Discover NSW’s top winery restaurants where the food pairs perfectly with some sensational vintages. From glamorous two-hatted fine dining temples to rustic restaurants and perfectly curated picnic hampers, you’ll find a huge range of great culinary options across NSW’s 14 wine regions.
Australia’s oldest wine region is dotted with wonderful winery restaurants where the menu is tailored for pairings. Two-hatted Muse Restaurant, located in the iconic Hungerford Hill Winery, is a food lover’s favourite, while Muse Kitchen now has two locations, one at Keith Tulloch Wines near Pokolbin and a second in Lorn near Maitland.
Margan Restaurant, at Margan Winery in Broke, has breathtaking views of Brokenback Mountain and sources much of the food for its produce-led menu from its kitchen garden. Boydell’s Cellar Door – the first in Morpeth – is housed in an historic 1820s slab hut adjacent to Boydell’s restaurant, which serves food designed to complement its award-winning wines.
Bimbadgen means ‘place of good view’ in the local indigenous language and that’s what you’ll get from your window seat at Esca Bimbadgen. The restaurant at Bimbadgen Winery serves refined mod-Oz cuisine paired with Bimbadgen wines. Good food and wine also come together at Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyard Estate, which is popular for its plant-based menu.
Mudgee & Orange
Naked Lady Wines is an earthy working winery in Rylstone, just outside of Mudgee, where you can take a charcuterie platter and glass of chardonnay to a sunny table overlooking the vineyard. The Zin House nods to Lowe Wines’ flagship varietal, zinfandel, the perfect complement to hearty cuisine such as pappardelle with foraged mushrooms.
Pipeclay Pumphouse is a fine dining restaurant at Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery where the menu is informed by the produce grown on the farm or sourced from local suppliers. The menu at Burnbrae Wines echoes the earthy palette of the landscape. Give thanks for the simple pleasure of pizza here on Sundays, accompanied by live music.
Sisters Rock Restaurant is located on one of the Orange region’s highest vineyards, Borrodell, with expansive views of the countryside. Borrodell produces wine, cherries, plums, apples and truffles, which are incorporated into the restaurant menu. Enjoy lunch at the Pantry at Ross Hill Wines on Saturdays, or try a wine tasting and food pairing experience at the family-run cellar door.
Bendooley Estate is an extravaganza of a place that includes a restaurant and bar, casual café called The Larder, a winery and the incredible Berkelouw Book Barn. At Centennial Vineyards, you can choose to eat on the verandah, in the courtyard, or in the romantic restaurant, where high tea (with bubbles) is the order of the day.
Indulge in Italian cuisine at Southern Highland Winery, expertly prepared by head chef Marco Salvestrin with wine pairings in mind. Salvestrin and winemaker Eddy Rossi also offer food and wine demonstrations and tours at the working winery, which is located in the tranquil village of Sutton Forrest.
Head to Cafe Lerida at Lerida Estate for casual lakeside dining in the lee of the Cullerin Range, just 30min from Canberra or Goulburn. Try incredible artisan produce at Poachers Pantry, which has an artisan smokehouse and farm shop as well as a restaurant and winery. This pretty property offers a fairy-tale farmhouse experience.
Indulge in wood-fired pizza with imaginative toppings such as potato and gorgonzola at Four Winds Vineyard and Cellar Door, or a French-farmhouse-inspired lunch at Tallagandra Hill. The folks at Pankhurst Wines offer a cheese platter to accompany their wines, while Pillagio Estate is all about paddock-to-plate dining at The Pavilion and flame-grilled meats at Market Grill.
The beautiful cellar door at Merilba Estate is located in a renovated 150-year-old coach stable in Uralla in the New England region of New South Wales. The family grow the grapes, make the wines and are open for lunch at weekends. Petersons Guesthouse and Winery offers lunch for visitors at the cellar door at weekends and dinner for guests staying overnight.
Try farm-fresh seasonal dishes created using native ingredients such as warrigal greens and lilly-pilly at Silos Restaurant, part of Silos Winery in Berry. Cupitt's Estate between Ulladulla and Milton is worth a detour for lunch at the restaurant, which uses seasonal produce grown in the kitchen garden or produced onsite at the fromagerie, microbrewery and winery.
Relax with a local cheese plate and a highly awarded rosé from Two Figs Winery while admiring the 360-degree views from its elevated position overlooking the Shoalhaven River. It’s worth opening a bottle of wine over lunch that showcases local produce at historic Coolangatta Estate, the most awarded winery on the NSW South Coast.
The Murray & Perricoota
Trentham Estate Winery Restaurant, set on the banks of the Murray River, is a local favourite for its share plates made up of homegrown and local artisan produce. You can also enjoy views of the mighty Murray River over lunch at Morrison’s Restaurant, which is also home to a microbrewery in the pretty riverine region of Perricoota.