The Shoalhaven area, with its maritime weather, rolling hills and everlasting greenery, has been producing award winning wines for almost a century and a half.

Silos Estate, Berry ($)

Silo Estate Wineries, since 1870, have been producing a range of premium wines that compliment and draw from the distinct characteristics of the Shoalhaven region. Nestled between the mountains and the coastline, Silo Estate have 12 acres of vineyard with seven varieties of grapes: Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec which are sold under Silos Estate brand.

For groups over 10, including a 30 minute wine-tasting experience with a Silo Estate winemaker, booking are essential. For smaller groups, tastings are free and a booking is not needed. If your group is over 10, a small fee of $3 will be needed.

Silo Estate is located at B640 along the Princes Highway in Berry.

Coolangatta Estate ($$)

As history goes, the first grapes of the NSW South coast were grown on the foothills of Mt. Coolangatta by Alexander Berry in the mid-1800s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Greg Bishop saw the potential to produce quality wines in the mild Shoalhaven climate. Planting a modest vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc on the eastern slope of Mt. Coolangatta, Bishop named the vineyard “Cullengatty”.

Fast forward 30 years, and Coolangatta Estate, with a 20 year partnership with Tyrrell’s Winery in the Hunter Valley, has become the largest wine producer in the Shoalhaven area, and has won the most awards for a winery on the South Coast of NSW.

Known particularly for their medium-bodied red wines, the Coolangatta Estate Cellar Door offers much more than just a taste – the grounds feature a giant chessboard and a fire grill with marquee seating.

The fire grill, which caters for morning tea, lunch and dinner, is open daily with a main averaging $28 and a children’s menu.

Cambewarra Estate ($$)

Established in 1991 by the Cole family, they had a dream to produce premium wines which drew inspiration from, and emphasises, the characteristics of the region.

Planted across 20 acres of dairy land, The Camberwarra Estate harvest Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, the exciting new variety Chamboucin, and Verdelho, which was the winner of a Boutique Wine Trophy

Cambewarra Estate is open 10-5pm on weekends, and also take bookings for a Sunday lunch on the grounds.

Cuppitt’s ($$$) 

Cuppitt’s Winery, microbrewery and restaurant, all situated within a historic, converted stone creamery which dates back to 1851, it’s worth the short 35-minute drive from Sussex Inlet to Ulladulla.

The cellar door is open for wine tastings from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment. The real gem of Cuppit’s is that will appeal to the foodie, the beer-lover, the wine aficionado, and the history buff. They’ve got several craft ales, including an oak aged stout that is raved about locally.

Hopping on over to the restaurant, and head chef Russell Chinn serves up French and English masterpieces, from ‘Roasted Rump of Junee Lamb, Tomato Pearl Cous Cous, Sauteed Eggplant, Rosie’s Fetta, Mint and Nettle Salsa’ to ‘Grilled Local Snapper Fillet, Fennel, Caperberry, Avocado Salad and Chilli Mojos’. Amazing, right?

You can grab any two main courses for $53, or three for $68.

Feel free to bring along the kidlets, Chinn and the gang at Cuppitt’s are more than happy to cater for children, with meals starting at $14.

Drink responsibly.

*all prices and locations are accurate at time of publication, January 2016

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