Tucked against the western fringes of the Blue Mountains just three-and-a-half easy hours from Sydney, you’ll find the fabulous foodie town of Mudgee. This burgeoning wine region is the historic home of chardonnay in Australia, but these days is renowned for its bright, bold reds – the perfect accompaniment to a chilly winter evening. There are more than 35 cellar doors awaiting your arrival, most an easy cycle from town along gently undulating country roads – bliss on a crisp, sunny winter’s day.
There’s three spacious rooms and plenty of privacy for couples on a romantic escape. birchesmudgee.com.au
On 50 acres just outside town, the restored homestead and converted self-contained train carriage sleep 17 people. eloueramudgee.com.au
Set among the grapevines at Pieter Van Gent Winery, Pipeclay Lodge is a charming, self-contained timber cottage with an open log fireplace. pvgwinery.com/pipeclay-lodge
Go shopping Catch Mudgee’s farmers’ market on the third Saturday of every month.
Taste your way through Mudgee at the many wineries.
Small operators Keep an eye out for the micro-wineries like Short Sheep.