MUDGEE, NSW

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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.

BIRCHES B&B

There’s three spa­cious rooms and plenty of pri­vacy for cou­ples on a ro­man­tic es­cape. birch­es­mudgee.com.au

ELOUERA

On 50 acres just out­side town, the re­stored homestead and con­verted self-con­tained train car­riage sleep 17 peo­ple. elouer­a­mudgee.com.au

PIPECLAY LODGE

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.

Lo­cal drops

Taste your way through Mudgee at the many winer­ies.

Small op­er­a­tors Keep an eye out for the mi­cro-winer­ies like Short Sheep.

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