Southern Highlands Food & Wine Clusters | SUTTON FOREST CLUSTER
Sutton Forest Cluster


#1 reason to visit… Sutton Forest Cluster

Cool climate wines are the lifeblood of Sutton Forest Food and Wine Cluster with cellar doors, olive groves, berry farms and homestead stays to be explored.

Bordered by two rivers, the tiny township has been likened to ‘an English village in miniature’ and was among the first settlements of the new lands beyond the colony of Sydney back in the 1820’s.

Sutton Forest has been a popular travellers stop for more than 150 years with many of its historic manor homes and estates now converted to guesthouses and hotels – an ideal base for exploring the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters.

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Quality gourmet food and wine tours with our on-board chef tour guide and a dash of captivating sites.

Tours explore the Southern Highlands and Cluster districts, country NSW inclusive of the Nation’s Capital and South Coast in pursuit of the finest produce, wines, artisans, regional events and markets with our main aim of supporting our talented regional producers and creators.

Discover scenic destinations and flavours by either joining one of our scheduled tours, or customise a private inexpensive tour for that special someone, family, or friends.

Catering for intimate and small group tours, travel in stylish comfort with a fully qualified driver in either our brand new European luxe mini-coach or our luxurious BMW X5 with sunroof to capture that fresh country air!

Hours: Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat – other days by appointment
Address: Tours depart from Bowral and pre-arranged addresses
Contact: 0409 555 855
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Specialising in cool climate wines, this cellar door offers a quintessential Sutton Forest experience of luscious wines offered for tasting out in the crisp, country air overlooking the vineyard. Family owned and operated, the winery produces outstanding high country wines using biodynamic processes using fruit hand picked from mature vines on fertile basalt soil.

Hours: Cellar Door – Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm
Address: 212 Sally’s Corner Rd, Exeter NSW 2579
Contact: 0408 228 724,




A deliciously fragrant, honeyed riesling is one pick of the crop at Cherry Tree Hill single boutique vineyard. Three generations of the Lorentz family run the vineyard, renowned for its multi award winning range of premium, cool climate wines.

Hours: Tues & Wed – 12 – 4pm, Thursday – Monday – 10am-5pm
Other times by appointment
Address: 12324 Hume Highway, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Contact: +61 2 8217 1409, 0403 432 872




Discover the fun of fermenting and home preserves safely and effectively.

At 1910 in Wildes Meadow, passionate gardener and writer Steve Hogwood gets food lovers back to the basics of pickling, preserving and fermenting their own food. The local guru on the benefits of fermented organic foods, Steve developed his interest in producing sustainable natural foods while producing a documentary on sustainability and now runs entertaining, practical master classes on the subject that create a great sense of community.

He prepares his preserves in the traditional way, using only filtered rain water, organic honeys and vinegars to pickle seasonal, hand-picked organic produce.

Hours: For all course enquiries
Contact:02 4886 4098








Local chef Eon Waugh recreates a classic dining experience with a contemporary seasonal menu, showcasing fantastic local wines & produce.

Set in a beautiful circa 1910 heritage house with a sunny verandah in summer and cosy open fire in winter, you’ll feel instantly at home. The perfect setting for an intimate dinner for two, a family get together or a large event.

Guesthouse accommodation available featuring all rooms with ensuite.

Address: 101 Railway Ave Bundanoon 2578

Contact: (02) 48836372




Experience an exciting range of Cuttaway Hill and Tractorless Vineyard wines, along with Dcider, Pigsfly beers and Tractorless Vineyard produce at Eling Forest Winery and Cellar Door. This is one of the Highland’s most established estates, set on historic grounds with heritage colonial era cottage and homestead accommodation. Established in 1835 in an idyllic rural setting, the property boasts a remarkable history and has for decades been a favoured retreat for seasoned travellers.

Family owned and operated, the Cuttaway Hill Wines signature style centres around classic grape varieties that demonstrate wonderful, cool climate complexity. Winemaker Mark Bourne artfully blends traditional and new world wine techniques in the crafting of these distinctive wines.

Hours: 10.30am-4.30pm
Other times by appointment
Address: 12587 Hume Highway, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Contact: 02 48581788
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For an elegant country experience and the opportunity to taste luscious, farm fresh berries, Montrose Berry Farm is a must. The heritage listed homestead and rambling gardens are bordered by the working berry farm where you can pick your own berries in season or shop a selection of berry pies and gourmet products made on the property. Country cottage accommodation is offered.

Hours: Please check the website for opening hours
Address: Ormond Street, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Contact: +61 2 4868 1544




Get hands-on and enjoy authentic Highlands’s hospitality at this vibrant little boutique vineyard that offers free wine appreciation lessons to enhance your grasp of good wine. Viticulturists Allen and Dawn Davies love to share their passion and insights to great winemaking with guests to their cellar door where a range of small cropping, hand picked, high altitude wines are enthusiastically offered for tasting.

