Be sure to keep an eye out on their website for upcoming wine dinners—they’re pretty special. Mudgee Wine School (Early aside, if you’re driving from Sydney at least, the country escape starts about an hour along the Castlereagh Highway - the scenery and its bouncy inhabitants are a stunning reminder of the beauty which lies just outside of Australia’s cities.). The tasting room is a beautiful piece of architecture (serious house goals here) and the wine is top notch. 1320 Castlereagh Highway, Apple Tree Flat. Outdoor. Try the Mudgee Mud (a local fave) which is a dark imperial stout or, for something lighter, the Mudgee Pale Ale will cure what ails you. Please check you have entered your email address correctly before continuing. Please check you have entered your email address correctly. Join the Woolpack every Wednesday for a fun game of bingo with great…, Upcoming Dates Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns The history of Gooree Park is fascinating, 40 years ago Filipino business man Eduardo Cojuangco (of San Miguel fame) chose Mudgee over Kentucky, USA, to breed thoroughbreds and now is the largest local landowner with 555 acres on the vine and 2200 acres dedicated to wagyu beef cattle. ICYMI, Mudgee has a tonne of wineries. As you walk up to the path the bubbling delights of the kitchen waft across the pathway before you even see into the restaurant. But as well as the high-end, there are thankfully still stalls which sell clearly homemade backed goods. Save Blue Mountains Glow Worm Tour to your collection. Not on Gary’s watch, he’s taken the name back calling his 8.5 per cent Imperial Stout, the Mudgee Mud. 1 million Australian readers every month list your event. While it’s homemade fruit breads, pastries, and relish and pomegranate jam are delicious, Alby and Esther’s is famous for its jaffle. Should you need somewhere to park your airplane, Hangar House Mudgee is your place. To make the most of the tastings, and to avoid having to choose a designated driver, reserve a seat on the Mudgee Tourist Bus. To help you with your planning (so there’s more time for wine drinking), here’s where to eat, drink, stay and play when in Mudgee. There is a small shopping district in the heart of the town, featuring names like Mudgee Art House, homewares stores Whatever and Cedar Cicada and fashion shopfront Edited and Co. It’s great for a post-prandial stroll and purchasing the country hat you always thought you needed. The house made beans will keep you sustained throughout the longest of wine tastings, and their pastries are pretty hard to resist when paying your bill. What once may have been a sleepy country town has woken from its slumber and, in true Sleeping Beauty-style, is now better and more beautiful than ever. It is named after the previous owners’ grandparents, Leigh says that’s because her grandparent’s names did not make for a good café moniker. (Supplied), Country Escape Tours offer horseback treks along the Turon River. Settling in for a beer tasting you won’t go wrong as there’s a wide and tasty range. Save UHWIB Ladies Day at the Races to your collection. About 45 minutes out of Mudgee and past the eerie Lake Windamere and its dead trees hauntingly projecting from the water, lies de Beaurepaire wines run by Richard and Janet for the last 20 years. Save March Uniting Church Sunday Worship to your collection. It’s a little bit of the city in Mudgee. I ask her secret, “That you enjoy them,” she says. “The bigger the bubbles the bigger the headache,” Jackie Trott tells us at the Gooree Park Cellar Door. There’s gins, Limoncello, coffee liquors, vodkas but it’s tough to go past the butterscotch schnapps. Lining up plans in Mudgee? Down a brick alleyway which opens up into an intimate courtyard, Alby and Esthers is a rustic café, set around a silver birch tree with vine’s overhead. Couple your meal with a glass (or more) of the local wines on hand and you’re onto a winner. With an ever-changing menu, and a number of craft beers on tap, this little spot will fill that hole in your belly. The views over the vineyards and onto the fields are stunning and the optional cheeseboard is pretty fantastic too. Pick up some honey, knick-knacks and gifts, and maybe even some snacks while you’re there. Share Copy of Saturday 10am Levels 1 and 2 with your friends. Share Everglades House & Gardens - Timed Entry with your friends. John’s classically understated Australian passion for it - and supreme knowledge - delivered in one-liners, make this evening a cracker. And then there’s the planets. And that’s what I mean when I say: you are three hours from Sydney but two worlds away … Bonjour Rylstone. Whilst I’m being brought back down to earth by Leigh, I realise the real charm of this tiny town that has reinvented itself as a gourmet’s paradise … it’s all done with a beautiful Australian twist. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in October. Invest two-million in it!,” Blue Wren manager Paul Mallet, says. Across the road from the café in the church foreground are the Mudgee Farmers Markets with everything from home-made honey (the ginger is outstanding), to freshly baked bread, olives, plants and cupcakes that look like they’ve been thrown together by more artist than chef. The upside to driving is that you’ll be able to get yourself around the place when you’re there and you won’t have to worry about baggage limits from all the wine you’ll probably end up buying. Members Happy Hours. Watching the rings of Saturn through the lens is a genuine, ‘Wow’ moment. The highlight of tonight’s meal is the Grassland’s chicken roasted with truffle mashed potato, today’s vegetables verjuice and preserved lemon jus. As it warms the soul, Pam and David Stewart welcome Bianca and I to their luxury bed and breakfast The Birches. Markets. Have your wine and drink it too, they say! more categories. The modern-feel venue, with echoes of European charm – such as the beautifully lit tree-lined driveway leading up to the main building - offers a range of very drinkable wines which to end the day while talking about Jupiter. All rights reserved. An immersive wine tasting class that will ensure your armed with all the tips and tricks for a…. Share UHWIB Ladies Day at the Races with your friends. Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets 2015. It wouldn’t have stood a chance. Send me emails with travel deals, special offers and other information. Magnificent Mudgee: Top 5 things to do on your weekend break. Country Escape Tours – which offer bespoke farm gate tours, cooking classes and sister hood of the traveling lunch trips - know this part of the world like few others and as well as safe arrival, you’re guaranteed some solid history. This family owned boutique winery in Mudgee is small, personal and very friendly. Just over three hours north-west of Sydney and, as it turns out, two worlds away - more on that later – lies a town of just over 10,000 which has reinvented itself over the past decade as a beacon for those who love a tipple and a nibble … welcome to Mudgee. Whatever you choose to do, it’s going to be a good time. After 15 minutes off road, we land at the stables in the Capertee Valley. If playing nice with others isn’t your thing, they also offer private tours. What you get from Dennis is more an educational than sales experience and learning what you should plant with what and how plants cross pollinate is intriguing. What's On in Mudgee Region, Gulgong, Kandos, Rylstone. Their pizzas are wood-fired and are all best paired with the wines from their vineyards, which have been conveniently recommended next to every dish. Set in a gorgeous modern farmhouse overlooking the countryside, this is the perfect place for a long and lazy lunch. Discover the best things to do this weekend in Mudgee, foodie things, artistic love or just aimlessly cycling! Maybe not financially, but they do taste good … and his range all have a unique personality and like most the sustenance down this way, come with a yarn. We then meet Sandy at the Royal Hotel in the tiny village of Capertee, a welcome relief from the relentless discussion about my inability to put petrol in the car. Corner of Perry and Gladstone Streets, Mudgee. The views over the vineyards and onto the fields are stunning and the optional cheeseboard is pretty fantastic too. And now for the most unexpected of unexpected gems - the best dumplings I have ever tasted. on 5 September, 2014 at 09:38. Such is his love of the horses he names his wines after them and industry stars like Gai Waterhouse are no stranger to his property. I don’t like saying anything is a must, but for those who love food in a homely venue … knock on this door. Save Halloween @ Hunter Belle to your collection. Looking for somewhere else to escape to this weekend? You can’t help but notice the history of the property which has housed highwaymen and a Melbourne Cup winner. As John describes it’s importance to Galileo’s theories of the universe, you watch in awe as its four moons Io, Europa, Ganymese and Callisto float there quite literally in space and take your breath away, A problem that would be fixed, for both of us, by dinner ….