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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 are 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. If you are on this page with plans for a private winery tour from Sydney then feel free to contact us to see how we can help you plan the perfect day. Cheers.
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 2 cellar doors (tasting rooms) 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 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.
The stunningly scenic Southern Highlands wine region 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.
The rural township if Mudgee, 3 hours west from Sydney over the Blue Mountains, is a classic Australian community and a region that is gaining strong interest from both local and overseas travellers. It is a similar driving distance from Sydney as the Hunter but without doubt a more spectacular journey with a chance to see what lies beyond the mountains on the quest towards the mystical Australian ‘outback’. There is some serious wine to be sampled out there too with great names like Lowe, Stein, Bunnamagoo, Logan producing world class varietals such as riesling, chardonnay, Verdelho, Cabernet Sauvignon and classic Australian shiraz. Numerous wonderful cellar door experiences and fabulous dining options complete the trifecta making the Mudgee region a great destination to explore for adventure travellers.
So there you have it wine lovers, a little local’s guide to some of the best wine regions near Sydney to help with your travel plans to Australia. Hopefully you have picked up the most important point which is that the quality of wine in Australia is generally excellent and there are plenty of amazing options to get out and taste. Sydney city also has couple of urban wine tasting experiences so if you have limited time then get in touch and we can build that in to a city based tour itinerary. See you in Sydney 🙂
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