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The Hilltops

Young is at the centre of the Hilltops wine region, which is gaining a reputation for premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz. The neighbouring towns, Boorowa and Harden, are also part of this region that’s famous for its fresh produce, particularly cherries and other stone fruit from plums to nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the 1800s during the gold rush era; today, the region has 13 wine producers and five cellar doors. Wines from Hilltops have a distinctive cool-climate character but at the same time are full and rich in flavour.

The Hilltops Region Wine Cellar located in the Young Visitor Information Centre is a great place to enjoy a taste for regional varieties. It showcases 60 wines from local vineyards, in one convenient location. If you’re keen to visit local vineyards, check out Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door, Chalkers Crossing Winery, Grove Estate Wines, Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery and Moppity Vineyards.

Stock up on local honey from the Harden House of Honey or pick your own fruit fresh from the farm at Petal Falls Orchard and Torry Hill Orchard. You’ll find sweet, juicy cherries are the star attraction at the National Cherry Festival held each cherry season, in December at Young.

Must Do
  • Hilltops Regional Wine Cellar
  • Petal Falls Orchard
  • Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens
  • Young Heritage Town Walk (map from Young Visitor Information Centre)
  • Lambing Flat Folk Museum
  • Shamrock Trails  (Boorowa)
  • Wombat Heights Orchard

Food and wine in the Hilltops Region

Lindsays-Woodonga-Hill-Winery-Young
Young is at the centre of the Hilltops wine region, which is gaining a reputation for premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz. The neighbouring towns, Boorowa and Harden, are also part of this region that’s famous for its fresh produce, particularly cherries and other stone fruit from plums to nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the 1800s during the gold rush era; today, the region has 13 wine producers and five cellar doors. Wines from Hilltops have a distinctive cool-climate character but at the same time are full and rich in flavour.

The Hilltops Region Wine Cellar located in the Young Visitor Information Centre is a great place to enjoy a taste for regional varieties. It showcases 60 wines from local vineyards, in one convenient location. If you’re keen to visit local vineyards, check out Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door, Chalkers Crossing Winery, Grove Estate Wines, Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery and Moppity Vineyards.

Stock up on local honey from the Harden House of Honey or pick your own fruit fresh from the farm at Petal Falls Orchard and Torry Hill Orchard. You’ll find sweet, juicy cherries are the star attraction at the National Cherry Festival held each cherry season, in December at Young.

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102 Boorowa Street, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia

Gifts, Kitchenware and Local Produce. Open 7 days. 

Annie B’s Full House have a wide range of gifts, kitchenware and collectables. Annie B’s prides itself on being focused on its customers and endeavors to offer a first rate service at all times. The staff are all experienced and customer orientated. A store offering quality merchandise awaits you. Annie B’s Full House has gifts, kitchenware and collectables. There is a wide range of stock from soaps, handbags, nighties, wonderful linen, Glasshouse candles, hand cream & diffusers and saucepans to name a few of the items they carry. They offer a free wrapping service, welcome lay-by’s and also offer gift vouchers. The exclusive stockists for Maxwell & Williams in Young.

Spring Creek Road, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Spring Creek Grove is owned and managed by partners Karen Hawley and John Speight.  Karen has a background in public health (nursing) and John has an environmental consultancy background.  Their approach to grove management and oil production is strongly influenced by our education and previous careers.

The grove was planted in the late 1990’s.  They moved from Sydney for a tree change, and bought the grove in early 2012 and have been rejuvenating it since then. They have approximately 1000 olive trees; Frantoio and Manzanillo varieties.  Their trees are used for “Curious Fox” branded olive oil production, although they may trial table olives in the future.

