The Southern Highlands wine region, just a short 2 hour drive from both Sydney and Canbarra, is a treasure trove for wine lovers and enthusiasts. Nestled just inland of the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region, this cool-climate region, has quickly gained acclaim for its exceptional wines, especially its Sparkling wines and Pinot Noir. The area's cool conditions are particularly conducive to producing Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc, which play a crucial role in the acclaimed sparkling wines of the region.
Over 60 wineries contribute to the Southern Highlands' growing reputation in the wine industry— with 12 open for tasting. This increase in wineries is a testament to the region's diverse soil and climate, ideal for cultivating high-quality grapes. The hands-on involvement of local vintners in every aspect of wine production reflects their deep commitment to quality.
Key wineries in the Southern Highlands, like Artemis Wines & Distillery and Centennial Vineyards, offer unique experiences. Artemis Wines is known for its Rieslings and Pinot Noirs and offers tastings, cheese and meat platters, and weekend entertainment. Centennial Vineyards stands out for its premium wines, offering a range of wine tastings, lunch options, and 'high tea' at its on-site restaurant.
Beyond wine, the Southern Highlands region is rich in rural charm, with rolling hills, heritage towns, and a variety of activities, including high teas, local produce markets, and cultural events. It's a destination that offers a perfect blend of sophisticated wine experiences and the tranquility of country life.