which is near spectacular natural attractions including Australia’s second-highest waterfall and World Heritage rainforests. Petersons Guesthouse is in the Petersons Armidale Winery, where the Cellar Door is open for tastings and lunch on weekends.

There are more quality restaurants and cafes, and hip bars and classic pubs such as the Welders Dog and Wicklow Hotel that serve local wines. Merilba features a restaurant with charming views and the New England Cider Co. For beer tasting, try the New England Brewing Co. in a converted woolstore.

You can browse local seasonal produce and gourmet products at the Armidale Farmers Market, held on the first and third Sunday of every month, and at the monthly Walcha Farmers Market in Walcha. Other fun family events include the annual Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival in Guyra in January.

  1. Cafe Graze

    Offering great coffee and fabulous food with friendly, welcoming staff. As well as being one of Walcha's favourite spots for coffee and a bite to eat, Cafe Graze also sells giftware, jewellery, cards and delicious...

  2. Studio 52 Cafe

    Discover the art of food at Studio 52 Cafe when you visit the New England Regional Art Museum. Here you can take a relaxing break from browsing the galleries and taste fresh local flavours and produce...

  3. The Welders Dog

    Experience a huge range of craft beverages, local, regional, international craft beers and local award winning wines and spirits,Drink Less Taste More - that's what they believe in.They are all about a...

  4. The Wicklow Hotel

    The Wicklow Hotel has been a part of Armidale since 1852. Originally named the Armidale Hotel, it is the New England region's oldest licensed establishment. The Wicklow offers an extensive menu, an impressive wine...

  5. Thunder Ridge Wines

    Thunder Ridge's vineyard and cellar door is situated on Castledoyle Road, just 12 minutes east of Armidale in the New England region of NSW.The synthesis of granite soils, cold winters and cool to...

  6. Walcha Royal Cafe

    The Walcha Royal Cafe is another one of Walcha's favourite coffee haunts, also offering great breakfasts and lunches. The Royal Cafe is an old Hotel building which has been converted into a cafe boutique...

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