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Southern Highlands

Despite its relative youth in the context of wine production, the Southern Highlands show an increasing confidence and maturity with every vintage. Planted originally to traditional cool-climate varieties, such as riesling and pinot noir, there are more interesting grapes and blends being successfully experimented with, such as gewürztraminer, grüner veltliner and pinot blanc. Increasing food and wine tourism is bringing greater investment in quality cellar doors and continuing the growth of the closest wine region to Australia’s largest city.

Tertini

Star Cellar Door

(02) 4878 5213
tertiniwines.com.au

While Tertini has consistently been one of the best cellar doors to visit in this region, the addition of wines from their newest vineyards in Tasmania gives an added dimension to the offering.

Tertini has always been about the wine. No gimmicks, no sideshows – just passionate staff showcasing the wares in a cosy, relaxed space. This is a cellar door for the wine enthusiast to take in a snapshot of the region.

There is an extensive range of wines available to taste, from the more traditional rieslings (dry and off-dry), chardonnays and pinot noirs to the more obscure (but regionally appropriate) arneis, lagrein and refosco.

You will find a very personal, individualised tasting experience without the pushy sales spiel. There’s even a tub of pears, sugar plums, pumpkins and other produce from the vineyard to occasionally help yourself to. BEN SHEPHARD

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2019 Tertini Pinot Blanc, A$33

Centennial Vineyards
BEST Large CELLAR DOOR

(02) 4861 8700
centennial.net.au

Cherry Tree Hill
Best Small Cellar Door

0403 432 872
cherrytreehill.com.au

PepperGreen Estate
BEST Tasting EXPERIENCE

(02) 4877 1070
peppergreenestate.com.au

Bendooley Estate
Cellar Door with Best Food

(02) 4868 8788
bendooleyestate.com.au

Artemis
Best Additional Cellar Door Experience (Sunday vinyl sessions)

0401 199 075
artemiswines.com.au