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.
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.
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.
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.