Southern Highlands Food and Wine
The first vines were planted here in 1983. Although young, the Southern Highlands’ wine scene is home to more than 60 vineyards specialising in pinot noir and pinot gris. The region encompasses the towns of Exeter, Moss Vale, Sutton Forrest, Bowral, Berrima and Mittagong.
Southern Highlands Food and Wine
Pinot noir and pinot gris are acknowledged specialties of the region, however the area’s wine producers are also cultivating impressive cool-climate chardonnay, merlot, riesling, sauvignon blanc and shiraz, as well as producing award-winning sparkling wines.
For a memorable fine dining experience, stop in at the award-winning Biota Dining in Bowral, that supports local growers with its menu focusing on seasonal artisan produce. Eschalot in Berrima operates from a beautiful heritage sandstone building and offers flavours highlighting regional European influences. Bernie’s Diner in Moss Vale first opened its doors in 1925 and serves classic diner-style food, while Café Rosso in Bowral specialises in Italian food.
Tennessee Orchard features a farm gate shed where you can purchase local produce. The Old Robertson Cheese Factory stocks a wide range of local and imported cheeses and has an on-site café. The forested areas in the region are also home to several truffle farms as well as the popular Li-Sun Exotic Mushroom Tunnel Tour, run three times a year by FoodPath.
Wander through the fruit trees and purchase a range of jams, jellies and other condiments all prepared on-site. Accommodation is also available at the Montrose Cottage, first built in 1861 and surrounded by a lush English garden.
Meet the people behind the produce on a farm tour, market tour or walking tour. FoodPath also runs group workshops and cooking classes covering preserving, jam making, sausage production, pizza and pastry making.
Biota Dining in Bowral has won numerous awards for its food, wine list and sustainable practice. The restaurant takes the words “locally-produced” to a new level, with many of the ingredients on the menu grown metres from diner’s tables.
Situated on the Moss Vale Golf Course amongst the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, the Dormie House restaurant is an historic establishment with a welcoming environment. It is perfect for a ca...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/moss-vale/restaurant/the-dormie-house
Exeter Studios Restaurant is set amongst immaculate gardens in New South Wales' Southern Highlands. The property is half-way between Sydney and Canberra and just over an hour from Wollongong. The mode...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/exeter/restaurant/exeter-studio-restaurant
Sometimes the most traditional preparation and cooking techniques are the best, and that's what keeps regulars of Esco Pazzo Restaurant in Mittagong returning for second, third and fourth servings. Ho...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/mittagong/restaurant/esco-pazzo
Celebrating seasonal cooking in the Southern Highlands, Bendooley Bar and Grill is an ideal venue to take some time out from city life. With serene country views over the Bendooley Estate winery, gues...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/berrima/restaurant/bendooley-bar-and-grill
Feast at McVitty restaurant offers superb food, wine and views of the rolling Southern Highlands landscape that diners will not find anywhere else. From its elevated position on the beautiful McVitty ...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/mittagong/restaurant/feast-at-mcvitty
Owned and operated by three Italian families, Southern Highland Wines is located on an 83 acre estate in Sutton Forest. The restaurant, located at the cellar door, offers beautiful views of the vineya...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/moss-vale/restaurant/the-restaurant-at-southern-highland-wines
Emmanuel Benardos first opened Bernie's Diner in Moss Vale in 1925 and the Governer-General was one of his regular milkshake-drinking customers. Now, it's Benardos' grandson, Ioannis, who has brought ...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/southern-highlands/moss-vale/restaurant/bernies-diner