New England Food and wine

From wine tasting to delicious festivals, you’ll love the elegant cool-climates wines, craft breweries and distilleries, and fresh produce in the beautiful New England wine region of NSW. A fun way to experience the tasty delights is to join a tour with the New England Foodie Trail.

Tours include various tastings – wine, cheese, beer and cider - as well as a scrumptious lunch. A scenic drive in New England’s pretty countryside is charming. Green pastures produce some of Australia’s finest lamb and beef, and the rolling vineyards grow grapes for award-winning wines.

Picnic at sunset - Country NSW

In the picturesque Armidale area of the New England wine region are acclaimed wineries. Petersons Armidale Winery and Thunder Ridge are near the vibrant city of Armidale. A short drive southwest, near pretty Uralla, is Merilba Estate, Whyworry Wines, and Eastview Estate and Dobson’s Distillery.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the area, which is near spectacular natural attractions including Australia’s second-highest waterfall and World Heritage rainforests. Petersons Guesthouse is in the Petersons Armidale Winery, where the Cellar Door is open for tastings and lunch on weekends.

The Welders Dog - Armidale

There are more quality restaurants and cafes, and hip bars and classic pubs such as the Welders Dog and Wicklow Hotel that serve local wines. Merilba features a restaurant with charming views and the New England Cider Co. For beer tasting, try the New England Brewing Co. in a converted woolstore.

You can browse local seasonal produce and gourmet products at the Armidale Farmers Market, held on the first and third Sunday of every month, and at the monthly Walcha Farmers Market in Walcha. Other fun family events include the annual Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival in Guyra in January.


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