Take your pick of food and wine experiences in the Young area, in southwest NSW. Go wine tasting in the Hilltops wine region or pick your own juicy stone fruit at picturesque orchards. Find olive groves, mustard and honey producers, award-winning butchers and plenty of other culinary delights.
In the cherry capital of Australia, the rich red soil, high altitude and distinct seasons are ideal for growing stone fruits and cool-climate wine grapes. The region is best known for its premium red wines with intense flavour that ages well. More than 20 orchards grow over 10 types of cherries.
At Hilltops Region Wine Cellar taste a curated selection of local wines. You can also visit wineries directly, such as Grove Estate Wines and Chalkers Crossing Winery, or join a winery and orchard tour. Some orchards and berry farms allow you to pick your own fruit.
A food-filled events calendar includes the famous National Cherry Festival, a three-day celebration in December, complete with a cherry pie-eating contest. Taste farm produce at traditional country shows and the Young and Region Farmers Market, held in the first and third Saturday of the month.
In the region’s charming towns and villages of Young, Boorowa, Harden-Murrumburrah and Jugiong there are more great things to do. Browse gourmet food shops that sell local treats. There’s also a number of great cafes, restaurants and country pubs.
With a cafe and views of Young, the Bluestill Distillery produces hand-crafted Australian spirits, including vodka, bourbon, gin, rum, brandy and cherry port. For more cherry treats, head to Wilders Bakery in Young and grab an award-winning cherry pie, along with other baked goods.