Southern Highlands Food and Drink
Food and wine lovers can live out their epicurean fantasies amongst the rolling green hills and quiet hamlets of NSW’s Southern Highlands. Discover acclaimed restaurants, cool climate wines, classic country pubs and an abundance of local produce in one of Australia’s highest regarded gourmet regions.
Wineries and breweries
The fertile soils, high altitude and seasonal changes are ideal for cool climate vineyards, specialising in pinot noir, pinot gris and traditional method sparkling wines. There are more than 50 vineyards and a dozen cellar doors to visit in a region. See the best on a tour with Grape Escape or Highlands Food and Wine Tours.
Popular vineyards include Artemis Wines and Tertini Wines near Mittagong, Centennial Vineyards and Joadja Estate near Berrima, Eling Forest Winery and Southern Highland Winery near Sutton Forest, and Cuttaway Hill Wines and St Maur Wines near Exeter. Beer fans should head to Eden Brewery and Southern Highlands Taphouse.
Restaurants and cafes
Try the elegant tasting menu matched with local wines at Eschalot in Berrima. Onesta Cucina in Bowral is the place for traditional Italian. For food with a retro twist, visit Bernie’s Diner in Moss Vale or linger over a long lunch at Bowral’s Ludo.
There’s plenty of cosy pubs too, including the convict-built General Surveyor Inn in Berrima, and the Burrawang Village Hotel. In Robertson, eat at the famous Robertson Pie Shop and visit the Robertson Cheese Factory.
The Southern Highlands grows a huge range of delicious produce. Local specialties include Angus beef, Toulouse geese, Wessex saddleback pigs, yabbies, cheeses, olives, olive oil, truffles, berries, cherries and pome fruits (like apples). You’ll find it all at the annual Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival.
Sample the best at local markets. The Exeter Village Market is held on the first Saturday of the month, the Bowral Public School Market on the second Saturday of the month, and Mittagong Markets on the third and fifth Saturdays of the month. In Moss Vale, the Railway Street Farmers Market is on every Thursday afternoon.