Mudgee Wineries: The Red Varietal Country Town

by Alexandra Matkowsky

Mudgee is a town northwest of Sydney in New South Wales. It is well-known for its stunning countryside, heritage buildings and unique Mudgee wineries. Mudgee lies on the banks of the Cudegong River with plenty to do and see for the entire family. With over 40 vineyards, numerous cafes and restaurant, historic buildings and annual events – Mudgee should be on your list of places to visit when wineries in New South Wales come to mind. 

First Ridge Estate, Source: http://firstridge.com.au

Getting There

By Car:

From Sydney, Mudgee is around a 3 and a half hour drive along the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains. Alternatively, you can follow the Bells Line of the road to Lithgow. Just past Lithgow is where you’ll find the turnoff for Mudgee. 

If you’re driving from Newcastle it will take around 4 hours via Maitland, Denman and Sandy Hallow. Take the Bylong Balley Way. Alternatively, take the road via Merriwa and Ulan to Mudgee. 

If you’re heading to Mudgee via Canberra, it will take you around 5 hours via Yass or via Cowra. 

By Plane:

You can fly from Sydney to Mudgee which takes 50-minutes. Flights are available via FlyPelican on Monday – Friday and Sunday’s. 

Train and Bus:

Hop on a train via the Sydney Rail Network and then get a coach (bus) out to Mudgee. Coach services link with the Sydney Rail Network at Lithgow every day. 

Wineries

A region home to more than 40 wineries with over 150 years of wine-making history which produce sensational wines and produce, Mudgee has become one of New South Wales most loved regions. It’s difficult to choose just a few wineries to visit so we’ve put together our top six to help you decide. Its warm climate is perfect for those Mediterranean inspired wines like Tempranillo and Grenache. Surrounded by fertile soil, it is the third largest grape-producing region in New South Wales.

1. Burnbrae Wines

Andy and Trine Gay – husband and wife and owners of Burnbrae Wines have a simple philosophy: to enjoy great wine with friends. With numerous years of experience in the wine industry, Andy and Trine took over the family business and kept the dream alive of producing great wine and produce to the people of Mudgee and beyond.

Burnbrae is one of the oldest wineries in Mudgee, they have been producing wine since 1971, in an open-aired winery under peppercorn trees that still stand on the property today. A historic converted dance hall is now home to their romantic cellar door, providing wine tastings with a chance to learn about the history of the winery and how it became one of New South Wales’ great Mudgee vineyards. 

We recommend adding this winery to your list when visiting Mudgee. Indulge in some unique wines accompanied by antipasto boards full of local and seasonal produce. If you’re visiting on a Sunday – devour one of their pizzas and very own brewed beer.

Reviews
5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.9 ⭐️ Google rating

Burnbrae Wines, Source: https://burnbraewines.com.au

 

2.Burrundulla Wines

Established almost 200 years ago in 1822 by the Cox family in Mudgee, Burrundulla is one of Australia’s oldest family-run properties. In 1845, grapes were planted Burrundulla in the attempt to replicate the success the Cox family was having with their vineyard at their second property in Mulgoa.

A laid-back vineyard recognised for its numerous awards and 100% estate grown wines. Relax in the cellar door and explore their range of delectable wines from a class Cabernet Sauvignon to their newer varieties like Sangiovese and Tempranillo.

Indulge in a variety of platters available or experience the highly regarded ‘Our Chow’ cafe each weekend. Whether you’re with a small or larger group – Burrundulla is able to cater for up to 100 people at a time.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.8 ⭐️ Google rating

Burrundulla Wines, Source: https://burrundulla.com.au

 

3. Moothi Estate

A family owned and operated winery established in 1995 by the Moore family. Moothi Estate is known for its award-winning wines, irresistible lunch platters and even better vineyard views. Phil and Sue Moore’s vision was to create a vineyard, optimum for grape growing in the hopes to produce outstanding wines. 

