The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
New England Food and Wine
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, Thunder Ridge Wines and Zappa Wines.
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.