 

4321-4335 Olympic Highway (South), Young NSW 2594

Pick your own Orchard, Vineyard and Cellar Door Est.1965
Cellar door wine tastings, and pick your own cherries, plums & apricots. Friendly, family run orchard & vineyard, no entry fee (you pay for what you pick), shady picnic area & free electric BBQ, farm gate shop selling fresh fruit (including cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches & plums in season), jams, sauces, honey, prunes & our award winning wines, as well as cold drinks, cherry pies, cherry ice-creams, cherry ice-blocks. Coaches welcome by appointment.
Open 7 days in cherry season from 8am to 5pm (other times, by appointment)
5km south of Young.

Spring Creek Road, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia
Yandilla, Olympic Highway, Wallendbeen NSW 2588

Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil Pty. Ltd is a family company operating in the countryside around Wallendbeen, south of Young, specialising in the production of cold pressed mustard seed oil and all things mustard. They are also internationally recognised as the world’s first cold-pressed, low erucic acid mustard oil industry. Mustard seed oil has a pleasant nutty flavour and is not hot or ‘mustardy’. It is cold pressed from the whole seed, with no heat treatment, and is then filtered through cotton and paper, and bottled. Mustard seed oil retains the characteristic colour, aroma and taste of the oil on the parent seed during processing and the hot elements (or the pungent taste) do not enter the oil during pressing. The oil contains no additives or preservatives and has a low saturated fat content. It is also high in both monounsaturated and omega-3 fats.

Poppa's Fudge & Jam Factory, Lovell Place, Young NSW

Welcome to Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory where every day is a great day!

Poppa’s is open seven days a week offering guests a wide range of locally and freshly made jams and chutneys.

For the sweet toothed there is a huge range of delicate chocolates and tempting lollies as well as their well known freshly made fudge. All the fudges, jams and chutneys from Poppas Fudge Factory are made in store from fresh produce.

We also offer a huge range of giftware and homeware for the ideal present or addition to your home.

Poppa’s can also organise catering for 300 people; for morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch. Coaches are welcome. Poppa’s can also arrange picnic hampers packed full or homemade produce. Simply call and order the day before.

285 Henry Lawson Way, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Chalkers Crossing commissioned its state-of-the-art winery just north of Young, New South Wales, in March, 2000 – just in time for vintage. The winery has all the modern wine-making equipment necessary to produce the highest possible quality of wine from its grapes. Equipment includes a Vintek pneumatic press; a Bucher crusher / destemmer and must pump; and over 200,000 litres of stainless steel, temperature controlled storage and fermentation tanks. In addition the winery has eight large temperature controlled rooms to provide the winemaker with the ability to control the process at all stages. After a recent upgrade our production capacity has increased from 7,000 to 14,000 cases per year.

Our winemaker is Celine Rousseau. Celine was born in France, studied in Paris and trained in Bordeaux. She gained experience in Bordeaux, Champagne, St Emilion and Languedoc in France, and in the Margaret River and Perth Hills in Western Australia before coming to the Hilltops Region in 2000 for the first Chalkers Crossing vintage.

Celine became an Australian citizen in 2002. Celine’s skills and experience are evident in the quality of our wines and recognised by the awards they have received.

Tastings are available at the Cellar Door Monday – Friday. Groups should contact them and make an appointment and discuss other timings.

 

Harden, NSW, Australia
04076819150407681915
29 Tipperary Lane, Young, NSW

Lockwood is a small family owned and operated vineyard which produces a range of boutique wines. Grapes are hand-picked and all wine making is done using traditional methods including a small basket press. We generally crush between 3-4 tonnes, so each wine is limited to 500-600 litres and each vintage reflects the particular growing conditions of that season.

Tastings by appointment

340 Wirrimah Road, Bendick Murrell NSW 2803

Boutique vineyard producing premium quality wines based on organic viticultural practices and specialising in the Nebbiolo and Shiraz varieties. Weekend & Public Holiday cellar door in Murringo Village at the Taubman & Webb Trading Post or by appointment at the Vineyard.

