With a burgeoning food and wine scene that’s garnering a lot of attention, it’s time to head to Mudgee and see what all the fuss is about.
These top-notch dining establishments celebrate fresh produce, local businesses and warm country hospitality - and prove Mudgee is well on its way to becoming the ‘next big thing’ in terms of foodie destinations.
Perfect for a long, lazy Sunday lunch, the Zin House is a hatted restaurant upholding an unwavering paddock-to-plate ethos, with no sign of pretension or stuffiness.
Located on a 1000-acre organic farm, this is fine dining at its most relaxed – in fact, the Zin House has the uncanny ability to make you feel like you’re just having lunch at a friend’s place.
The tables don’t turn around, so settle in for an afternoon of grazing from the ever-changing menu, indulging in local wines and wandering through the pristine grounds. Bliss!
With a liquor license that was first gained in 1923, it’s fair to say Roth’s Wine Bar has been the social hub of Mudgee long before the town became a popular getaway spot.
80 per cent of the wines on the menu are local, and there’s now a cellar door open that stocks more than 100 local wines – perfect for those nights when you feel like staying in.
We’d recommend finding a cosy spot (ideally by one of the open fireplaces) in the stunning heritage building, and ordering a tapas-style snack or wood-fire pizza to accompany your wine.
There’s even live music on a Friday and Saturday night – what more could you want?
For the beer lovers out there, never fear! Welcome to Mudgee Brewing Co, a boutique microbrewery serving up craft beers and hearty pub-style meals.
To wash down your fried chicken, burgers or buffalo wings (our top menu pick), be sure to try the ‘Mudgee Mud’ – a nod to the Mudgee brewers of old.
It’s a rich, smooth stout with hints of aniseed and liquorice undertones, topped off with a creamy head – and packs a punch at 8.8%. Those after a lighter beer (or those driving!) should give the Mudgee Pale Ale a go – with its floral aroma and crisp taste it’s a refreshing option.
Whether you’re after Melbourne-esque brunch vibes, great coffee, or a cute spot to enjoy a twilight vino, you’ll find it all and more at the charming Alby and Esther’s.
Tucked away down a cobblestone lane, this magical café-cum-wine-bar – complete with fairy lights, mismatched chairs and an exposed brick courtyard – is a true hidden gem.
Menu highlights include the house-made beans and Mudgee mushies, but it’s also hard to resist the tapas share plates when paired with a good Mudgee wine.
There's a lot to eat, drink and enjoy at Alby and Esther’s, so we've only got one piece of advice: prepare yourself for multiple visits.
No trip to Mudgee would be complete without a trip to an award-winning winery, and what better place to start than Pieter van Gent Winery – named after the man who created Australia’s first chardonnay.
A Mudgee institution, stepping into the cellar door via the heavy barn door is truly a breathtaking experience. 20 enormous German oak casks line the blackened hall, creating an avenue of welcome as you follow the light to the tasting space at the hall’s rear.
Make sure to try the winery’s trademark variety, the Pipeclay White Port; along with their chardonnay, rose and shiraz. There’s even several self-contained accommodation options onsite – should you choose to carry on indulging.