An easy three-and-a-half hours drive northwest of Sydney through the Blue Mountains, the Mudgee wine region is a favourite among nature and food and wine lovers for its beauty, heritage and world-class produce. Mudgee is situated on the Cudgegong River and is surrounded by rolling green hills. Rich in colonial history, this wine-producing area includes the towns and villages of Mudgee, Gulgong, Rystone, and Kandos.

What you can do there

The region has a rich gold rush heritage and World Heritage wilderness including Wollemi National Park, home to the rare and prehistoric Wollemi pine. Mudgee is a bustling country town and offers high-end boutique accommodation, award-winning restaurants, colonial architecture and many outdoor activities. Mudgee’s altitude, continental climate and well-drained soil make it an excellent region for a wide range of varietals and is well known for shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.

Recommended wineries

• Lowe Wines

Founded in 2000 by David Lowe, Lowe Wines produces premium small batch wines from a certified organic and biodynamic property. The cellar door is a beautiful spot to spend a few hours, with a wooded picnic area and access to Federation Hill with 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy wine tasting, platters, and self-guided Farm Trail tours.

• De Beaurepaire

This single estate vineyard is a boutique producer of French-style wines. The historic cellar door is located in 170-year-old stables and offers sweeping views of the vineyards. In addition to wine tastings and grazing boards, experiences include A Sparkling Affair, with matched French-style sparkling wines and canapés; and Long Lunch in the Vines, an annual event which includes great wine, food and music.

• Gilbert Family Wines

This family-owned winery is run by fifth-generation winemaker Simon Gilbert and his son Will, who are deeply passionate about fine wine, heritage and local produce. The Cellar by Gilbert is their tasting room, offering current and museum release wines from Mudgee, Orange and Eden Valley. Experiences include tastings, seasonal shared menus and a Wine Masterclass.

Tours and activities

• Country Escape Tours

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Country Escape Tours offers small group and private tours that showcase the Mudgee region, with local guides sharing their knowledge, history and love of the region. Tour options include food and wine experiences, horse riding, kayaking and discovering the local history. Country Escape Tours provides tours to suit all needs and caters for couples, groups and children.

• The Little Cooking School

The Little Cooking School offers cooking classes suited to all levels of experience. Guests can create a three-course seasonal menu then enjoy lunch and matching wines. Other classes include sourdough, gnocchi and pasta masterclasses.

• Pelican Travel Services/ FlyPelican Airlines

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Pelican Travel Services/ FlyPelican Airlines is a regional airline and charter company which specialises in holiday packages to Mudgee and offers flights, accommodation and tours and transfers.

Suggested itinerary

Make a delicious loop from Sydney through the Hawkesbury region and on to Mudgee to discover fruit orchards, cider sheds, boutique wineries and farm to table restaurants. And each night you’ll get to bed down in unique glamping tents, bushland retreats or cosy country cottages. Download a snapshot of our recommended itinerary here.

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