Hilltops Food and Wine
The Hilltops wine region on the south western slopes of the Great Dividing Range is centred around the townships of Boorowa, Harden and Young. Aside from its powerful cool-climate wines, of which cabernet sauvignon and shiraz are the most highly regarded, Young is also known as the cherry capital of Australia.
Food and wine in the Hilltops
The region’s high altitude, coupled with long summer and autumn seasons, provide excellent ripening conditions resulting in intense-flavoured wines. Sample them at the Hilltops Regional Cellar Door 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 café and art gallery, making it a popular destination to enjoy a break.
Explore the nation’s cherry capital by picking your own cherries at Young’s 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.
Hilltops area food and wine experiences
Pick your own cherries and apricots in season. Taste the various varieties of cherries as you pick your own fruit straight off the tree. There is nothing more delicious than fresh fruit plucked straig...