A diverse topography gives New England a unique edge: high-altitude cool-climate vineyards feature along the mountain spine of the Great Dividing Range, while lower and warmer vineyards exist on the western edges of the New England tablelands. The region includes Australia’s highest vineyard at 1,320 m above sea level at Black Mountain.
New England is the newest NSW district to be classified as a wine region. At around 1,000 m above sea level, the Armidale and Tenterfield areas produce cooler climate and high-altitude wines, while the Peel and Gwydir Valleys to the south and west produce warmer climate wines. Key producers include Blicking Estate, Topper's Mountain, Wright Robertson of Glencoe and Zappa Wines.
Merilba Estate Winery and Restaurant has beautiful views over the hills of Uralla. Petersons Armidale Winery also features a restaurant and is located in a restored homestead built in 1911. Rene on the Muse in Armidale features quality cuisine, and The Wicklow Hotel nearby is the oldest licensed establishment in New England, operating since 1852. Try fresh local beer at the New England Brewing Co set in an historic converted woolstore in Uralla.
The Armidale Farmers Market is held on the first and third Sunday of every month. Browse the market stalls to find gourmet local produce including pates by Charlie Rays Food Fusion, Deanos Spring Water Smoked Trout range, and Freshly Berried's ice creams and desserts. You can find great coffee in Armidale at the Altitude Coffee Roastery Caf and Caffiends on Marsh.