Cellar Doors of the Southern Highlands

Your Go-To Guide For Tasting Your Way Around The Southern Highlands

 

Don’t you just love a lazy day or weekend whiling the hours away flitting from one cellar door to the next, sampling the delicious (and super varied!) cold climate wines of the Southern Highlands? Yep! Us too! 

That’s why we put a list together to make it easier for you (and us!) to work out where to head if you’ve got friends and family coming to visit, or you fancy supporting our local wineries and vineyards and plan on heading out for a sip or two yourself!

Below are the local cellar doors that have re-opened for public tastings following the Covid-19 lockdown, as at June 17, 2020. The list will be updated as more continue to open.

 

BOWRAL
 

Centennial Vineyards

Opening hours ::  7 days a week 10am-5pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes from $10pp and you can also book specialised tastings or go on a winery tour.
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: Yes, Centennial Vineyards Restaurant is open 10am-4pm 7 days. High tea 10am-12pm, two lunch sittings at 12pm-2pm and 2pm – 4pm. Bookings essential.
Dinner :: No (special events only).
Snacks :: Devonshire tea and cheese platters available in the restaurant.
Pet friendly :: Outside on the covered veranda. 
Parking :: Plenty of parking with a walk up a hill to the Cellar Door.
Accessibility :: Disabled parking is at the back of the building.
Good to know :: The restaurant does a High Tea Wednesdays to Mondays! 

 

Centennial Vineyards
 


Tractorless Vineyard Tasting Room at The Mill

Opening hours :: Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Available but bookings are recommended.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes. 
Lunch: At Veggie Nook, Bare Bites Bowls & Brew, Cheese etc and Ms Pho all at The Mill.
Dinner: Early dinner at Ms Pho.
Snacks: Veggie Nook, Bare Bites Bowls & Brew, Cheese etc and Ms Pho.
Pet friendly :: Yes.
Parking :: Plenty in The Mill’s car park.
Accessibility :: Level from car park to courtyard. 
Good to know :: Cheese etc is right next door so you can get a selection of gourmet cheese to take away and have with your guided tasting. 

 

Tractorless at The Mill

 

JOADJA
 

Joadja Estate

Opening hours ::  Weekend opening hours 10am-5pm. Tastings available during the week by appointment.
Drop in wine tastings :: On weekends, but bookings highly recommended. 
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes.
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: No.
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: No.
Pet friendly :: Yes.
Parking :: Close to cellar door
Accessibility :: Flat entry with small step into tasting room.
Good to know :: Joadja Estate hold live music events on long weekends!

 

Joadja Estate

 


MITTAGONG
 

 

Tractorless Vineyard

Opening hours :: Saturdays 1pm-4pm or by appointment
Drop in wine tastings :: No, drop in for takeaway sales only. 
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes. Bookings essential so you don’t miss out.
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: No.
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: No.
Pet friendly :: Yes.
Parking :: Yes, plenty. 
Accessibility :: Yes.
Good to know :: They offer a big range of guided tours and tastings all day Saturday and for private groups of 10 people or on more on request. 

 

Tractorless Vineyard
 

Artemis Wines

 

Opening hours ::  Wednesday-Sunday 11am-4pm. 
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes, but bookings highly recommended. You can book it all online at their website. 
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes
Breakfast :: No
Lunch :: Wood fired pizzas are served on Sundays (weather permitting) and you can now book a table online via their website. 
Dinner :: No
Snacks :: Cheese and charcuterie boards available with wine tastings from 1130am-230pm. Book online at their website. 
Pet friendly :: Pets on a leash welcome in the outdoor area.
Parking :: Yes
Accessibility :: Some small steps and gravel, with plenty of seating
Good to Know :: They make gin too! 

 

Artemis Wines

 

Tertini Wines

Opening hours ::  By appointment only.
Drop in wine tastings :: No.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Bookings essential for groups of 6+.
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: No.
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: No.
Pet friendly :: No.
Parking :: Easy access to the cellar door.
Accessibility :: Flat carpark with small step to inside. 
Good to know :: There’s a cosy log fire in the Cellar Door area, perfect for a winter afternoon of wine tasting. 

