Guide to the Best Wineries & Cellar Doors in the Southern Highlands
Travelling just 90 minutes from Sydney and two hours from Canberra, the Southern Highlands of NSW is defined by rolling hills, award-winning wine and gourmet food. This region has always been a popular getaway for city dwellers, and in recent decades, an influx of winemakers has made a trip to this rural, unspoilt landscape more appealing than ever. The high elevation and cool-climate are perfect for producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, among others.
Whether taking a day trip from the city or planning an extended stay, our curated guide to the best wineries and cellar doors in the Southern Highlands guarantees your visit will be one for the ages.
Centennial Vineyards is home to a welcoming cellar door that houses an abundance of award-winning wines and a range of quality, local produce.
With breathtaking views across the vineyards, the Centennial Restaurant is the ideal setting for enjoying a relaxed lunch by the countryside. On balmy summer days, the glass doors are opened to a spacious deck for alfresco dining. In winter, the cosy and rustic appeal of the restaurant is enhanced by the enormous, toasty fireplace.
For those untroubled by notions of fitness and exercise, a bike tour is a great way to explore Centennial and its surrounds. From the cellar door, a guide leads you through the vineyard and Gibbergunyah Reserve before taking in the views from the lookout at 90 Acre Hill.
252 Centennial Road, Bowral
Open daily 10am - 5.00pm
Visit the Centennial Vineyards website
Cherry Tree Hill
Over a short space of time, Cherry Tree Hill has been able to produce quality cool-climate wines with award-winning results. This humble cellar door is your one-stop-shop for sampling the incredible range and discovering new favourites. Hungry travellers looking for a quick bite can enjoy a selection of gourmet pies and delectable tasting boards comprising fresh local produce.
12324 Hume Highway, Sutton Forest
Open daily, 10am – 5pm
Visit the Cherry Tree Hill website
Cuttaway Hill Wines
Cuttaway Hill welcomes wine lovers into a casual tasting room surrounded by spectacular views of the Southern Highlands, with seated, guided wine tastings. Stay awhile and enjoy a selection of regional cheese boards, charcuterie plates and vigneron platters, or book-in a sparkling winemaking tour to learn the art of méthode champenoise.
Twice a month Cuttaway Hill hosts outdoor yoga sessions to relaxing music followed by wine tasting and a selection of fresh platters from local producers.
212 Sally’s Corner Road, Exeter
Open Monday, Thursday - Friday, 12pm - 4pm & Saturday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4:30pm
Visit the Cuttaway Hill Wines website
Sutton Forest Wines
For over 26 years, the Lo Russo family has been enjoying the beautiful Southern Highlands lifestyle and crafting premium Italian style wines since 2002. Visitors to the vineyard are welcomed into the warm Sutton Forest Wines cellar door for tastings of their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, signature Forest label, as well as a selection of rarer vintages, fortified and dessert wines. Stay for an antipasto platter featuring a range of local produce, and finish off the experience with a cup of tea or coffee under the sun or in the shade.
21 Black Horse Lane, Sutton Forest
Open Fri – Sunday, 10.00am – 5pm
Visit the Sutton Forest Estate Wines website
Artemis Wines is nestled just off the Old Hume Highway, with a modern cellar door built from recycled River Redgum cladding which exudes a particular rustic charm. The popular Southern Highlands winery hosts intimate tastings of award-winning wines complemented by cheese and charcuterie boards.
The luscious lawn is the ideal space for entertaining large crowds over the weekends, especially with wood-fired pizzas being cooked on Sundays. In the cooler months, visitors are encouraged to keep warm in front of the fireplace.
46 Sir Charles Moses Lane, Mittagong
Open Wed – Fri 10am - 4pm, & Saturday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Visit the Artemis Wines website
Bendooley Estate is more than a winery and cellar door; at the very least, it’s a quaint weekend escape. The cellar door caters to many moods, with Italian style wines available for tasting from the comfort of lounges or the charming courtyard which provides vineyard vistas. Beneath cathedral ceilings and king-sized iron chandeliers, the restaurant and bar cater to hungry wine lovers with a seasonal menu of Italian-style cuisine.
The on-site book shop - Berkelouw Book Barn houses endless rows of rarities, antiques and the latest releases because it doesn’t get much better than a glass of wine and a good book. Bendooley even offers a series of studios and two and three-bedroom cottages for those ready to spend the night.
3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima
Open daily 10am - 5pm
Visit the Bendooley Estate website
Southern Highlands Winery
Modern and spacious, the Southern Highlands Winery cellar door is your gateway to a selection of flavoursome wines, with floor to ceiling glass overlooking the vines and surrounding lakes. From there, a guided tour can take you to walls of French oak barrels and ten-metre-high stainless steel storage tanks for a glimpse into the winemaking process.
The restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine with a local twist. In the cooler months, a table by the roaring log fire is an ideal place for a romantic dinner. Speaking of romance, Southern Hills Winery has five distinct sites suitable for glamorous weddings. Take your pick.
Cnr Oldbury Road and Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest
Open daily 10:30am – 4:30pm
Open for lunch Thursday – Monday, 12pm – 3pm, & Friday – Sunday 6pm – 9pm
Visit the Southern Highlands Winery website
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