Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands region around Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale is considered New South Wales’ equivalent of the Adelaide Hills. The elevation is high, ranging from 550 metres to 880 metres, and the climate is cool, making it perfect for chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Other varieties like pinot gris, tempranillo, petit verdot and gewürztraminer are also available. Mundrakoona Estate (Sir Charles Moses La, Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong, (02) 4872 1311) believes that all the ingredients for good grapes and fine wine exist in the atmosphere (earth, air, fire and water), and this philosophy is evident in its natural winemaking processes and the use of wild yeasts. Try the Artemis Pinot Noir for an indication of its success. Feast@McVitty (Wombeyan Caves Rd, Mittagong, (02) 4878 5044) combines winery, olive grove and restaurant. Centennial Vineyards (Centennial Rd, Bowral, (02) 4861 8700) also has a good restaurant.

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