 

Tertini Wines

 

BERRIMA
 

Peppergreen Estate

Opening hours :: Weekdays 10am to 5pm (except Tuesday), weekends 9am to 5pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes - various bookable experiences.
Breakfast :: Yes.
Lunch :: Yes.
Dinner :: Selected nights throughout the year.
Snacks :: No.
Pet friendly :: Yes.
Parking :: Plenty of street parking out the front of The Tasting Room.
Accessibility :: Yes, there is a ramp from street level to the entrance.
Good to know :: PepperGreen Estate have an amazing space called The Private Cellar used for sommelier-led bookable tasting experiences. 

 

Peppergreen Estate

 

Bendooley Estate 

Opening hours ::  7 days 10am-5pm in Book Barn bar area. Bookings essential. $10pp.
Drop in wine tastings :: No.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Yes $10pp.
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: Yes. 
Dinner :: Special dinner sittings for 6pm on Fri and Sat nights. Bookings essential.
Snacks :: No.
Pet friendly :: Dogs allowed outside.
Parking :: Plenty of offstreet parking.
Accessibility :: Wheelchair accessible.
Good to know :: The amazing Berkolouw Book Barn is onsite. Taste some wine and buy a book! 

 

Bendooley Estate
 

EXETER
 

Sally's Corner Wines

Opening hours ::  Weekends 1030am-430pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes, on the weekends.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Welcome by appointment during the week. 
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: No.
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: No.
Pet friendly :: Dogs allowed outside. 
Parking :: Parking available.
Accessibility :: Level entry.
Good to know :: These guys won a gold medal in the Australian Highlands Wine Show for their merlot. 

 

Sally's Corner Wines

 

St. Maur Estate 

Opening hours ::  Friday - Sunday 1030am-430pm
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes, but bookings appreciated.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Groups 6 or more to pre-book
Breakfast :: No
Lunch :: No
Dinner :: No
Snacks :: No
Pet friendly :: Dog-friendly
Parking :: Yes
Accessibility :: Level entry with a small step. 
Good to Know :: Become a member of the St Maur Wine Club to access the member’s-only private dining room. Fab!

 

St. Maur
 

SUTTON FOREST
 

Cherry Tree Hill Wines

Opening hours ::  7 Days a week 10am-5pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes, bookings recommended on weekends.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Bookings essential for groups of 4+.
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: Variety of light meals and snacks including local tasting boards and gourmet pies on weekends. 
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: Light meals and snacks on weekends.
Pet friendly :: Dog friendly.
Parking :: Yes.
Accessibility :: Level access (gravel driveway).
Good to know :: The Lorentz family have owned and run the property for over 30 years.


Cherry Tree Hill Wines

 

Eling Forest Estate 

Opening hours ::  7 days 10:30am-4:30pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Private tours for groups available. 
Breakfast :: Yes (in the café).
Lunch :: Yes (in the café).
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: Light meals available in the café.
Pet friendly :: Pet friendly
Parking :: Yes
Accessibility :: Yes 
Good to know :: There is a beautiful cottage and homestead onsite available for overnight stays. 

 

Eling Forest Estate

 

Sutton Forest Estate Wines

Opening hours :: Fridays to Sundays 10am-5pm.
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes but bookings preferred.
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Book via appointment for larger groups or tastings Monday-Thursday. 
Breakfast :: No.
Lunch :: No.
Dinner :: No.
Snacks :: Antipasto platters, cheese platters, café food, tea and coffee available. 
Pet friendly :: Dogs allowed outside. 
Parking :: Yes.
Accessibility :: Wheelchair friendly.
Good to know :: This family run second-generation vineyard draw on their Italian heritage to create quality wines, including a delicious chianti! 

 

Sutton Forest Estate
 

Southern Highlands Winery

Opening hours ::  Thursday - Monday 10:30am-4:30pm
Drop in wine tastings :: Yes
Pre-booked wine tastings :: Wine tours available for groups of 10 or more.
Breakfast :: No
Lunch & Dinner :: Yes, in the SHW Restaurant Thursday to Sunday 11:30am - 9:00pm
Snacks :: No, but there is an option to order something from the restaurant menu. 
Pet friendly :: Dogs allowed outside
Parking :: Plenty of offsite parking
Accessibility :: Yes
Good to Know :: They regularly run awesome cooking classes, focusing on Italian food (mmmmm pasta……). 

 

Southern Highlands WInery

 

So good to see most of our local cellar doors open again! We updated this article in June 2020 but with restrictions lifting and social distancing requirements changing regularly, many businesses are extending their hours and offerings as they can, so we recommend a quick phone call to your cellar door of choice before you head there. Cheers! 

 

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