Restaurants and Wine Tours in NSW
If you're always dreaming about what your next meal might be, a visit to NSW's food and wine regions is definitely in order. Bring your appetite and prepare to indulge in everything from cool climate wines to great restaurants showcasing truly exotic produce. There are also tours to take if you're short on time.
Country NSW features a particularly exciting food and wine scene. In Mudgee, sip your way through some specialty reds and boutique dessert wines, explore a gourmet food trail, take a tour or pop along to a farmers' market, held every third Saturday. Like the produce, food-inspired events are plentiful throughout the year; the Mudgee Food and Wine Festival in September is a local favourite.
Orange is also rich in local produce and features over 40 boutique wineries which take advantage of the cool climate and volcanic soils. Take a tour of the cellar doors and provodores, or plan a gourmet getaway around one of the many food and wine events.
In the Hunter Valley, follow a guide around a family-run olive grove in Barrington Tops, choose from a raft of fine dining options or simply go tasting the best local drops at over 140 wineries. Eliminate the need for a designated driver by hopping on a tasting tour, most of which will pick you up right from your accommodation.
Watch chocolate-making demonstrations, enjoy fine dining or simply café-hop through the picturesque villages in NSW's Blue Mountains. This World-Heritage-listed region's food and wine scene includes multi award-winning restaurants, handcrafted gourmet treats, cosy tea-rooms and more.
You'll find fantastic food and wine in NSW's coastal regions, too. In the south, seek out tastings and tours at wineries in Jervis Bay and The Shoalhaven, dine at a hatted restaurant, check out an oyster farm or go berry picking. Head north, and you can visit a cheese factory, a sugar cane farm, and a property producing hand-picked and cold-pressed olive oils.