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  • Writer's pictureEtymon Concierge

WEEKENDING IN MUDGEE

The perfect combination of Aussie country town, warm hospitality, a touch of sophistication, spectacular wine and very puppy friendly.


Mudgee has grown up a lot in recent years and the explosion in post-covid local tourism has solidified it as one of New South Wales premier country destinations. No longer is it just seen as the alternative to the Hunter Valley, Mudgee is just as good, and even better in a lot of ways.



WINERIES


BUNNAMAGOO 🐾

603 Henry Lawson Drive, Eurunderee

👉 Chardonnay Specialist

VARIETALS: Chardonnay Specialist

ABOUT:

CELLAR DOOR: Open 7 days 10am - 4pm.

TASTINGS: This is one of the few places in Mudgee that does not charge for tastings.



HUNTINGTON 🐾

641 Ulan Road, Buckaroo

👉 premium red specialist made to age 10+ years

VARIETALS: Semillon, Chardonnay, Rosé, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet


ABOUT: Established in 1969 Huntington is one of the oldest wineries in Mudgee and a 5 “Red” Star Winery (James Halliday, Wine Companion 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) regularly earning 94+/100 points, these premium wines are made to be cellared.


CELLAR DOOR: 10am to 4pm or by appt.


TASTINGS: There are four different options at Huntington

  • Whites, Red or mixed each including 7 or 8 wines

  • Upgrade to the 'Icon Tasting' for an additional $15 to experience the very best Huntington Estate has to offer new and aged.



MOOTHI ESTATE WINERY 🐾

85 Rocky Waterhole Road, Mudgee

👉 Best cellar door views in Mudgee

VARIETALS: Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sparkling Rose, Rose, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvnignon


ABOUT:


CELLAR DOOR: 10am to 4pm or by appt


TASTINGS: Bookings essential, tastings are self guided, cost $5 and include 5 wines, either white or red, if there are tow of you, the best option is to get one white and one red selection and share to sample the entire range.



ROBERT STEIN WINES 🐾

Pipeclay Lane, Mudgee, NSW 2850

👉 Best riesling in Mudgee

VARIETALS: Riesling, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano


ABOUT: The vineyard was planted in 1976 by Robert Stein whose great-great-grandfather, Johann Stein, brought to German riesling cuttings to Australia in back in 1838.


CELLAR DOOR: Mon-Sun 10:30am - 4:30am (7 days)


TASTINGS For different tasting options available

  • Blü Hen - $10 Experimental wine lovers

  • The Wine - $10 a set of 6 wines

  • The Rieslings - $25 new and aged riesling

  • The Reserve - $30 all single vineyard and reserve

 

RESTAURANTS


29 NINE 99

Dumplings and Teahouse

One of the most surprising gems of the region, Yum Cha and Tea House in Rylstone. This tiny village about 45minutes from Mudgee (perfect lunch stop on the trip to or from Sydney) is not where you'd expect to find tasty dumplings and authentic Chinese teas. Ordering is simple, choose how many dumplings you want 8 - 14 and chef makes a selection of the day's best, and then select a Chinese Tea form the extensive list.


BREAKFAST

Cade Kitchen and Bar 🐾

Mudgee has some great spots for breakfast, there are little cafes dotted up and down most

the different A great breakfast spot in Mudgee town for breakfast


ZIN HOUSE 🗝️ 🐾

Modern Australian, farm to table

Located in a farmhouse at the organic and biodynamic Lowe Family Wines, perched above their iconic Zinfandel patch of vines and the name sake of the restaurant. Zin House grows their own food, picking leaves directly from garden to your plate, what ever they don't comes from their neighbours giving you a truly regional dining experience.


 
GETTING THERE
  • 4 hour drive

  • It's a very simple drive, head west on the M4, cross the Blue Mountains, get to Lithgow, turn right and follow the signs.


NOTES
  • All businesses, services and experiences in Black Key lists come highly recommended by the team, each one has been included as they at Black Key

  • 🗝️ indicates part of the Black Key family and our members are their VIPs

  • 🐾 indicates completely dog friendly

  • 👉 highlight


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