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Take the high road and enjoy a bounty of delicious locally-grown produce and award-winning cool climate wines.

Lamb and beef raised here have long been sought after by chefs and specialist butchers across the state and further afield. Grazing on the region’s lush pastures, it seems, produces exceptionally tender and succulent cuts of meat.

Orchards flourish in our high altitude climate. In season, you can buy freshly-picked berries, apples, pears and stone fruits from farm stands and local markets, or head out of town to pick your own – a popular activity for families with children.

Elsewhere in the region, trout farmers, bakers, cheese makers, and even a chocolatier, are among a growing number of small businesses producing delectable artisanal foods, perfect for popping into picnic baskets.

At the monthly farmer’s markets held in most of the towns, you’ll also find local honey, home-made jams and chutneys, olive oil, teas and, of course, assorted garden vegetables and free-range eggs, among the array of local food products for sale.


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New England Wine Tours

Tour the New England High Country’s wineries and breweries the right way: with someone else driving Let’s face it, touring breweries and wineries is infinitely more fun when no one in your group has to be designated driver. When you’re all free to have a tipple and enjoy the nectar of the gods, good times are sure to flow as freely as the amber ale. That’s why we love the New England Beer and Wine Tour. Departing Uralla and Armidale respectively, the tour takes guests by mini-bus to some of the region’s fabulous, award-winning cellar doors located in the picturesque surrounds of this charming region. Whether you are a wine novice or a connoisseur you will enjoy this relaxing, slow ride as you sniff, swirl and sip your way through a select group of the region’s wines and vineyards. The tours are run through Thunder Ridge Wines, and regularly take in Merilba Estate and the New England Brewing Company, stopping for lunch along the way. For a fabulous day out with friends or your loved one in New England, book yourself onto a wine tour and sit back and relax as you are ferried from vineyard to vineyard. Life’s tough, but someone’s got to do it.