Food and wine in NSW


Quality produce, talented winemakers and some of Australia's best restaurants can be found in thriving culinary hotspots across Regional NSW. Discover small towns, colourful growers markets and outstanding cellar doors that all serve up fabulous fare.

  • Gemelli Estate, Hunter Valley
  • Vineyard in Young

The best of food and wine across NSW

Echo's Boutique Hotel, Blue Mountains

Whether it’s lunch on the veranda of an old country pub, fish and chips on the beach, a devonshire tea in a quaint cafe or tasting fine wine made by a third generation winemaker, any exploration of the regional and rural areas of NSW begins and ends with food. It’s how you’ll get to know the people, the landscape, and see first-hand why NSW is such a unique place to visit.

NSW is a haven for food lovers, with 14 distinctive wine regions, superb local produce from oysters to stone fruit, a network of fantastic farmers’ markets, and some of the top restaurants in the country.

Award-winning and top-rated restaurants are sprinkled liberally across NSW from Leura to Orange, Byron Bay to Mildura, with committed chefs attracted by the abundant, quality, seasonal produce. These innovative restaurants place strong importance on sourcing from local suppliers, and many are multi-award winners; try Muse Restaurant in the Hunter Valley or Biota Dining in the Southern Highlands.

Awareness of the importance of local produce is at the heart of the philosophy behind NSW’s farmgate trails and farmers’ markets, and are the best source for the best local and seasonal produce in the one convenient location. You can also stock up on delicious gourmet goodies at the farm gate, artisan bakeries, family-owned wineries and the regular farmers markets that are now a tourist feature of most major NSW towns. There’s everything from succulent organic figs to juicy peaches and crisp apples; you can even pick your own.

The state’s many wine regions are also hubs for great dining and local produce. Book a wine tour or wine tasting course in the Hunter Valley, Mudgee or the Southern Highlands and really get to know the local drops on offer. Pick up a rare vintage wine, a wheel of hand-made cheese or a crusty artisan sourdough loaf and head off on a picnic.

  • Friends dining in the vineyards at Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley

    Best restaurants

    Located in historic cottages, convict-built pubs, at the foothills of mountains or overlooking beautiful bays and beaches, there are spectacular fine dining moments to be had in all parts of the state.

  • Asian people at a cooking class in the Sydney Seafood school

    Cooking classes

    Chefs, bakers and cheese makers open up their kitchens and share their secrets. Make a stellar paella, learn how to pickle and preserve vegetables, and create alcohol-infused sweets for 'big kids'.

  • Pears and apples at The Agrestic Grocer, Orange

    Best local produce

    Top-quality producers across the State have made NSW synonymous with perfect produce. Taste some of the freshest oysters, join a truffle hunt, and find out where to source premium lamb and venison.

  • Koomooloo vineyard planted by Philip and family between 1988 - 89.The vineyard peaks at an altitude of 900M on the side of the extinct volcano Mt Canobolas. Koomooloo is a unique hand kept vineyard with a routine of hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning, and hand picking happening in multiples if needed.

    Wine regions across NSW

    NSW has a broad range of exciting and diverse wine regions. Taste award-winning drops at local wineries, vineyards and cellar doors on a guided or self-guided wine tour through the State's picturesque country roads.

  • Farmers markets

    Farmers markets

    The farmers markets of NSW take produce from the earth, paddock or dairy and deliver it direct to shoppers. Enjoy the freshest local produce while supporting local farmers.

  • Guests enjoying Hunter Valley Food and Wine month at Margan Wines, Hunter Valley.

    Food and wine trails

    Explore dedicated food and wine trails across NSW to discover outstanding cellar door experiences, specialist providores, local farmers markets and gourmet restaurants to indulge in during your visit.

  • Beer Cafe Newcastle


    Stop to enjoy a pint in one of the States many large-scale and microbreweries and taste fresh local beer that captures the essence of individual districts across NSW.

  • Tunnel of Lowe Mudgee

    Gourmet experiences

    Join a tour with like-minded foodies and go straight to the source to catch, pick or cook fresh local produce. Marvel at the makers, farmers and producers of some of the best food experiences NSW has to offer.

  • Tilpa Pub


    The pub has been ingrained into Australian culture since colonial times. As the heart of a township, the charm of NSW's pubs is showcased in their historic architecture, open courtyards, fresh beer and quality meals.