Hours:Weekends and public holidays 10.30-4.30. Other times by appointment.
Address: 257 Sally’s Corner Road, Exeter NSW 2579
Contact: (02) 4883 4999




Take a scenic drive out to Exeter in the NSW Southern Highlands and find the charming converted old dairy, now cellar door of St Maur Wines Estate, nestled in among the vineyards off Old Argyle Road. Established in 1998, St Maur is a family owned winery producing small batch, vineyard expressive cool climate wines. Our philosophy is making luxury wine in harmony with the environment with 16 acres producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines farmed in a sustainable program of natural cultivation.

Set in a rustic vintage dairy farm, and with sweeping views, you’ll feel like you took a step back in time as you enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience at the cellar door. As a part of the St Maur Wines  brand, they operate a  Wine Club where members enjoy long table lunches; bringing all those who love good wine, food and conversations together under one roof. Be the first to hear about their latest news. Sign up to the e-newsletter! Follow St Maur on Facebook and Instagram

Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Address: 238 Old Argyle Rd, Exeter, NSW 2579
Contact: 02 4883 4401




The Lo Russo family offer an authentic taste of Italian family heritage at their relaxed cellar door. Bringing their European background in grape growing to the unique microclimate of the Southern Highlands, Nick and Santina Lo Russo hand prune and hand pick their fruit to produce intensely flavoured and aromatic wines. Delicious home made antipasto, pastries and gelato are available to be enjoyed by the fire or overlooking the picturesque vineyard.

Hours: Cellar Door, Friday – Sunday, 10-5pm
Address: 21 Black Horse Lane, Sutton Forest. NSW, 2577
Contact: 48789278, 0404 870419




Since 1998 the Burrow’s family have harvested premium quality olives from a grove of more than 2000 Tuscan olive trees. Vibrant, fresh and fruity, the oil is extracted from the olives within 6 hours of harvest making this award-winning cold pressed olive oil among the freshest you can buy. A variety of olive products including marinades and vinaigrettes are also available from the cellar door.

Hours: Open by appointment only. 
Address: ‘Eliza grove’, Golden Vale Rd, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
Contact: 0427 693 429




Conventionally, cattle are forced into feedlots for rapid fattening on a grain-based, hormone enhanced diet but at Medway Farm cattle are grass fed and finished in free and open pastures. An ethical approach to stock handling coupled with a commitment to avoiding chemicals where possible means happier cattle and a healthier end product. Passionate about preserving the land and biodiversity for future generations, The Galbraith family have free-ranged grass-fed beef cattle at Sutton Forest since 1887.

Sold to order in bulk, fresh from the farm direct to customers in a variety of cuts, their beef has a superb flavor. And like all grass fed beef, it’s rich in Omega-3, antioxidant vitamins A and E and CLA trans fatty acids that improve brain function and reduce cancer risk.

Contact: 0402 072 765


The Prince of Wales, Prince Edward and Archduke Franz Ferdinand are among noted guests to have indulged in stays at the elegant Hillview residence. Since the 1860’s the grand Hillview estate has commanded a summit that awards magnificent valley views. Purchased in 1882 by the government to be used as a vice regal holiday residence, Hillview was once exclusively a country escape for governers fleeing the demands of city life in Sydney. Now restored to its former glory, the Hillview experience is accessible to all with luxurious guest cottages aptly named The Earl of Jersey, Viscount Hampden and General Northcott and Admiral Rawson, among others. 

Hours: 8am-8pm, Mon-Fri
Address: 7277 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Contact: 0487 123 778


The bistro is the social hub for local growers with a roaring fireplace, a fabulous pub menu and wonderful atmosphere.

Hours: 8am-8pm, Mon-Fri
Address: 7277 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Contact: 0487 123 778









Shop where the locals shop – A delight to browse, the best of locally grown produce, fresh yoghurt blended with seasonal fruits, traditional marmalades and European style sweets are favourites among locals at this character laden, corner country store. Fresh, barista made coffee and hot Indian takeaway food are also available at the Sutton Forest Country Store.

Hours: Thurs-Sun and some public holidays 8am-5pm
Address: 503 Exeter Rd, Sutton Forest
Contact: 0450 491 110
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Rotherwood wines are a celebration of the intensely flavoured, textural wine styles that can be achieved through the gradual ripening that cool climate viticulture makes possible.
Hand crafted with care, the lively, boutique wines reflect a continual pursuit of excellence in grape growing and winemaking at this heritage estate.

Address: 7621 Illawarra Hway, Sutton Forest 2577
Contact:02 4878 9086


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