Food and wine
There are many food and wine regions in Country NSW that produce delicious produce. From Mudgee, take your pick of regions within easy driving distance and turn your trip into a food and wine trail. Check out the Orange area, the Hunter Valley and the New England wine region centred on Tamworth and Armidale.
Food and wine around Mudgee
Vineyards were established as early as the 1850s around Mudgee - and, today, one of the highlights of a visit to the region is to taste local wines. The specialty is red, especially cabernet sauvignon and shiraz and you can sample them at one of the 40 wineries in the area.
There are some novel ways to travel around the vineyards such as hiring a bike or via a cellar door tour to taste the wide range of local specialities as well as dessert wines and organic vintages.
Food and wine events are regular fixtures on Mudgee's events calendar. Sample fresh gourmet produce at the Mudgee Farmers' Markets, held on the third Saturday of each month - lookout for honey, cheese and olive oils. In July, you can learn about farm life at the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days, now in its 34th year; in September, the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival attracts visitors who have a real passion for good wine and fine food.
Don't miss local produce from the Farmer's Pantry, High Valley Wine and Cheese Co. and local brews from the Mudgee Brewing Company.
Burnbrae Winery & Vineyard
If you are interested in sustainable agriculture, visit Burnbrae Winery and Vineyard. The winery not only produces a number of wines that have been recognised in major wine shows, it does this by following sustainable agricultural practices. Here you can sample their fine wines, try a delicious tasting platter, and marvel at the views over the valley.
For those with a hankering for Spanish varieties, visit Vinifera Wines, a boutique family owned winery that specialises in Spanish blends. Vinifera Wines offers visitors award-winning wine, tapas, stunning views, and even a game of croquet.
With a recently opened tasting room, and three first-rate labels, boutique winery Logan Wines is a well worth a visit. Tasting plates are available, and several times a year, the winery hosts special degustation events with wine matching.
Just 40 minutes from Mudgee in the sleepy town of Rylstone is 29 Nine 99. The tiny space doubles as a yum cha restaurant and gift shop and attracts customers that travel from afar just to sample their...www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/central-west/rylstone/restaurant/29-nine-99
Located on Mudgee's main street, Mudgee Brewing Company is a popular venue, serving handcrafted ales alongside hearty, filling food. Formerly an historic wool store, the venue has been restored to its...www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/central-west/mudgee/restaurant/mudgee-brewing-company
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Blue Wren Restauarant is one of Mudgee's best restaurants. The Modern Australian menu, created by head Chef Damien Beard, using the freshest local ingredients. Just outside the Mudgee township, gaze o...www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/central-west/mudgee/restaurant/blue-wren-wines