Hit the Road! A Guide To Mudgee
Eat and treat yourself to Mudgee.
If you’re into scenic drives, local produce and full-bodied reds, Mudgee is the place for you.
Just four hours out of Sydney, this quintessential country town is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in NSW. With plenty of unique food and a buzzing wine scene, Mudgee lends itself perfectly to a long weekend away.
Keen to experience the Mudgee food and wine trail first hand, The Living Room’s Miguel Maestre hit the road in his new Ford Escape SUV to visit some of the passionate and skilled local producers in the Mudgee Region.
Here are some tips on where to eat, drink and play in Mudgee.
Gilbert Family Wines
It’s easy to spend hours (or your whole weekend) visiting and tasting the tipples at the dozens of cellar doors in Mudgee. Make sure The Cellar by Gilbert is on your list.
Found on the grounds of Gilbert Family Wines, The Cellar is a wine bar, restaurant, and cellar door in one. Here, you can enjoy one of their in-house wines as you tuck into some of their locally produced share plates, including a cheese platter to-die-for!
If you’re looking for a more sizeable meal to accompany your vino, Gilbert Family Wines’ long lunch (a.k.a. ‘Food Over Fire’ by Pip Sumbak) takes place each Saturday (May until September). We recommend grabbing a glass of wine and heading up to watch Head Chef Pip cook your lunch over the epic fire pit for the true ‘farm to table’ dining experience.
On Miguel’s visit, he was lucky enough to cook alongside Pip and help her produce a beautiful seasonal lunch over the fire for some lucky local guests.
The Mudgee Farmers Market
Mudgee is bursting with a wide range of locally grown produce and there’s no better way to sample it than all at once at the Mudgee Farmers Market. Held in town on the third Saturday of every month, the Mudgee Farmers Market is made up of enthusiastic specialist food producers from the Mudgee Region. Grab a bite and a brew as you browse the stalls and chat to the locals before selecting some delectable treats to take home.
If you can’t make it to Mudgee in time for the Market, then do not fret! Many of the local producers have properties open to the public so you can experience their goods first-hand. Miguel stopped by Aril Estate (a family owned and operated olive and pomegranate farm), the Crave Natural Market Garden at Slowfox Wines and the Robert Stein Winery & Vineyard.
Aril Estate is a beautiful, family-owned olive and pomegranate farm (and an absolute hidden gem)! They specialise in table olives, oils and pomegranate syrups, all of which are available to try before you buy. Miguel was lucky enough to meet with one of the owners, Dimitri Aril, who showed him around the property and shared the secrets of the olive oil pressing process.
Slowfox Wines Crave Natural Market Garden
Slowfox Wines is the ‘new winery on the block’, so to speak. They’re a small, family-owned and run vineyard and a beautiful place to taste some of Mudgee's newest Reds. Slowfox Wines is also home to the Crave Natural Market Garden. Operated by Crave Natural founder Christine Corner and her many local volunteers, the Market Garden is not only a place to grow food, but a great way to connect the community.
Robert Stein Winery & Vineyard
On a stunning plot of land, a short drive from town sits Robert Stein Wines, one of Mudgee’s highest rated wineries. Miguel met with Chief Winemaker, Jacob Stein on the Family farm surrounding the vineyard, where Angus Cattle, Dorper Sheep and Berkshire Pigs roam free. In true farm to table fashion, much of the produce off the farm is used at the on-site restaurant, Pipeclay Pumphouse. If fine dining is your thing, you're going to want to score at table at this restaurant as it serves some of the best food and wine that Mudgee has to offer in a 5-star setting.
With your weekend getaway guide in hand, there’s no better time to kick start your gourmet road trip.