Many Sydney-based couples head to the Hunter Valley for their wine fix, but did you know there are lots of other wine regions in NSW where you can plan your big day?
Vineyards in the Mudgee region were established back in 1858, and today visitors can choose between 35 cellar doors. Like the Hunter Valley, Mudgee’s specialty is red wine, with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon being the pick of many visitors.
Once home to the Wiradjuri people, this “nest in the hills” is now full of vibrant cafes, delicious eateries and home-style pubs. Of its 50 wineries, standouts include Logan Estate, Robert Stein, Lowe Wines, di Lusso and the famous Robert Oatley Vineyards.
Birthplace of the famous Banjo Patterson, Orange is becoming the next best wine region and foodie destination. The area’s specialty is cool-climate wines and it features more than 30 wine producers. Popular wineries include Bloodwood, Patina, Mayfield Vineyard, Canobolas-Smith, Ross Hill and Brangayne.
If you head further south, Cowra is NSW’s best-kept secret when it comes to delicious wines. It has some beautiful cellar doors and is known for outstanding organic wineries.
If you head along The Poacher’s Way, south of Cowra, you will see the stunning vineyards of Yass and Young in the Southern Highlands. Home to beautiful day spas — Bowral Day Spa and Destination Spa at Milton Park Country House Hotel — the Southern Highlands also has some amazing wineries and restaurants.
MACARTHUR WINE REGION
“The best thing about running a business in the Macarthur region is our idyllic relaxed country setting just 55km from the busy CBD,” says Nadene Clarke from Gledswood Homestead & Winery. “We offer extensive gardens for wedding ceremonies and photographs along with a choice of three function rooms situated in a tranquil setting on 113 hectares of farming land, conveniently located just 12.5km from the M5/M7 motorway. We also provide all the beauty of the country for your relaxed wedding under an hour from Sydney.”
By Kylie Baracz
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