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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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684 Brial Rd, Boorowa 2586
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.

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

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.

Kingsvale Road, Kingsvale, New South Wales, 2587, Australia
143 Boorowa Street, Young, NSW.

The Country Providore Cafe is a hub of coffee, food and a relaxed atmosphere!

Enjoy a creamy cappuccino, a lovely latte or a fabulous flat white; we use award-winning Forsyth coffee for the perfect cup. We also do hot chocolates! Partner with a delicious homemade cake, slice or muffin; some favourites are orange syrup cake, caramel slice and chocolate brownies!

Here at The Country Providore Cafe, we serve breakfast and light meals seven days a week, and to suit your mood we have several seating options; inside, courtyard or alfresco style out on our footpath. We offer take-away on most menu items, a “young adults” menu and gluten free options.

If you don’t have time to cook at home, take home a pre-prepared meal, or order a cake to suit your special occasion. Need a gift for a foodie friend? Check out our range of food related gifts, such as Murray River Pink Salt and local olive oils, jams and relishes.

The Country Providore Cafe is open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-2:30pm and Sunday 9:30am-2:30pm. Bookings essential if planning a large group.

105 Lovell Street, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia
Anderson Park, Young, New South Wales, Australia

The Young Visitor Information Centre is located within the old Railway Station and is home to the Hilltops Regional Wine Cellar. It showcases 60 wines from local vineyards, in one convenient location.

Also available for purchase are Hilltops jams, chutneys, honeys and a large selection of cherry themed merchandise.

Browse the shelves for information on local and state attractions. The friendly staff can assist you with accommodation, events and attraction information. The Centre has ample parking and is walking distance to the CBD.

In addition, the Visitor Information Centre is home to the Burrangong Art Gallery.

Young, New South Wales, Australia
02 6384422602 63844226
Kingsvale, New South Wales, Australia
48 Boorowa Street Young 2594
Old Rifle Range Road, Young NSW 2594
Kingsvale Road, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia
Moppity Road Young NSW 2594

Moppity Vineyards is a flagship producer of the Hilltops region and recently rocketed to prominence having claimed some of the most coveted prizes in winemaking, both in Australia and overseas.

The 170 acre vineyard sits at the highest elevation in the Hilltops and the 37 year old vines are among the oldest in the region. Moppity vineyards won over 90 trophies and medals since 2009 and produced fruit for the ’09 Jimmy Watson winner. No wonder Campbell Mattinson has heralded Moppity as “a rising star of top-end Australian wine”.

Opening in 2016 – Moppity Cellar Door and Restaurant.

Wine Groups are advised to contact Moppity Vineyards. Tastings can be made by appointment.

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

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

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

Murrumburrah, New South Wales, Australia

The Pastor’s pleasures began in 2008 as the brain child of Kerrie Provan. She wanted to make preserves, jams, pickles and chutneys using as much fruit from the Hilltops region of NSW as she could.

She was not interested in large batch production but small batches that she could monitor and maintain the flavours and quality she was aiming for.

Her cool climate region is already known for its cherries, Young NSW is the largest town in the region. However, the area is also becoming known as a wine grape production area with some of the best Shiraz produced in NSW, bald statement? Just try some.

Anyway: the fruit. Cool climate fruit grows slowly producing fresh ripe fruit flavours with great acid balance. This comes across in the jams she produces; full fruit flavours with a lovely sugar acid balance that makes the palate want to go back for more. These qualities also come through in her chutneys and pickles.

Since making her preserves is not only a small business but also her hobby and passion you as a purchaser can be assured of as high a quality product that love and care can produce.

At the moment most of Kerrie’s preserves are sold at markets, she has the benefit of direct public contact and so instant feedback from her customers. This not only allows her to fine tune her recipes to the public taste but has also brought about her contact with other businesses that after tasting, are happy to stock her products.

What about the name, The Pastor’s Pleasures? A lot of people ask. The name is simply a play on the fact that she lives in an old rectory. From this simple fact you may have realized that Kerrie has a sense of humour, a necessary requirement if you are in business for yourself.

However you can be assured that any purchase you make, either at a market or here online, has been treated with total respect for her ingredients and you the customer.

76 Yass Street, Rye Park, New South Wales, Australia

The Old School Country Retreat is on the edge of the village of Rye Park, 1 ¼ hours from Canberra, offering bed and breakfast or self-contained accommodation. An award winning property, it is the ideal retreat for those who want to relax, walk and read either in solitude or with friends.

The School sleeps twelve comfortably and is designed so that guests have privacy if this is their wish. There are two wings, each with two bedrooms, en suite and private sitting room. Guests, whether one or six have a wing for themselves, encouraging relaxation. The School is rustic, interesting and delightful; perfect for friends celebrating a special occasion.

The Old School Country Retreat offers an easy way to see part of rural Australia, without having to go too far off the beaten track. Complimentary transport from Canberra and nearby areas can be arranged when guests book for two nights. Activities for those who would like to venture out include peaceful bush walks along quiet country lanes, golf, wine tasting, galleries, antique shops and good coffee.

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.

Locked bag 8001 Young NSW 2594
99 Lovell Street Young NSW 2594
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

Goldrush Motel, Campbell Street, Young NSW 2594, Australia

Well established 13 unit motel, the Goldrush Motel, Young offers clean, cosy and comfortable country style accommodation at very competitive rates. The motel is a short walk to the main street, attractions, facilities, parks and gardens. Room amenities include Foxtel TV, Wifi internet, microwave, iron, toaster, kettle and reverse cycle air conditioning. The motel also features a small in ground heated pool (Open during warmer months).

Click here to check availability and price

254 Marsden Street, Boorowa, NSW

family owned and operated company that specialises in producing premium quality, natural grass fed meat, free of hormones. All of their products come straight from our farm and are delivered direct to your door, guaranteeing freshness, traceability, quality and price efficiency.

Buy direct from a family farm – You won’t be disappointed!!

Olympic Highway, Young, New South Wales, Australia
Spring Creek Road, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia
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