Take to the New England High Country and experience the locally-grown, award-winning produce and cool climate wines.
Lamb and beef raised here have long been sought after by chefs and specialist butchers across the state and further afield. Grazing on the region’s lush pastures, it seems, produces exceptionally tender and succulent cuts of meat.
Orchards flourish in our high altitude climate. In season, you can buy freshly-picked berries, apples, pears and stone fruits from farm stands and local markets, or head out of town to pick your own – a popular activity for families with children.
Guyra is famous for tasty glasshouse tomatoes and hosts an annual Lamb and Potato Festival, celebrating the specialties of nearby farmers. Elsewhere in the region, trout farmers, bakers, cheese makers, and even an award winning goose farm, are among a growing number of small businesses producing delectable artisanal foods. At the fortnightly Sunday farmer’s market you’ll also find local honey, home-made jams and chutneys, olive oil, teas and, of course, assorted garden vegetables and free-range eggs, among the array of local food products for sale.
Fortunately, much of the food grown here finds its way from ‘pasture to plate’ and onto the tables of local eateries. From casual family restaurants, cafés, clubs and pubs to fine dining rooms and cellar door establishments, there’s a diverse choice of dining options, as well as cuisines in the New England.
In 2008, the New England was declared an official Australian wine region for its unique climatic and topographic conditions. It is, in fact, a re-emerging wine region with grape growing dating back to the first settlers. These days, vineyards in the region are generating quite a lot of excitement for producing cool climate wines of a distinctive style. For instance, at Petersons Winery, located on a landmark pastoral property just outside Armidale, you can taste award-winning Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, and, if you like, stay the night in the historic homestead.
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