101 Prunevale, Kingsvale, NSW, Australia

Freeman  Vineyards  is a small, specialist  family  winery,  established  in  1999  by  Dr  Brian  Freeman. Twenty two different varieties are grown on the 57-hectare estate, including Australia’s only plantings of corvina and rondinella, the classic Amarone varieties from the Veneto region of northern Italy, these Amarone wines are the inspiration for our Secco. The Italians dry all the grapes for 3 months to produce intense full bodied wines know for their aging capabilities. Our age release 2004 has twice won the trophy for the best mature red wine at the NSW Wine Awards.

Rondinella is also used to produce a savoury rosé, Rondo, made  using  the  classic  saignée  method,  draining  the  juice  after  a  short  time  in contact with the grape skins, producing a pale salmon-hued, spicy rosé.

Fortuna is a field blend of five varieties produced from over 35-year-old low-yielding vines. It is inspired by the aromatic white wines of two regions of northern Italy – Friuli and Alto Adige, a textural wine crafted from pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and aleatico. Nebbiolo, tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz are also produced from estate grown fruit.

Group tastings by appointment

48 Boorowa Street Young 2594
4100 Murringo Road, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Grove Estate Wines was established in 1989 by the Flanders, Kirkwood and Mullany families with the aim of producing premium cool climate wine grapes.

The Cellar Door, situated 5km from Young on the Murringo Road and is open for tastings and sales daily from 9am – 4.30pm. Please feel free to call into the Cellar Door and experience alltheir wines available and Cellar Door Specials.

Since 1989, over 40 hectares of vines have been planted including the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Semillon & Nebbiolo just to name a few.

Their winemakers have shone over the years with numerous awards and trophy’s and are no stranger to show success, including “Best Red Wine” at the Sydney International Wine Competition (from over 2,000 entries), Best Medium Bodied Red Wine, Best Wine from Lesser known Variety. In a coup Grove Estate won a highly coveted Gold Medal at the Prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in London.

Their newest addition to the Grove Estate wine list is a Sparkling Wine. This wine has been made by one of the leading champagne houses in Australia – Cassegrain Wines. As it turns out, the moderate cool climate and red granite soils are perfectly suited to complex wines with bright flavours and clear varietal characters such as our Sparkling wine.

For the 3rd consecutive year Grove Estate has been named as theStar Cellar Door” for our region by “Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine” Australia’s Best Cellar Doors, with the country’s top wine writers travelling through over 40 prominent wine regions to name their favourite cellar doors, from small to large.

33 Campbell Street, Boorowa, NSW, 2586, Australia
Kingsvale Road, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia
4 Leake Street, Bowning, New South Wales, Australia

Mayfield Mews is a site of local historic significance. Just 1km off the Hume highway, the Mews operates out of the original 150 year old coach house and stables. Henry Lawson lived for 14 years on and off at the adjacent Mayfield House, with his aunt Phoebe Stear, who was married to Richard Stear. The Stears’ at the time owned the General Store next door which currently remains a significant building.
Mayfield Mews has a small café offering light refreshments to serve with their exceptional air roasted coffee blend which rates as the Number 1 coffee in NSW. (whereismycoffee.com.au) Real milk shakes are served in aluminium cups with paper straws, not only nostalgic, but deliciously cold.
Enjoy the delightful garden centre and discover bespoke sculptures made by local and regional artists. The gift centre offers high quality

196 Boorowa Street, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Wilkie’s Cottage was an existing restaurant reopened by Wendy Scriven and Lauren Walker in Wombat NSW in 2010 which put them on the map as a fresh food destination with a wide range of local and Australian made produce and gift wares and local art.
Then in 2012 they decided to make a move to put them in the middle of things in Young and they opened Wilkie’s Cottage Cafe & Pantry to rave reviews and have been going strong ever since.
With something on the menu for everyone from vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free and soy options available we can cater to almost everyone’s needs.

