This fabulous food and wine region is the perfect weekender from Sydney. Here’s why.
With over 35 cellar doors in the Mudgee region – many of them an easy drive or cycle from town – Mudgee is a wine lover’s heaven. The viticulture industry stretches right back to 1858 and the region is famous for big, bold reds and chardonnays.
Like all good wine regions, Mudgee’s got a fabulous food scene. There’s a multitude of highly acclaimed restaurants, some onsite at wineries such as the revered Zin House and Pipeclay Pumphouse restaurants, others centrally located in town like Alby and Esther’s and Eltons.
3. Local produce
Mudgee is a wonderful, fertile growing region with a burgeoning population of local farmers and makers. There’s a strong focus here on local produce, with most pubs, cafes and restaurants choosing to support local growers. In Mudgee you can visit weekly farmers’ markets and farm doors, or simply enjoy the local fare at one of many dining establishments.
4. Boutique accommodation
In the local Aboriginal dialect, Mudgee translates to ‘nest in the hills’. It’s a gorgeous area geographically, located in a rolling valley surrounded by mountains and there’s no shortage of charming, unique accommodation that celebrates the countryside and the views. Search ‘Mudgee’ on Travel In to find your perfect place to stay.
With nearby Bathurst the first town west of the Blue Mountains to be settled by Europeans, this region is rich in history. The streets of Mudgee are lined with historic buildings, while the nearby villages of Gulgong, Hill End and Sofala are wonderfully preserved 19th century gold rush towns, and almost look like film sets.