New England Food and wine

Take a flavour-filled journey around the beautiful New England region of NSW, enjoying elegant cool-climates wines, craft breweries and distilleries, delicious festivals and an abundance of fresh produce. A scenic drive through the countryside reveals lush pastures and rolling vineyards.

The region produces some of Australia’s finest lamb and beef, and award-winning wines. A fun way to sample local delicacies is with Wayward Trails, a food, produce and beverage tour where you get to taste everything from coffee and craft beer to wine and spirits.

A Wayward Trails tour toasting at a bar, Armidale, NSW

The Armidale area of the New England wine region is home to many acclaimed wineries. There’s Petersons Armidale Winery and Thunder Ridge Wines near Armidale; and Merilba Estate Wines, Whyworry Wines, and Eastview Estate and Dobson’s Distillery near Uralla.

There are plenty of places to stay in the area, near spectacular natural attractions, including Australia’s second-highest waterfall and UNESCO World Heritage rainforests. Petersons Guesthouse is in the Petersons Armidale Winery – the cellar door is open daily for tastings and lunch on weekends.

Barmen chatting to customers at The Welder's Dog, Armidale

There are quality restaurants and cafes, trendy bars and pubs such as The Welder’s Dog and the Wicklow Hotel. At Merilba Estate, enjoy a seasonal lunch menu, great views and cider tasting at the New England Cider Co. For beer tasting, try the New England Brewing Co.

Load up on local seasonal produce and tasty treats at the Armidale Farmers' Market, held on the first and third Sunday of every month, and the monthly Walcha Farmers’ Market in Walcha. Another fun food event is the annual Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival in Guyra in January.

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