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    Time for wine
    Good food, top drops and making great new friends. Venture out of town to Mudgee – the place to find all that…
    Good friends and good food are inextricably linked. In fact, it’s impossible to find the best produce without insider information from the locals and the quicker you get to know the good people of Mudgee, the better fed you will be.
    The locals here will not only give you the best wine-tasting notes and food-matching suggestions but are key to tracking down superb produce – think creamy feta (found not only at the pretty High Valley Wine & Cheese Company but also at the local butchers) or plump back olives, fat juicy figs – you can find the best ones (sold by the tray) at Di Lusso winery. Then there’s the clear, sticky floral-scented honey a local specialty as well as quality quinces that grow along leafy lanes. Collect your favourite drops from the suggested wineries below and wine match for a great picnic.
    Want to eat out instead? Lunch at Blue Wren means tasty hot salads from a very wine friendly menu – escape the Mudgee heat and enjoy a table in the cool cellar door or on cooler days find a spot on the terrace outside. Roth’s Wine Bar, serves excellent beetroot dip and chorizo nibbles and some mean crispy pizzas to complement its impressive wine list, that the locals can be found exploring during their ‘composting’ meetings amid the brick and corrugated iron of Roth’s shed bar late on a Thursday afternoon. Jazzy bands are worth hanging out until late for too.
    Lowe Family Wine
    Tinja Lane, Mudgee
    +61 (0)2 6372 0800
    www.lowewine.com
    The Winery: Biodynamic, organic cool and kooky cellar door Lowe is a small vineyard surrounded by the big guys producing just as tasty wines. The approach is traditional and low tech.
    Top Drop: Lowe Family Zinfandel – a fine red – cellar-worthy and filled with rich plum fruitcake flavours.
    Stop in for: Look out for the Winemaker’s Table Dinners with David Lowe for some lively entertainment.

    Robert Oatley Vineyards
    Craigmoor, Mudgee
    +61 (0)2 63722208
    www.robertoatley.com
    The winery: historic Craigmoor, the 150-year old cellar door with its pretty rose-filled garden and enormous casks. Perch among potted limes to enjoy some taste testing.
    Top drops: Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay, a delicious modern chardonnay from the man who put the variety on the map a local wine to beat the Kiwi savalanche. Don’t miss the delish Robert Oatley Black Shiraz.
    Stop in for: Special year-round wine dinners, a little history, top wine flights and coffee and cake at tea time.

    Di Lusso
    Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee, NSW 2850
    +61 (0)2 6373 3125
    www.dilusso.com.au
    The winery: di Lusso winery is one of the best food spots specialising in delish Italian style wines.
    Top Drops: Eight varieties of grapes are grown here. Think dry white varieties Greco di Tufo and Vermentino Dry red varieties Barbera, Nebbiolo and Lagrein and of course, Sangiovese the perfect cool climate Italian red.
    Stop in for: Al fresco lunches and movie nights with a little anti pasti and fabulous wood-fired pizzas. Sample their olive oil and figs too.

    Logan
    Castlereagh Highway, Appletree Flat, Mudgee
    www.loganwines.com.au
    (02) 63731333
    The winery: Logan is a cool winery to visit with its mod glass cellar door.
    Top drop: Sip a little of the highly acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc and stylish sparkling Logan Vintage M Cuvee.
    Stop in for: The view, photo opps and to reserve a spot at ‘Dinner With…’ wine nights featuring top Sydney chefs.

    Robert Stein Winery
    Pipeclay Lane, Mudgee
    +61 2 6373 3991
    www.robertstein.com.au
    This winery keeps it in the family with Robert ‘Bob’ Steins Grandson, Jacob, the third generation family winemaker who has been around the world to hone his skills in places like Germany in the Rheingau and Rheinhessen regions, Canada and Italy.
    Top Drops: Try the ripe and citrusy 2010 half dry Riesling and the spice and berry flavours of the 2009 Shiraz Viognier.
    Stop in for: Amazing views (pictured), lovely reds and to check out their motorcycle collection.
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    View from Robert Stein winery
    Need somewhere to stay?
    Check into the beautifully decked out and very cosy heritage cottage The Tannery in town. (www.thetannerymudgee.com.au)
    Check out Amazing Country Escapes website for more on Wombadah guesthouse complete with swimming pool and overlooking their olive grove and vineyards from on high, while at Evanslea by the River you’ll find cottages with spa baths and peaceful river views. (www.amazingcountryescapes.com.au)
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