Hilltops Food and Wine

Highlights

Enjoy tasting premium cool-climate reds in the beautiful Hilltops wine region around Young, the cherry capital of Australia in southwest NSW. You can pick your own cherries at pretty orchards, enjoy the fun National Cherry Festival, and savour delicious local produce and gourmet delights.

  • The Pantry on Pudman - Boorowa
  • Cellar Door at Grove Estate Winery, Young

Tasty food and wine in the Hilltops

From elegant wines to juicy cherries, the Young region is a delicious escape in southwest NSW. Treat yourself to moreish food and wine experiences, including wine tasting in the acclaimed Hilltops wine region, festivals and markets, gourmet delights, and picking your own stone fruit at pretty orchards.

In the cherry capital of Australia, the rich red soil, high altitude and distinct seasons are ideal for cool-climate wine grapes and stone fruits. At Hilltops Region Wine Cellar taste a fine selection of local wines and visit award-winning wineries directly, such as Grove Estate and Chalkers Crossing.

Grove Estate Winery - Young Capital Country

There are winery and orchard tours, too. Hilltops Wine Tours will take you on a guided tour of wineries and orchards in this beautiful region. The wineries are renowned for premium red wines with flavour intensity that will age well, and more than 20 orchards grow over 10 types of cherries.

A delightful events calendar includes the famous National Cherry Festival, a three-day celebration in December with a cherry pie eating competition. Enjoy traditional country shows and taste the fresh produce at Young and Region Farmers Market, held on the first and third Saturday of the month.

Cherry Haven Orchard - Young

In the charming towns and villages of Young, Boorowa, Harden-Murrumburrah and Jugiong are many enticing things to do and see. You can browse gourmet food shops selling regional delights, and there are plenty of tasty cafes and restaurants as well as classic country pubs serving hearty meals.

With a cafe and views of Young, the Bluestill Distillery produces hand-crafted Australian spirits including vodka, bourbon, gin, rum, brandy and cherry port. Wilders Bakery in Young has been operating for more than 60 years and is the home of award-winning cherry pies, a yummy treat.

Food and wine in the Hilltops

Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery, Young

The regions high altitude, coupled with long summer and autumn seasons, provide excellent ripening conditions resulting in intense-flavoured wines. Sample them at the Hilltops Regional Wine Cellar which pours a selection of 60 wines from 12 local producers in one convenient location. Tour the area by car and visit local wineries such as Chalkers Crossing, Grove Estate and Lindsays Woodonga Hill.

The Bluestill Distillery produces a unique range of hand-crafted Australian spirits including vodka, bourbon, gin, rum, brandy and cherry port. The distillery overlooks the Young township and has an on-site caf and art gallery, making it a popular destination to enjoy a break.

Explore the nations cherry capital by picking your own cherries at Youngs many orchards including Allambie, Ballinaclash, Hill Lock, Lavender Hill, Wombat Heights and Willayoung. The town comes alive during the National Cherry Festival in December with cherry pie eating contests, food markets, live music and more.

For fresh local produce head to the Young & Region Farmers Market held on the first and third Saturday of each month. Wilders Bakery has been operating for more than 60 years and is the home of award-winning cherry pies. Taste locally-roasted coffee blends at Art of Espresso, visit the Harden House of Honey, and stop in at Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil.