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
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.
Pinot noir and pinot gris are acknowledged specialties of the region, however the areas 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. Bernies Diner in Moss Vale first opened its doors in 1925 and serves classic diner-style food, while Caf 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 caf. 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 diners tables.
Enjoy a visit to the Werai Teahouse and Nursery with over 25 different flavours of tea, great coffee and the most divine cakes and sweet treats. Everything is baked fresh on the premises. Relax on the...
Joadja Vineyards and Winery is the oldest vineyard and winery in the Southern Highlands wine area (established 30 years). You can enjoy the beautiful scenic vineyards and award-winning cool-climate wi...
Marist Brothers Wines have come a long way since the first planting of Pinot Noir in 1999 to the release of their first vintage port for the Centenary of the Hermitage. Visitors to the Hermitage are n...
Artemis Wines is a family run winery situated in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. Established in 1996 the winemakers Antony and Mark Balog exhibit a passion to produce wines of Europe...