Function catering also available

Locked bag 8001 Young NSW 2594
Kingsvale, New South Wales, Australia
99 Lovell Street Young NSW 2594
161 Henry Lawson Way, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Enjoy panoramic views of Young country-style cuisine, either indoors or al fresco. Great Lunches – Morning & Afternoon Tea, Corporate & Business lunches available, Bus & Tour Companies welcome, childrens play area. Browse through the Art & Craft Gallery

Olympic Highway, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Visit Lindsay’s Woodonga Hill Winery and sample their the wine, made and grown locally in the area known as the Hilltops Region. Lindsay’s Woodonga Hill Winery is a pioneering winery in Young and District, with a reputation for medal winning wines. They offer a variety of wine styles reflecting the abundance of potential from grapes and fruit grown in the Hilltops Region. An actual operating boutique winery you have the opportunity to walk and talk with the winemaking staff, while they go about their daily routines around you.Take the time to discuss wine styles and how and why they are suited to different foods. Come join them in their wine passion. Cellar door sales available daily including tours of the winery. Coaches are “by appointment” and more than welcome, group tutored wine tastings can be organised.

159 Boorowa Street, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Winning a host of awards, the Donges Supa IGA is well known for their support of the Hilltops Region food, wine and fruit producers and the local community.

Donges Supa IGA stock a great range of locally grown wines, highly reputable award winning wines such as grove estate, freeman wines, Ballinaclash, Moppity’s lock and key, lindsays, Lockwood, Chalkers crossing and hilltops

684 Brial Rd, Boorowa 2586
Kingsvale Road, Kingsvale, New South Wales, 2587, Australia
191 Willawong Street, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia

NO PICK YOUR OWN – JUST FRUIT SALES

Willayoung is a family owned and operated property specialising in Tree Ripened Stonefruit. It consists of over 5,500 trees on approximately 8 hectares(20 acres). Purchased in 1988 by Andrew and Helen Ricketts the land was originally the site of Patterson’s Abattoirs which serviced several of Young’s butcheries. The Abattoirs operated until the 1960’s. The land was originally bare ground, apart from a residence, as well as several of the abattoirs’ buildings and yards. These buildings have now disappeared, apart from the slaughterhouse which has been converted to a machinery shed/workshop. After initially operating as a fruit-tree nursery (with a small number of ‘hobby’ fruit trees) there has been a transition to full orchard operation. The final stage of this transition was the establishment of our packing shed in 2002. Fruit picking is delayed until fruit approaches full ripeness, increasing sugar levels, and enhancing flavour. This strategy is applied to all fruit – Apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums and figs, as well as table grapes. Situated near Young, on the South West Slopes of New South Wales, Willayoung Orchard is in the heart of this renowned cherry-growing district. For many years Young was the leading cherry-producing area in the Southern Hemisphere. It is not so well-known that Young’s mix of soils and strong summer conditions makes it an ideal environment for production of stonefruit

25 Marsden Street, Boorowa NSW 2586

Grass fed, natural meat fresh from our farm to you.

We are a family owned farm offering our grass fed, farm fresh meat to you both online and through our new butcher shop in Boorowa. Get back to real food, meat that is fresh and flavoursome, the way meat used to taste. Join the Moppity experience as we deliver a genuine paddock to plate way of life.

LOT 224 Colenso Road, Galong NSW 2585, Australia

Peace, quiet and tranquilly like you have never felt. Less than 1.5 hours from Canberra and only 3.5 hours from Sydney, Colenso is perfectly located for your country break. Close to Boorowa, Young and Harden, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of your beautiful surroundings whilst being able to experience the best of what our region has to offer, including easy access to orchards, wineries and art galleries.

Colenso offers two beautifully appointed country accommodation options: Colenso Country Retreat, a comfortable farmhouse that sleeps 8 and our latest addition Walker’s Cottage, a stunning newly renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage. Both properties are fully self catering and even your pets are welcome – just bring your own animal bedding as they are not allowed on the furniture.

Meals can be arranged as well: simply contact our gourmet caterer Fran who will deliver to your door with prior notice.

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