There are plenty of
ways to enjoy gourmet food and a wine tasting adventure in NSW.
Award-winning top-rated restaurants are liberally sprinkled across New
South Wales from Leura to Orange, Byron to Mildura with committed chefs
attracted by the abundant, quality, seasonal produce. You can stock up
on delicious gourmet goodies at the farm gate, artisan bakeries,
family-owned wineries and the regular farmers’ markets that are now a
tourist feature of most major NSW towns.
Enjoy a regional cooking
class or wine tasting course. Impress your friends with rare vintages,
organic hand-made cheeses and fresh seafood from some of the cleanest
waters in the world or a box of succulent organic figs, juicy peaches or
On your travels you’ll also discover that some
foodie pleasures never fade. Lunch on the veranda of an old country pub,
fish and chips on the beach, an afternoon cream tea in a quaint café or
tasting fine wine made by a third generation wine-maker.
- Australia’s oldest continuously-planted wine region, the Hunter
Valley, is just two hours’ drive north of Sydney. The region is an
acclaimed producer of the world’s finest Semillon as well as Australia’s
best shiraz. More than 120 wineries and cellar doors are spread through
the seven sub-regions of the Hunter Valley, many open for tastings
every day, some with wine tours and cooking schools as well as major
The Hunter Valley also has a vibrant food culture to match
its beautiful wines. Handmade, boutique cheeses, smokehouse goods,
olives and olive oil, beef and poultry have inspired chefs here. You’ll
enjoy their fine fare at sleek and contemporary restaurants overlooking
vineyards or in relaxed, vine-covered cafes.
As well as great food
and wine you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the Hunter
Valley. There is a wide range of stylish accommodation, treks and tours,
galleries and golf courses, beautiful spas and exclusive retreats.
The Murray -
The blend of European food culture and a bounty of locally grown
ingredients have combined to create truly regional cuisine in this
region. Meander along the river and you’ll discover famous restaurants,
food and wine matching opportunities and the world famous wines.
your picnic basket full with fresh produce from the Hume Murray
Farmers' Market or pick your own at a local strawberry or yabby farm, or
the Farm Gate Trail around Cobram-Barooga.
The Murray Darling
wine region produces one fifth of Australia’s total grape crush. Make
sure you explore the award-winning wineries along the river from
Rutherglen and its world class fortified wines to the sun-drenched
vineyards of Mildura. Don’t miss an Italian-style family feast at
Stefano's Restaurant in the cellar of Mildura's Grand Hotel, cooked by
Slow Food movement apostle, Stefano de Pieri.
The region also has several major food and wine events throughout the year.
- Central NSW is a great place to discover some of the best produce,
wines and dining experiences in the State. Fertile soils and river
valleys have produced some of Australia’s richest agricultural land –
you can taste the bounty at regular farmers’ markets from Bathurst to
Mudgee, Orange to Cowra.
In the Orange region there are around 50
wineries producing cool-climate varieties suited to the high altitude –
sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. Enjoy wine tasting at local
cellar doors or one of the welcoming bars in Orange where you can match
food with wine.
The region’s serious food credentials are helped
along by creative chefs who use the best of seasonal produce on their
menus. Choose one of the acclaimed restaurants serving French-provincial
cuisine, Italian-influenced or contemporary Australian fare. Or make
holiday of it and head to Central NSW for one of its seasonal food and
Port MacQuarie - Some of NSW’s
loveliest scenery surrounds the wine region of the Hastings River at
Port Macquarie. It provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxed beach
holiday with some of the best surfing beaches in NSW.
temperate maritime climate has also proven successful in the growth of a
number of grape varieties, including the French red variety of
chambourcin. Other varieties are chardonnay, verdelho, semillon and
merlot and you can sample them from one of the region’s fine cellar
doors, in a pretty vineyard restaurants or riverside cafe.
foods not to be missed are Hastings River oysters and local prawns,
juicy and fresh from the ocean. Meet the growers of local produce at the
monthly Wauchope markets – you’ll be amazed by the variety and quality
from delicious Greek-style cheeses, yoghurts, organic tomatoes, creams,
honey, olives to local macadamia nuts.