I’m loving the town of Mudgee! Love its cute locals, it’s produce, the air, just love it all and am proud to say it’s well and truly on the tourist map. Let’s begin with the wonderful food and wine – there are around fifty vineyards – and lots of rural produce. There are cattle and sheep properties and wheat, lucerne, olives, fruit, honey and dairy products are widely produced. There are great places to stay and Mudgee, established in 1838, has loads of history. Two gold rushes in the early 1870s had prospectors heading there, and people still go to fossick.
Mudgee has a wonderful cultural side (who knew!) and each year they host the Huntington Music Festival, Henry Lawson Festival, Day on the Green concerts and September Wine Celebration.
I joined up with Phillip van Gent, son of Pieter van Gent who helped put Mudgee wines on the map. Phillip runs cycling tours to some of the best places in the region.
Petersons of Mudgee is known for its award winning red wines. The 40 hectare vineyard is planted under Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Durif, Zinfandel, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin. Whites are also successful with Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Viognier, Marsanne and Sauvignon Blanc flourishing.
Of course, where there is excellent wine, cheese is never far away. This sends me straight to heaven. The award-winning High Valley Wine & Cheese Co is the place to go for tasty lunches, cheese platters, home-made cakes, teas and coffees and wine by the glass or bottle. On weekends they serve breakfast. Love that, keep it up please High Valley.
Taste and buy cheddar, Caerphilly, blue, brie and choose from a wide range of fettas. You can wander around the gallery to check out works of local artists and they make up delicious hampers for picnics.
Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel in the heart of town has a good range of room choices. A full gourmet breakfast is included in the tariff.
Wineglass Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu changes regularly and features regional, seasonal produce and, of course, there is an extensive local wine list.
I took a bicycle tour to Mudgee Brewing Company. Owner Gary Leonard’s passion is to deliver the true essence of beer. It’s all brewed right there on the premises, and I was chuffed to enjoy a wheat beer, something I’d tasted in Germany and liked very much.
Visitors can pop in for a quick drink, snack or linger longer for lunch or dinner. They will match beer to your meal choice, but if you prefer wine, they have a wide range of local vintages.
Mudgee, a 3 ½ hour drive from Sydney
WHAT TO WEAR
Layers depending on the weather.
Amazing shopping here, you’ve been warned.
It’s quite a drive to get to, just saying, but totally worth it.
Head to Visit Mudgee Region for more information about how to get there or call 6372 1020