Article five: Wineries
A lesson to come out of recent months it is the importance of health, family and when we get caught up rushing through each day, don’t forget to take a moment to stop and smell the rosé – and fortunately for you, the South Coast is home to some of the best!
From Silos, Simall, Crooked River to Coolangatta, there is no shortage of cellar doors to experience but we highly recommend making a day of it because beyond each award-winning drop is a remarkable story.
It has been a difficult period for the region’s vineyards, majority of which have been handed down from one generation to the next, as they’ve been forced to battle their way through droughts, fires and flooding.
And when mother nature wasn’t unleashing on their crops, COVID-19 has wrecked havoc on their events calendar.
But as the weather starts to warm up, the sun is shining and confidence slowly starts to return, there are never been a more perfect - or vital - time to explore, support and experience the unique flavours of the South Coast…
To the south…
The Silos Estate label, along with their sister range, Wileys Creek, has featured at several award-winning restaurants around the state, but nothing compares with the experience of learning their story direct from their cellar door.
They have become a pillar within the Shoalhaven Community and offer a full stay, wine and dine experience.
FIND IT ON THE HIGHWAY - B640 Princes Highway, Berry
This is a second-generation family operated vineyard that resides in the foothills of Cambewarra Mountain and best known for their Chambourcin – the grape of the South Coast.
The Estate features a cellar door, restaurant, high tea, a boutique studio apartment, a vineyard reception room and stunning outdoor surrounds ideal for weddings, private functions and events. Visit their website for bookings, cellar door and more information.
WHERE - 520 Illaroo Road, Bangalee
Two Figs Winery
The wines of Two Figs are second only to the views of the river and rolling hills which encompass the property.
Set atop the foothills of Mount Coolangatta, the vineyard is named after two Moreton Bay Fig trees found on the property’s original driveway and since it’s opening in 2003, has become on of the most iconic vineyards on the Coast.
With the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, please ensure you contact Two Figs if looking to book with a group. For more information, visit their website.
WHERE - 905 Bolong Road, Back Forest
- Simall Wines
- Crooked River
- Cupitts Winery
And in a total juxtaposition to the coastal and salty infused grapes, to the west of Shell Cove is the Southern Highlands and their cool climate, award winning, wines are also worth a special mention.
With such a rich history in fresh food and produce, wines of the Highlands are known globally and there are several cellar doors atop the mountain worth visiting with family and friends…
- Southern Highland Winery
- Yarrawa Estate
- Cherry Tree Hill
- Bendooley Estate