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Food and wine - Armidale


Food and wine of the New England Region

The New England region around Armidale and Tenterfield produces cool climate wines as well as niche produce such as trout, olives and pasta. Book a degustation dinner in Armidale or grab a picnic hamper featuring local organic produce. Taste the stunning home-grown produce on the Namoi region at the annual food and wine festival, Nosh on the Namoi

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NSW's New England region - food and wine

The New England region of NSW has been traditionally the State's verdant agricultural belt, famous for its strong focus on traditional farming such as beef, sheep, poultry, grains, dairy and pasture.

More recently, this region has created ripples of excitement in the national wine industry. NSW's newest wine region now has more than 20 cellar doors selling local wines with the focus on cool climate varieties. The unique climate is due to the subtropical influence of summer rainfall combined with temperate cold winters. Today it comprises several emerging wine districts. Around Armidale, there are many cellar doors that are well worth a visit including Petersons of Armidale Winery, Thunder Ridge Wines and Why Worry Wines

Major towns in the region such as Armidale have a reputation for offering fine dining opportunities while regional food and wine events in Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Moree and Namoi attract food lovers from around Australia and the world.

Being a new wine region, the jury is still out as to which varieties stand out and dominate, however, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, shiraz and pinot noir are all showing clear promise.

There are also plenty of places to buy fresh produce from the farmgate and regular growers' markets on weekends. For example, recently Tamworth has experienced a growth in the niche agricultural ventures such as olives, nuts, fish farming, honey, hydroponics and berries. Regional food and wine events are a great way to get a taste of local produce. Highlights include the Walcha Agricultural Show in March and Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival in January. Armidale also has a reputation for good dining establishments ranging from cafes to the stylish Bistro on Cinders; at nearby Uralla, you'll dine well at Merilba Estate Winery and Restaurant.