#1 reason to visit… Joadja Cluster
First of the nine Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters to be unveiled, Joadja has been flagged by Australian Traveller among “The 100 most amazing places you haven’t been to yet”.
Included in the many highlights of this abundant cluster are – exploration of historic Joadja Town and Whisky Distillery; browsing at The Loch Farm Stall and local farm-gate trail; dining fireside in the Book Barn at Bendooley Estate and wine tasting at Tertini. There’s plenty for the kids and accommodation that promises an authentic experience of Highland country living.
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BENDOOLEY ESTATE & BOOK BARN
Book ahead for fireside dining among antiquarian books at The Book Barn, Berrima.
Hours: Restaurant open for lunch 7 days Mon-Fri 12-2:30pm, weekends 11:30-3pm Book Barn & Cafe open from 9am-5pm daily. Cellar Door tastings 10am-4pm daily.
It’s worth going off the beaten track to Joadja Distillery. The Highlands hidden gem, where you’ll be rewarded with not only whisky and other spirits but a first hand look at the ingenuity of our forebears.
Hours: Currently open twice a month, weekends only. Please check website for more details.
Contact: 4878 5129
THE LOCH FARM STALL and GUEST HOUSE
Stay at The Loch guest house, Berrima or stock-up on seasonal produce, chefs meals and farm restored antiques.
Hours: Open every Sunday 10am-4pm
Contact: 0427-403-187 or 0411-511-244
Know your farmer, know your food at yourfarmer.com.au specialising in Highland cattle, grazing in a beautiful secluded valley.
Orders www.yourfarmer.com.au and visit by appointment.
Growers of fresh raspberries and blueberries for the restaurant trade. In season select your own berries from the farm-gate or try our delicious preserves and condiments year round from the local cellar doors.
Hours: Check website for opening times.
Contact: 61 2 4871 1201
Visit this iconic vineyard and olive grove for a fantastic sustainable experience. Enjoy cellar door tastings and sales, farm shop produce and a seasonal and diverse dining experience in the cafe and restaurant, all immersed in spectacular views to enjoy your lunch, dinner, private function or wedding.
Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm, Fri & Sat nights from 6pm
Address: 434 Wombeyan Caves Rd, Mittagong
Contact: 4878 5522
You can taste the passion of the 7th generation of family winemaking and Highlands terrior in Artemis wines, bringing European complexity to distinctive local varietals.
Visit the beautiful cellar door and vineyard for a memorable Southern Highlands experience.
We host a series of events ‘On the Lawn at Artemis Wines’ including:
Woodfired pizza every Sunday, 11am-3.30pm
Open Mic every 1st Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Yoga in the Vines every 2nd Sunday of the month – Yoga 11-12, wine tasting and fresh local produce from 12-1.
Seafood and Riesling (seafood canapés matched with various local rieslings) – Sunday February 19.
Hours: Wed – Fri 10am – 4pm, weekends and public holidays 10am – 5pm
Contact: 0401 199 075
Run by warm and welcoming couple Justine and Damien, Howard’s Lane is one of the oldest vineyards in the region. The cellar door has been converted into accommodation and a venue for private dinners for up to 20 guests where chef Damien will cook up a stunning feast and you can enjoy the relaxing surrounds. If you’re staying for the weekend be sure to make the trip to The Grand Bistro where the owners have also set up a popular café on the Old Grand Hotel site in Bowral. Wine from the vineyard is also available to buy here.
Hours: Dinners by arrangement, Grand Bistro – Tuesday-Friday 7am-3pm
Saturday-Sunday 8am-3pm, Closed Mondays
Joadja Estate is the oldest vineyard and winery in the Southern Highlands and is situated only 800 metres from the Loch along Greenhills Road. Joadja is a family owned business, where the vines are hand-pruned, grapes hand-picked and hand crafted with love into exceptional wines. Varieties grown include sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and our speciality – malbec. They also have amazing sparkling wines, delicious ports and a very special boysenberry liqueur only available through the cellar door.
Open Thursday to Monday, the rustic cellar door is cosy and always manned by one of the owners who are only too pleased to take you through the winery to see how the wine is made. A children’s playground ensures the experience is enjoyable for all and a cheese platter among the vines or the beautiful gardens is a wonderful way to relax. Don’t miss the fantastic Music in the Vines events that are held every long weekend.
Hours: Weekdays 12-5pm (closed Tuesday/Wednesday), weekends 10am – 5pm
Contact: 02 4878 5236
A multi award winning and welcoming cellar door, specialising in meticulously made alternative varietals.
Hours: Thurs – Mon 10am – 5pm
Contact: 4878 5213
Mandemar Homestead is a 100-acre property in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales that produces premium grass fed beef cattle for restaurants and premium quality butchers, and beef producers.
As a new venture in 2016 Mandemar Homestead grew its first commercial garlic crop. Over 40,000 garlic were planted in the fertile loamy soils of the property. Varieties grown include Italian Red, Italian White, Monaro Purple and Wild Garlic. Our garlic was planted in April 2016 in accordance with the moons and was harvested in November 2016 and is now available for sale.
Mandemar garlic is hand planted, handpicked, hand weeded and hand packed the old-school way with no chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, negative energy or other bad stuff. The garlic will be sold to local restaurants and through local markets, providores and online through their website.