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We reveal the best wine regions and wineries near Sydney, where they are, whether they are worth visiting, what you can expect if you visit, the main grape varieties grown there and any other insights to help the wine lover visiting Sydney.
You will learn about famous wine regions like the Hunter Valley while also learning about some names you may not have read about before like Mudgee, Orange and Berry.
The most famous and well visited wine region near Sydney is the Hunter Valley, 2.5 hours drive north of the city. It’s also the oldest wine region in Australia with history dating back to the 1820’s and proudly claiming over 150 local wineries. The region draws local and international visitors right through the year who come to sample varietals like semillon, chardonnay, shiraz, verdehlo at renowned wineries like Bimbadgen, Brokenwood, Audrey Wilkinson, Tyrell’s and many more. Pair this with amazing local food, optional hot air balloon or scenic flights and it’s easy to see why this iconic Sydney wine region is so popular. With many wineries to choose from we recommend you plan your visit on a Hunter Valley Private Tour so that you can fully enjoy your day.
Wait a minute, where?? That’s what we thought when we first heard about this tiny little known wine region near Sydney. With 3 wineries and only 1 cellar door (another to come soon) this micro wine region is found inside the Blue Mountains and is officially elevated cool climate and the grapes enjoy fabulous granite soil that produces the signature local varietal of crisp riesling. You can also enjoy some wonderful rosé, pinot grigio, tempranillo and chardonnay with one of the most stunning tasting room experiences you will ever find. If you are visiting Sydney and want to sample wine but not spend a whole day doing it then a Megalong Valley winery is a great option and can be combined into a Blue Mountains private tour into this Unesco listed destination.
Only in Australia would a place called Orange grow amazing grapes and this wonderful food and wine and region near Sydney is famed for the quality of its wines. An elevated cool climate region at 600 metres above sea level, Orange is 3.5 hours drive to the west of Sydney, requiring you to cross the spectacular Blue Mountains to reach. In the white varieties the region produces fabulous riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc while in the red wines it is famous for classics like shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. Unless you are up for a very early start and lots of driving this region is tough to make in a day trip and is better explored with an overnight visit. The local food and climate are also a highlight and the Orange wine region is well worth considering for serious wine drinkers.
This stunningly scenic wine region south of Sydney is often overshadowed by the Hunter to the north, but should not be overlooked. It presents an excellent option for those seeking an authentic experience without having to deal with the large tourist numbers. Located just over an hours drive from this elevated cool climate region produces some wonderful wines from younger vines and you can expect to sample chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris, arneis, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and even gewurztraminer from around 50 vineyards. Great sightseeing, shopping and restaurants makes this an excellent day tour for those looking to escape the crowds.