Wineries: New England High Country

Emprise Staff — 1 May 2019

On weekends year round, you can head out of town to one of the cellar door operations that serve food with a view of the vineyards. 

There are more than 20 cellar doors open to visitors and convivial winemakers are on hand to introduce their wines and chat for hours.

In 2008, the New England was declared an official Australian wine region for its unique climatic and topographic conditions. It is, in fact, a re-emerging wine region with grape growing dating back to the first settlers.

These days, vineyards in the region are generating quite a lot of excitement for producing cool climate wines of a distinctive style. On the New England wine trail you can taste a number of award-winning wines.

Merilba Estate

Heaven for wine lovers, Merilba Estate has a beautifully restored cellar door and award-winning restaurant. Be sure to stock up on the cool climate wines before you leave!

Kingstown Rd, Uralla, Ph: 02 6778 9145

Sat and Sun: 11am - 4pm

Kurrajong Downs

Located 6 minutes east of Tenterfield, visit the cellar door for wine tasting and sales, while enjoying the spectacular views over the vineyard and valley. Red, white, sweet and sparkling, you’re sure to find your perfect match at Kurrajong Downs.

11812 Bruxner Highway, Tenterfield, Ph: 02 6736 4590

Thurs - Sun: 9:30am - 4pm

Zappa Wines

Zappa Wines from Dumaresq Valley Vineyard is proudly owned and operated by the Zappa family. Complimentary tasting and wine sales, take a winery tour, enjoy a BBQ or stroll through the vines.

7459 Bruxner Way, Tenterfield, Ph: 02 6737 5281 / 0458 250 672

Open Daily 9am to 5pm

Reedy Creek Estate Winery

The De Stefani Family have been making wine since the 1970s. Shiraz vines are over 40 years old, a perfect complement to the newer Prosecco vines. Wine tasting, sales, tea and coffee and platters. Lunch available, bookings essential. Accommodation (cottage) available. Camping along Dumaresq River.

6617 Bruxner Way, Tenterfield, Ph: 02 6737 5221

Open Daily 9am to 5pm

Splitters Swamp Vineyards

Located 35km south of Tenterfield, Splitters Swamp is nestled amongst grazing properties and spectacular granite outcrops of the Bolivia District. The rich granite soil and cold winters and summer rainfall produces a wonderful example of cold climate wines. The Vineyard was established in 1996, and the current plantings include Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot grapes.

119 Mt Speribo Road, Bolivia, Ph: 02 6737 3640 / 0427 162 837

Open by appointment, please phone.