Over 20 hectares of beautiful, mature vines make up this estate. Thriving on the premium soil mixture of red clay, limestone, quartz and ironstone gibber. The Moore’s mission was to always ensure they are making wine they love, with passion. You can often find the two sitting upon their veranda, indulging in one of their signature platters whilst watching people enjoying the wines. All while local kangaroos pass by.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.8 ⭐️ Google rating

Moothi Estate, Source: https://www.moothiestate.com.au

 

4. First Ridge Wines

Located just 10 kilometres from the town of Mudgee at an elevation of 580 metres. The vineyard sits upon rolling hills whilst overlooking the Cudgegong River Valley. First Ridge has been producing their premium grapes to various wineries in Australia for a little under 20 years. After numerous years of experience in growing and selling grapes, First Ridge decided it was time to produce their own label.   

Only a 5-minute drive from the town centre of Mudgee, First Ridge wines are dedicated to growing and producing nothing but premium Italian wine varieties. Which they have been doing for over 20 years.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.9 ⭐️ Google rating

First Ridge Estate, Source: http://firstridge.com.au

5. Lowe Wines

An organic vineyard and winery specialising in making small batches of wine using innovative techniques. Their vineyards hold grapes that are grown according to both biodynamic and organic farming techniques – making Lowe wines stand out from the crowd. With extensive experience in winemaking, their wines are of high-quality, rich in flavour with grapes coming from healthy and strong plants.

Their flagship grape variety is Zinfandel. Their cellar door has tastings on offer to try their unique, organic and unirrigated wine. They have the perfect platters packed full of local produce to accommodate their wines or indulge in a gourmet picnic box on the lawn, surrounded by stunning vines for just $35.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.7 ⭐️ Google rating

Lowe Wines, Source: https://www.lowewine.com.au

 

6. Huntington Estate

24 varieties of grapes over 40 hectares of land makes up Huntington Estate. The estate sits right in the middle of what’s known as Mudgee’s “Golden Circle” of vineyards. Thriving on the cool nights and clear days to ripen the grapes to perfection. In 1969, Huntington Estate began on a once rundown orchard. Bob Roberts started by planting some vines in the hopes of making some of Australia’s best wines at affordable prices. Bob chose Mudgee as the home to his vineyard for its cool, dry climate – suited to the classic Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Striving to make extraordinary wines of great flavour, this is exactly what Bob and Wendy Roberts manage to do. Their focus is the quality of the wine. They invest in the grape growing and winemaking as opposed to investing in packaging and marketing. You won’t find a luxurious cellar door but you will find great wines and even better service. You won’t find a ‘young’ wine on offer, they release their reds between 4-5 years of age when the wine is at their premium. 

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.7 ⭐️ Google rating

Things to do and places to stay

Although Mudgee may be small, there is so much on offer apart from the numerous Mudgee vineyards to explore. If you’re into live music – Roth’s wine bar host acoustic gigs on the weekends. A little further down the road is where you’ll find Mudgee Brewing Company – indulge in a cool, refreshing pint whilst listening to live music on Thursday, Friday’s and Sunday’s. 

There is no shortage of possible adventuring in Mudgee, with the Wollemi National Park to explore and Dunns swamp (forms the head of the Cudgegong River). Take a walk through the historic town or explore one of the numerous cycling spots.

Mudgee is known for producing high-quality food, using local produce. We recommend visiting the Wineglass Restaurant – with a seasonal menu with the greatest Mudgee wines to match. If you’re after a coffee and a bite to eat – Alby + Esthers with a courtyard shared by grapevines or indoor seating inside an art gallery.

If you’re after a stunning weekend away, we recommend turning your trip into a little getaway. There is plenty of accommodation to suit couples, families or even larger groups. Stunning accommodation we think you’ll love is Evanslea Luxury Cottages. On 9 acres of property, with beautiful views of the Cudgegong River and beyond. Just a short walk into town, this luxury accommodation has spa cottages to stay in and private wine tours on offer for guests. If you’re after something a little more rustic, Mudgee Bed and Breakfast was built in the 1800s. The stunning country house is 2 kilometres from town. However, there is a complimentary driver ready to take you where you need to go.

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