Food and wine in Young
Young is at the centre of the Hilltops wine region, which is gaining a reputation for premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz. The neighbouring towns, Boorowa and Harden, are also part of this region that's famous for its fresh produce, particularly cherries and other stone fruit from plums to nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs.
Wine grapes were first planted here in the 1800s during the gold rush era; today, the region has 13 wine producers and five cellar doors. Wines from Hilltops have a distinctive cool-climate character but at the same time are full and rich in flavour.
The Hilltops Region Wine Cellar located in the Young Visitor Information Centre is a great place to enjoy a taste for regional varieties. It showcases 60 wines from local vineyards, in one convenient location. If you're keen to visit local vineyards, check out Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door, Chalkers Crossing Winery, Grove Estate Wines, Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery and Moppity Vineyards.
Stock up on local honey from the Harden House of Honey or pick your own fruit fresh from the farm at Petal Falls Orchard and Torry Hill Orchard. You'll find sweet, juicy cherries are the star attraction at the National Cherry Festival held each cherry season, in December at Young.