LUNCH IN THE VINES :: Southern Highlands Wineries With Fab Restaurants
Your Go To Guide For Which Local Wineries To Head To For A Long Lunch.
What’s better than a long lunch? A long lunch at a winery! Local food and wine writer, Alana Kaye (also known as The Wine Wench) has put together a list of local wineries that also serve lunch. We recommend just working your way through the list – one weekend at a time!
Food and wine go together like Netflix and chill, avocado and toast, and coffee and Monday morning. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of the wineries in the Highlands that also serve lunch!
Who doesn’t love a bit of delicious food to line your stomach before or after a wine tasting? Here’s a list of fabulous cellar doors where you can also grab some food with something here to suit every budget and taste. Yum!
When you arrive at Centennial, you can tell straight up you’re in for a treat. It’s a special place to grab a bite, and if you sit on the veranda, the views are lovely.
Opening hours :: Open 7 days a week from 10am
Menu ::The food here is all top-quality local produce and the menu changes seasonally so you know you’re getting the best the region has to offer.
Good to know :: After something fancy? You can grab High Tea or Devonshire Tea at Centennial – call to enquire.
Highlight :: Last time I ate there, I was blown away by the eggplant kasundi. Chef Murray if you’re reading this, can I have the recipe pretty please??
If chill vibes and a relaxed atmosphere are what you’re after, you simply cannot go wrong at Artemis.
Opening hours :: Open 7 days a week, 11am-4pm.
Menu :: On offer all the time are some cracking cheese and nibble boards that use locally made produce. On Friday and Saturday at the moment you can enjoy Ms. Pho’s Vietnamese Food Van, serving up rice paper rolls, spring rolls and chicken wings. On Sundays, chow down on some woodfired pizzas.
Good to know :: Artemis is a pretty popular place, so I’d suggest booking a table in advance to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, if you don’t mind making friends with the grass, pull up, grab a picnic blanket and claim your spot!
Highlight :: Artemis is a great family-friendly venue. There’s loads of space for little tykes to let off some steam while the grown-ups enjoy their adult grape juice.
Wine + food + books = my heaven! If anyone needs me, I’ll be at Bendooley... Seriously though, you won’t want to leave once you’ve seen and tasted what this place has to offer.
Opening hours :: Open 7 days a week, with weekday lunches from 12pm and weekend lunches from 12:30pm.
Menu :: You’ll find an extensive menu with plenty of options, including pizzas, grilled meats, seafood and more. My advice? Don’t miss the baked meringue...!
Good to know :: The vibes here are pretty relaxed, but the food and service is anything but. You’re in for a fabulous experience that’ll only be enhanced by a wine tasting after lunch!
Highlight :: There are multiple dining options depending on what mood you’re in. You can plop down next to the fire, get cosy with some books or enjoy the outdoors on the patio. I’ve even seen people sitting on the grass with a bottle when the weather’s good.
If you’ve got coffee on the brain, this café should be on your list. Not only is it on the lovely grounds of Eling Forest Estate, but the baristas really know what they’re doing.
Opening hours :: Open 7 days a week, 8am-4pm.
Menu :: They specialise in breakfast, light meals and gourmet lunches with daily blackboard specials. You’ll find everything from bacon and eggs to toasties, ploughman’s platters and salads.
Good to know :: I suggest doing a tasting before lunch – that way you can choose a bottle to enjoy with your food at the café.
Highlight :: If you need to walk off your food (or clear your head after your wine tasting) make sure to go for a wander around the little lake. Alternatively, the lake is a great spot to sit and enjoy some takeaway goodies and let the kids run around.
Mamma mia! Popping into Southern Highlands Winery is like taking a trip to Italy. And did you know it’s owned and operated by three local Italian families? We have the Rossi, Corradi and Colloridi families to thank for this fab experience.
Opening hours :: Open Thursday to Monday for lunch, 12pm-3pm.
Menu :: For Chef Marco Salvestrin, local is a BIG focus. Any vegetables that he doesn’t grow himself he sources locally, he catches yabbies from a nearby dam, and works with local Highlands farmers to provide meat such as rabbit and quail.
Good to know :: Aside from à la carte, also on offer is The SHW Journey – a 4-course meal with matching wines. It’s $100pp and Chef Marco himself will serve you and talk you through each dish.
Highlight :: If you’re like me and you go nuts for Italian food, you won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer here. I also like that the menu gives you suggested wine pairings!
A visit to Mount Ashby is as close as we’re all going to get to France right now. From the moment you turn onto the tree-lined drive, you’ll be transported to the hills of Provence! BYO beret is optional (but encouraged!).
Opening hours :: Open Thursday to Sunday for lunch, 11:30am-3pm.
Menu :: Local produce prepared à la française – think lovely, rich flavours and stunning sauces. I highly recommend the pork belly paired with a glass of their rosé. The lavender crème brûlée is also divine.
Good to know :: During the early months of the year, Mount Ashby offer a 3pm booking, where you can enjoy a cheese or charcuterie platter with a glass (or bottle!) of wine on the lawn.
Highlight :: You can dine inside or out at Mount Ashby, and there are usually some adorable wine pups running around. There’s also an amazing store on site – Sally Beresford Antiques / French Farmhouse Tables showroom - that’s worth a look. You’ll find provincial 17th to 19th century antiques sourced from France and other parts of Europe, as well as some uniquely crafted French farmhouse tables made exclusively from hand selected European timbers.
So, there you go, Highlanders! That’s Sunday lunch for the next six weekends sorted – you’re welcome!
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