Find Port Macquarie’s best wineries for 2018.
There are few things we love more than a lazy afternoon of wine tasting and long lunching at a winery, and Port Macquarie has some of the best. Move over Hunter Valley – we’ve sipped our way through the best of our local vineyards just so we could share it with you, because wine not?
Step into the cellar door at this family run vineyard in Port Macquarie and work your way through the extensive range from shiraz to chardonnay, before enjoying a luxurious lunch at Seasons at Cassegrain. With a strong focus on seasonal produce, the French inspired menu changes regularly depending on what the chef has in stock. Our pick? The Vintners Lunch with two mouth-watering courses with matched wine for $35. Warm up with beef bourguignon and sweeten the deal with a crème bruleé. Magnifique!
Overlooking the lush vineyards of Innes Lake Estates, Little Fish Café is a slice of paradise. The French restaurant is renowned for its slow cooked glazed lamb shank with confit vegetables, Basque style chicken and premium Scotch filet mignons – so do as the Parisians do and turn a meal into a day-long activity. Sip your way through the Little Fish and Innes Lake range before taking a wander around the grounds.
Specialising in chardonnay, frontignac and Verdelho, cabernet and chambourain, this Lake Cathie Vineyard and art gallery is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon tasting your way through the vineyard. BYO picnic, lounge on the lawn and take in the outdoor sculptures for a unique afternoon activity for the whole family.
They had us at merlot: nestled at the foot of Broken Bago Mountain, this Port Macquarie winery boasts exotic varietals AND the largest hedge maze in NSW – a truly powerful combo. From Verdelho and Viognier to sparkling and fortified, these guys bring so much more than the cellar door. Reward yourself for conquering the puzzle by sipping your way through their range, and a cheese platter on the pergola.
This volunteer run winery in Port Macquarie is a must see for both locals and visitors. The serene vineyard has five wines available to taste, as well as a historic homestead to explore. Bring a picnic blanket, a basket of meats and cheeses and stretch out on the grounds for the afternoon. Douglas Vale is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.
Rose’s Vineyard and animal farm is the ideal setting for a wholesome family day out that even mum can enjoy. Watch the kids run wild at the petting zoo while you run wild with a bottle of sparkling rose in the cellar door, then grab some tucker once they’re tuckered out.
Keen to explore Port Macquarie’s wineries? We guarantee you’ll have a grape time.