The Southern Highlands is a premium cool climate wine growing area that sits between Sydney and Canberra and the home to some 60 wineries and 16 cellar doors. Sitting at an altitude of around 700 metres is now, after over 17 years of growth, producing many of Australia’s award-winning wines.
The fertile soils, high altitude and seasonal changes are ideal for cool-climate vineyards and a wide range of quality produce. Local specialties include Angus beef, goats, Toulouse geese, Wessex saddleback pigs, yabbies, cheeses, olives and olive oil, truffles, berries and cherries, and pome fruits. Definitely check out our recommendations for best places to eat in the Southern Highlands and sample the local produce.
In the tranquil countryside it is easy to unwind and relax on a day trip or weekend escape. You’ll find a delicious range of experiences in an easy to navigate wine trail below, courtesy of Destination Southern Highlands.
We are picky about our wines, and have provided our top three vineyards that you can't miss on a day tour. Moving between each of the vineyards below creates a great round trip circuit of the Southern Highlands region and scenery.
Located just outside Berrima, family run and a joy to visit. Grape picking runs from March-May and a visit is a must. Joadja was the first vineyard for the region and is a fantastic place to learn more about the history of winemaking for the Southern Highlands region. Worth checking out their Whisky Distillery!
Artemis Wines have a passion to produce wines of European complexity and structure with intense Australian varietal definition. Planted in 1996 and primarily Pinot Noir grape is a stunning location for a platter lunch accompanied by a glass of their wine or even Honey Mead!
The vineyard is spread over 16 acres, 700 meter above sea level, dedicated to growing quality north-facing vines. A single estate which produces small batches. St Maur can be found in the village of Exeter. Their favoured Lot 41 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay favoured by some of Sydney’s top hatted restaurants.
If you are looking to leave the driving to someone else, and experience more wine and locations in a day, we have two great winery tours. Take in the expert knowledge and scenery
Spending time with the Vineyard owners, enjoying over 20 different wines, and some local cheese tastings during the tour.
17 Years of experience in the region, helps to build a great journey of the region in a 14 seater Mercedes bus. You will feel catered, but not rushed on your wine experience.
There is nothing better than after a long day wine tasting, arriving at a luxury home or Boutique Farm Stay nestled into the Southern Highlands landscape. Get warm next a fireplace and enjoy your favourite red wine from the day and some local produce. Here is our pick of accomodation for you to feel like you are a Southern Highlands local for the weekend.
Coromandel Lodge is found on the stunning estate of Coromandel Homestead and shares acreage with the privately secluded Coromandel Cottage.
This High Quality country accommodation offers a taste of a real Country Getaway. Rowan Farm is set on beautiful acreage with it's own Llamas, sheep and chickens! Collect your own eggs for breakfast
This cute 1940's style Cottage is set in a very pretty location only 10 minutes from Bowral. It offers a good size garden making the ideal getaway for the small family with well behaved pet dogs