14 Jan 6 Mudgee Wineries You Must Visit in 2018
Dubbed as “Nature Lover’s Delight,” Stay in Mudgee offers you breathtaking views, excellent accommodation and of course, proximity to six of Mudges’s finest wineries. Within a few minutes of easy driving, you can enjoy wine tasting as you bask in the tranquil countryside.
Stay in Mudgee is nestled on a sprawling 70-acre property where you get a picturesque view of the Cudgegong River, and animals like cattle, sheep, and horses happily grazing.
Mudgee Wineries Near Stay in Mudgee
As a valued guest, you are guaranteed the best Mudgee winery accommodation to any of these six Mudgee wineries.
Logan’s Tasting Room – This winery with eye-catching architecture perches on the side of a hill with a stunning view of Mudgee vineyard and the scenic hamlet of Apple Tree Flat.
They craft their wines from grapes grown in both the Mudgee and Orange regions. These high altitude vineyards bring much to the table, creating wines of restraint and elegance akin to European styles but always with Australian fruit character.
The Logans produce wines under four labels – the eponymous and premium Logan range; Weemala – the champion of rarer varietals and styles; the well-priced Apple Tree Flat range that allows a little Logan indulgence every day; and Ridge of Tears, which heroes the best shiraz from each region.
At the Logan Tasting Room, you will certainly enjoy an uninterrupted view of the family’s vineyard as you taste the full range of Logan wines – should you wish to linger, you can buy a bottle order a cheese platter, sit back and wonder why you’ve never done this before!
Just down the road from Logan Wines is Skimstone Wines, with a very unassuming little cellar door. It is actually a tasting shed set amidst a classic landscape overlooking Cudgegong River valley.
All Skimstone’s wines, made from the family vineyard at Apple Tree Flat, has a unique terroir, giving Skimstone the ability to stand out from the crowd.
Skimstone specialises in vibrant friendly wines – in particular the Italian varieties – Sangiovese and Barbera. Handpicked in one parcel and basket-pressed, the 2016 Sangiovese is soft and elegant, and exhibits a superbly balanced palate with flavors of sour cherry, cinnamon, cardamom and soft tannins. You can also taste the 2015 classic Italian style Sangiovese Rosé. Left on the skins for 24 hours, it is then lightly pressed. It has the flavours of gooseberry, cranberry, cherry and soft tannins. Its award-winning Barbera comes from a small patch of vine picked as late as possible to allow the wine to be made on the vine for maximum fruit intensity. The grapes were cold-soaked, naturally fermented and then basket-pressed in the classic Italian style.
Whilst their range is small it is very impressive and well worth a visit. A true hidden gem.
3. First Ridge
As its name suggests, First Ridge is located on rolling ridges overlooking the beautiful Cudgegong River Valley. In 2003, viticulturist Colin Millott teamed up with John and Helen Nicholas to manage and develop First Ridge into one of Australia’s premium Italian varietal wine producers. You would agree that this vision is getting real with First Ridge awarded a Four Star Halliday rating in 2017.
First Ridge Wines also won 5 medals in the 2016 Mudgee Wine Show: Vermentino 2016 (Bronze); Enzo Blend 2015 (Bronze); Sangiovese 2013 (Silver); Barbera 2015 (Bronze); and Sangiovese 2015 (Bronze).
As you approach First Ridge’s cellar door, you’ll get awed by its unique design: the intersection of two shipping containers with an open area where wine connoisseurs like you can enjoy its award-winning wines and picture-perfect scenery over the vineyard and down the valley.
If you’re looking for a delicious alternative to Barossa Shiraz, or appreciate food-friendly reds or want quality wine that you can afford to drink every day, head for the Mongrel Vineyard Mudgee Cellar Door along Spring Flat Road. It opens its doors for wine tasting on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm. It also offers simple food platters to its guests.
5. Moothi Estate
Moothi Estate is a family-owned boutique vineyard and wine producer. Its cellar door sits atop the vineyard on Rocky Waterhole Road and provides fantastic views of the valley and surrounding ranges.
Officially opened in September 2006, it features a large tasting area with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the vines, as well as local produce tastings and hand-made jewelry.
Enjoy one of its lunch platters on the outdoor patio with a glass or bottle of your favourite Moothi Estate wine, Mudgee Brewing Co. beer or local sparkling wine. Or watch the sun go down over Mudgee from the best possible vantage point. Enjoy its award-winning wines along with plenty of gourmet canapés and live music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You may choose to taste any of the following: White wine: 2013 Moothi Dreams ‘Block 3’ Botrytis White Blend, 2017 Pinot Grigio, 2017 Riesling, 2016 Viognier; Red wine: 2017 Rose, 2016 Merlot, and 2016 Shiraz.
Established by the Cox family in 1822, Burrundulla is one of Australia’s oldest family-run properties. It is just 2 kilometers from Mudgee on the Sydney Road.
Within Burrundulla’s beautiful wine tasting room and alfresco courtyard enjoy classic, elegant-natured wines, that reflect the heritage behind the ‘history in a glass’ label.
You may opt to dine in its weekend pop up restaurant by Rachael McCarthy, a very local caterer. Enjoy homestyle hearty country cooking by the team at Mudgee Catering Co. served alongside fine Burundulla Wines.
The place is child-friendly so you can relax with a coffee (or wine) and enjoy the day. It also has a spacious area and lots of equipment for children to play with. If you are visiting Mudgee mid-week, cheese platters are available from Monday to Friday.
And here’s something special for the adventurous and romantic you: helicopter rides to Mudgee Wineries! We’ll be writing about that in detail next Sunday, so stay tuned!
Mudgee is so irresistible that you just can’t say “No” to it. You must go soon to Mudgee and claim your ultimate reward. Book now for the Mudgee accommodation deals that best suit you.