Cool Climate Wineries

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Wineries | Winery Tours | The Highlands Cool Climate Wine Growing Region


Artemis Wines
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Premium label quality wines from winemaker Anton Balog of the family owned Mittagong vineyard.

A limited quantity of cool climate red wines released each year for the export and restaurant trade, also available at the cellar door. See our website for more information.

Sir Charles Moses Lane, Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW 2575.
Phone: (02) 4872 1311- Fax: (02) 4872 1322 - email:

Centennial Vineyards
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Centennial Vineyards & Restaurant are situated in a breathtaking vineyard setting just 3 minutes drive west from Bowral.

The emphasis is on quality food & wine. Visit our cellar door and taste from our multi-award winning wines then have lunch or dinner overlooking the vineyards.

As the Highlands' most awarded producer of quality wines, we currently have 18 wines available for tasting with something to tempt everyone's palate. We also make verjuice and other cooking condiments. A must-do experience in the Southern Highlands. You won't be disappointed.

Cellar door open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

"Woodside", 252 Centennial Road, Bowral NSW 2576 Australia
Phone: Cellar Door (02) 4861 8722 - email:
admin@centennial.net.au; Restaurant Reservations (02) 4861 8701 - email: info@cvrestaurant.com.au

Eling Forest
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Eling Forest is one ofthe oldest and most established wineries in the Southern Highlands wine growing region.

Set on historic grounds, we are committed to crafting wines of rewarding complexity and distinctive taste. Our cellar door is open seven days and public holidays for wine tastings and sales.

Cellar door open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Hume Highway, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
Phone: Cellar Door (02) 4878 9155 - Fax: (02) 4878 9133 - email:

also: Banjos Run Winery, Blue Metal Vineyard, Bou-saada*, Cherry Tree Hill, Cuttaway Hill Estate, Diamond Creek Estate, Eling Forest Winery*, Farago Hill Wines, Greenbrier Park*, Howards Lane*, Joadja Wines*, Kingsdale Wines, McVitty Grove Estate*, Marist Bros Wines*, Mount Ashby Estate*, Pulpit Rock Estate, Sally's Corner Wines*, St Maur Estate*, Southern Highlands Wines*, Sutton Forest Estate Wines*, Tertini Wines*. [* = cellar door]


The Grape Escape
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The Grape Escape has enjoyed showcasing groups and couples around our Fantastic Cellar Doors and Wineries for 12 Years.

During that time, I have seen The Southern Highlands & Tablelands have become one of the premium food and wine destinations of N.S.W. I have been visiting the vineyards since they opened, and have a great appreciation for them, as the wine makers and Cellar Door owners put their heart and soul into every bottle.

Showcasing this area is a love of mine. Grape Escape tours will continually source new vineyards to share with you as the area grows.

Phone: (02) 4841 0256 - Mobile: 0407 677 066email:kate@grapeescape.net.au

Southern Highlands Taxi and Coach
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Enjoy a tour of the district's superb new wineries in one of our air-conditioned luxury coaches. Vehicles include a 9 seat coach, 21 seat or up to 53 seat vehicle. Our drivers have a great knowledge of the Southern Highlands and can make your winery tour even more interesting with information on this beautiful and historic area.

For one to four people a taxi is a very pleasant, safe and cost effective way to enjoy the wineries of the Southern Highlands. Most credit cards accepted.

18 Priestly Street, Mittagong (PO Box 2001 Bowral 2576)
Phone: (02) 4872 4800 - Fax: (02) 4872 4802 - email:


Early history.

One does not normally associate the Highlands, with its cold winters and cool autumn and spring weather, with vineyards.

Most traditional wine growing in Australia took place in the famous Barossa and Hunter Valleys, or even further inland, where the hot summers and abundant irrigation waters make cultivation easier.

However, grapevines were amongst the first imported plants originally grown in Australia, and there is evidence that Dr. Charles Throsby planted vines at Throsby Park (near Moss Vale) as early ago as the 1820s.

Whether they were used to make wine does not seem to be recorded, but given the preference of people at the time for fortified wines, it is likely.

The industry today.

In the 1990s wine growers became interested in the formerly overlooked advantages of high altitude vineyards, as a means to source varietals, and for distinctive wines for blending.

Local pioneers - Joadja Wines (1983/1989) and Eling Forest Wines (1985/1992), are very much in the mould of the traditional Australian winemaking entrepreneurs. These are "boutique" wineries, pioneers who have seen their vision for winemaking grow, and who use a combination of traditional and modern techniques for growing and producing their wines.

They have since been joined by other boutique wineries: Howards Lane (1991/1993), Centennial Vineyards (1996/2001), Southern Highland Wines, 2002/2004 (dates in brackets are for first plantings/first vintage) followed by a boom of many more in the last decade. Of these a number of smaller enterprises have already shut down.

There are currently over 60 vineyards in the Highlands under cultivation (over 250 hectares) and about ten wineries.

Most vineyards are small in size and produce grapes for wine production at local wineries (many under their own labels). A few wineries operate on a largere commercial scale.

Fourteen vineyards have cellar doors (as at 2012), some smaller ones open only on weekends or by appointment.

The vignerons of the Highlands formed themselves into an association and have gained separate recognition of the Highlands as a cool climate winemaking region.

Today touring the wineries to taste the local vintages (and gaining the advantage of cellar door prices) is a popular pastime for visitors.

Vintage time is usually from early March through April, with harvesting of the grapes, crushing and winemaking.

New season's white wines, and aged reds, are usually released by mid-year, so late May, June and July are good times to visit to catch up on the very latest vintages. At other times, wine lovers are encouraged to keep an eye on the Highlands, and to visit its wineries to see the quality and variety of the local cool climate wines.

Last updated 8/3/16