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SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

Sydney's most proximate wine region, just an hour and 20 minutes out of the CBD, the picturesque Southern Highlands may not play on the same touristic level as the bigger players due north and northwest but this is almost certainly its most endearing feature. You're in for an authentically charming time when you visit this part of New South Wales. Verdant rolling hills, orchards and vines define the landscape; family-owned cellar doors, chic boutiques and B&Bs – not to mention incredible local produce – complete the picture. The wine quality, particularly pinot noir, has improved out of sight in recent years, too – a real bonus.  DOM SWEENEY

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PEPPERGREEN ESTATE

Star Cellar Door & CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(02) 4877 1070 
peppergreenestate.com.au

Everything that is great about the Southern Highlands is exemplified at PepperGreen Estate, situated just off the Old Hume Highway in the historic hamlet of Berrima. Housed in a former antiques shop, the inviting cellar door-come-dining room tastefully treads the line between quaint and sophisticated. Visitors are offered not just a tasting of the sensational line-up of sparkling, riesling, pinot noir, tempranillo and shiraz, but exceptional food, too, thanks to renowned head chef Mark Chance who champions local produce in a menu that pairs artfully with the PepperGreen range of wines. A long lunch following your tasting? It'd be rude not to. 

TOP DROP: 2018 PepperGreen Estate Pinot Noir CC, A$45

CENTENNIAL VINEYARDS
Best Large Cellar Door

(02) 4861 8700
centennial.net.au

DAWNING DAY
Best SMALL Cellar Door

0401 715 772
dawningday.com.au

ST MAUR
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(02) 4883 4401
stmaurwines.com.au

BENDOOLEY ESTATE
Cellar Door with Best Accommodation

(02) 4868 8788 bendooleyestate.com.au

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