Hilltops is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting viticultural regions in Australia. The high altitude, coupled with the dry summer and autumn, provides excellent ripening conditions. This and the rich red soils enables the production of wines with great intensity of flavour and finesse. The climate also provides excellent ripening conditions for stone fruit. Cherries are a local hero along with other stone fruit including plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots along with figs and other niche fruit. In addition the region is known for quality broad acre crops, livestock and organic, free range meat production such as pork, beef, lamb and chicken. They are all vital ingredients for value adding and cottage industries. Residents and locals alike are spoilt for choice in locally made jams, chutneys, pies and condiments – whilst flour milled in Young can be found in local pantries all the way to national supermarkets.