In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the NSW Government has announced that all non-essential businesses will temporarily shut down. Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas and casinos closed from midday Monday 23 March. Restaurants and cafes should now offer takeaway only.
Discover some of NSW’s fantastic produce alongside delicious wines at one of the State’s winery restaurants. From glamorous fine dining to casual picnics on the lawn, you’ll find a huge range of culinary options across NSW’s 14 wine regions.
Australia’s oldest wine region has an incredible food offering with plenty of winery restaurants to choose from. Two hatted Muse Restaurant is located in the iconic Hungerford Hill Winery, serving seasonal contemporary Australian cuisine. You can find its sister venue, Muse Kitchen at Keith Tulloch Wines.
Margan Restaurant, part of Margan Winery in Broke sources much of its food from its one-acre kitchen garden, and Lovedale Smokehouse Café serves delicious charcuterie platters, BBQ smoked meats and smoked fish in its café, located on a 100-acre vineyard.
Admire the beautiful vines through the large glass windows at Esca Bimbadgen. The restaurant at Bimbadgen Winery serves refined modern European and Australian inspired cuisine. You can enjoy freshly picked produce from the gardens at Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyard Estate, which also offers a plant-based menu.
Try local produce at Naked Lady Wines who serve delicious platters alongside their wines. Or treat yourself to an award-winning degustation menu at Blacklea Vineyard and Olive Grove, overlooking Lake Shiraz.
Pipeclay Pumphouse is the fine dining restaurant at the Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery, which grows much of its own produce, as well as sourcing from local suppliers. At Burnbrae Wines you can enjoy tasting boards and antipasto, as well as pizza on Sundays, accompanied by live music.
Head to Bendooley Estate Restaurant for lunch and then spend the afternoon browsing the incredible book selection at the winery’s Berkelouw Book Barn. You can choose to eat on the verandah, in the courtyard or get cosy inside at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, who also offer high tea (with bubbles).
At Southern Highlands Winery, indulge in Italian cuisine expertly paired with the wines. Head chef Marco Salvestrin and winemaker Eddy Rossi also offer food and wine demonstrations and tours.
Sisters Rock Restaurant is located on one of the region’s highest vineyards – Borrodell, with expansive views of the countryside. Borrodell produce 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. At La Colline Vineyard you’ll find Racine, where you can dine al fresco near the vines or indoors in the restaurant. Don't miss the Friday aperitivo and grazing table.
You can indulge in wood-fired pizza at Four Winds Vineyard and Cellar Door, or a French-inspired lunch at Tallagandra Hill. Pankhurst Wines offer a cheese platter to accompany their wines and at Pillagio Estate you’ll find paddock to plate dining at The Pavilion and flame-grilled meats at Market Grill.
Family-run Merilba Estate is open for lunch at weekends, its beautiful cellar door located in a renovated 150 year old coach stable. Petersons Guesthouse and Winery offers lunch for visitors at the cellar door at weekends and dinner for guests staying overnight in the guesthouse.
Try farm-fresh seasonal dishes, created using native ingredients at Silos Restaurant, part of Silos Winery in Berry. Nearby is Two Figs Winery, where you can relax with a local gourmet produce plate while admiring the 360-degree views from its elevated position.
The restaurant at Coolangatta Estate serves dinner at weekends and lunch every day. The menu features meat from Shoalhaven Heads Butchery and local seafood and cheese as well as sausage rolls and spring rolls made on the premises.
The Murray and Perricoota
On the banks of the Murray River, Trentham Estate Winery Restaurant serves share plates made up of homegrown and local artisan produce. Enjoy views of Lake Hume at Posh Plonk Winery cellar door while you savour a delicious cheese board lovingly curated by Clancy’s Food Store Albury.