Greater Port Macquarie is becoming known as a key destination for food and wine enthusiasts, and locals take great pride in the quality of their produce, beers and premium wines.
Grape varietals harvested in our temperate climate include chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, verdelho, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and pinot noir.
A trip to the cellar door of any of the local wineries will leave visitors warmed by the hospitality of the vineyard staff, impressed with the range and quality of the wine and laden down with products that are too good to leave behind!
Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard
The Douglas vale homestead is the oldest timber house in the Hastings region and with the out buildings represent the last remaining fabric of the pioneering wine industry of the 1800's. The non profit organisation, Douglas Vale Conservation Group, are committed to preserving the museum/vineyard for future generations. The homestead and it's curtilage are classified by the National Trust.
The Douglas Vale Vineyard is reproducing a limited release of wines from the original Isabella grape and other selected varieties. Tours & wine tasting are on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm
235 Oxley Highway (opposite TAFE ) Port Macquarie NSW 2444,
Ph +61 (0)2 6584 3792
Visit Douglas Vale website http://www.douglasvale.com.au
The winery overlooks vineyards and magnificent rose gardens. A lovely picnic area is set amongst rolling lawns and rose bushes and the formal garden is perfect for wedding or corporate functions.
Open daily, Cassegrain Wines is the perfect tourist destination in the Port Macquarie area, for both local and visiting wine enthusiasts.
The Cellar Door provides visitors with the opportunity to taste the full range of Cassegrain wines, and the open plan nature of the winery allows visitors to view the winemaking team at work.
Guests to Cassegrain winery can also enjoy any of the Cassegrain range of wines at our restaurant.
764 Fernbank Rd, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Ph +61 (0)2 6582 8377
Visit Cassegrain website http://www.cassegrainwines.com.au
Little Fish Café
Little Fish Café is set against scenery of greenery and endless blue skies, this vineyard cafe sits within the InnesLake Estate winery just west of Port Macquarie.
After a bout of local wine-tasting, the Little Fish Cafe offers seasonally selected cuisine incorporating inexpensive seafood, chicken, beef and vegetarian meals into its daily morning tea and lunchtime servings. All dishes on the menu, from the antipasto plates to the fish of the day, feature recommended InnesLake wines to complete this regional dining experience.
InnesLake Estate, The Ruins Way, Port Macquarie 2444 NSW
Ph +61 (0)) 6581 1332
Visit Little Fish Café website http://www.littlefishcafe.com.au
In 1985 Jim and Kay Mobbs planted the first Chardonnay vines on the alluvial flats of their extensive property in the Hastings River Region on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Thus Bago Vineyards was born, and over the decades to follow the vineyard would expand exponentially to include in excess of 10 hectares of grape varieties as diverse and exotic as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Viognier, Chanel Paradisa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Tannat, Savagnin and Chambourcin.
Bago was the natural choice when it came time to name the winery, as the luscious parcel of land upon which these fine vines have been grown is nestled at the foot of Broken Bago Mountain. The term Bago is thought to have been derived from the local aboriginal word for mountain “bulkara”, the ‘broken’ part due to the shattering of seams of rock in old gold mining shafts.
The Mobbs family ancestry have a long history of grape growing in the Hastings River Region dating back to the first plantings of Muscatel and Isabella varieties at Ballengara and Tuffins Lane late in the 19th Century. Today, Bago Vineyards continues this fine family tradition producing some of the most revered wines the Hasting River Region has to offer
Milligans Rd, Wauchope NSW 2446,
Ph +61 (0)2 6585 7099
Visit Bago Vineyards website http://www.bagovineyards.com.au
Long Point Vineyard
Offering both cellar door tasting and sales, Long Point Vineyard produces a great range of wines, locally grown and made by the owner, Graeme Davies. Experience his range of red and white table wines, rose, port, alcoholic ginger beer and his famous ‘Agent Orange’ liqueur, which is great for desserts. The vineyard offers a parklife setting, with picnic tables, a barbecue and lots of shade, so that you can enjoy a day among the vines.
However, this is not your average vineyard. On top of their beautiful collection of locally made wines, Long Point Vineyard boasts a unique and colourful art gallery that displays exquisite pieces by local artists.
There are a wide range of styles to view, varying from traditional landscapes to local beachscapes and buildings through to more modern abstracts. You’ll find a variety of mediums and sizes, such as beautiful watercolour pieces for a narrow wall, or maybe a unique oil painting for a lounge room centre piece.
The gallery provides what Graeme describes as a natural distraction from the wines. Art and wine are the perfect couple, and what better way to spend some free time than browsing a gallery while enjoying a sweet Verdelho or fruity Rose? Treat both your eyes and your palate at once!
Long Point Drive (Off Houston Mitchell) Lake Cathie NSW 2445
Visit Long Point Vineyard website http://www.longpointvineyard.com.au