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Taste the difference while exploring the Southern Highlands wineries on your next adventure, and taste why this has quickly become a notable wine region to explore. Producing award-winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon, there is truly a glass, or bottle waiting for everyone.
Explore the Southern Highlands one grape at a time through a wine tour of Southern Highlands, and find out the Moss Manor’s team top picks for an afternoon of responsible uncorked pleasure.
Top 5 Best Southern Highlands Wine Tours
Let someone else plan the day with any of these five wine tour operators in Southern Highlands. With a designated chauffeur and an excellent reputation, you’ll explore great hidden gems and taste the decanted beauty in the southern highlands vineyards.
The Grape Escape
The Grape Escape team owners Mira and Scott, promise to treat each guest like a VIP, and their tours deliver twenty wine varieties, plus speaking with cellar door owners. Hearing from the mouths connected to the minds of the recipes and wine creation will ignite a different relationship with each guest. The Grape Escape team is happy to make a unique and customized tour for any group.
Bowral Wine Tours
The Bowral team takes a maximum of four passengers to the best wineries in Southern Highlands. Your Bowral vineyards tours start either with a hotel or airport arrivals pick-up, specific for guests flying in from Sydney. After getting acquainted with your driver Steve, who has lived in the Southern Highlands for twenty years, watch the countryside whip by in a comfortable Nissan Murano TI SUV. Tours last approximately six to eight hours and range in price from $300-400, depending on the selected itinerary. All tours visit four Southern Highlands wineries and can be tailored to guest-specific requests, this is one of the top things to do in Moss Vale.
The Highlands Tour CO
This isn’t just a tour company focused on Southern Highlands winery, The Highland Tour Co also offers guests organised tours of breweries, and gin distilleries, plus organise Bruce’s or Sheila’s day trips to the Southern Highland region. The Highlands Tour Co accommodates tour groups ranging from 2-50+ and will provide transportation options ranging from luxury sedans, vans, or modern mini-coaches. This is a tour company unrestricted by group size or personal requests.
Southern Highlands Boutique Tours
This bespoke wine tour of Southern Highlands winery offers guests four different options to indulge with wine and accompaniments. Guests can choose to visit the best Southern Highlands wineries and pair with a delicious lunch, charcuterie boards, whiskey pairings, or fresh pies. The meals or food pairings are at an additional cost and easily added on throughout the experience. Tours include four cellar door visits, an individual food pairing, and pick-up and drop-off at guests' accommodation in Southern Highlands. Each one will last between 5.5 to 6 hours. Moss Manor is proud to partner with this tour organizer and will easily help coordinate for guests' convenience.
Vino Rosso Tours
Vino Rosso Tours is an intriguing option for couples or solo travelers to the Southern Highlands winery. You can contact Vino Rosso and join a tour scheduled for the week. Each tour includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, pick-ups in Moss Vale, Bowral, & Mittagong, a shared tasting platter at one designated venue, all cellar door fees, and a refrigerated cooler for all purchases. If guests wish to include lunch, it is an additional cost and will usually be at a popular pub or a tasty woodfired pizza from a select winery.
For groups traveling through Southern Highlands vineyards Vino Rosso can organize a private experience. Private tours include pick-up and drop-off within a one-hour radius of Southern Highlands, a glass of sparkling wine at the origin of the tour, a tasting platter at one of the best Southern Highlands wineries, all cellar door fees, a private vehicle for the entirety of the tour, water and refrigerated coolers for purchases.
Moss Manor Team Wineries In Moss Vale Recommendations
The above tour operators will stop at the best Southern Highlands wineries, but for Moss Manor guests looking to focus on one spot versus several, these are our team’s top recommendations.
Under ten minutes door to door, Dawning Day Farms winery is an idyllic day trip for the whole family to enjoy. This family owned and operated micro-vineyard excels at cold climate wines and produces Farmhouse Pickles, Hot-House Chilli Pickles, Limoncello, Pinot-gar (caramelized Pinot Noir vinegar) Bonfire Hot Sauce, and Gin Pickles, made with signature Bandit gin. Spending a day at this Southern Highlands vineyards will also help those less fortunate with 10% of Dawning Day wine sales going to those in need. Bookings are essential, and the Moss Manor team is happy to coordinate an amazing experience. Available Monday to Thursday by private booking only, Friday to Saturday from 11 AM to 5:30 PM, and Sundays from 1-5 PM.
Cherry Tree Hills
The next closest winery to Moss Manor's front door is Cherry Tree Hills, owned, managed, and maintained by the Lorentz family for over 30 years. When they first began producing grapes in 2003, they had no idea how far the journey into vino would go. Currently, their catalogue contains red, white, Rosé, and sparkling. The Cherry Tree Hills cellar door serves delicious tasting boards and Gourmet Pies and is open seven days a week from 10 to 5 PM. The Lorentz family is happy to accommodate bookings outside this time with notice and reservations.
Centennial Vineyards is one of the largest Southern Highlands wineries driven by two simple values, precision and passion. Their winemaker Tony Cosgriff was originally a scholar of chemistry and has traveled extensively across New Zealand and the United States developing a keen design for prestigious vintage and barrels. Tony has been a foundation to the winery since opening day. Meet him in person and hear about the excitement he still gets with new projects and the many benefits of making cold-climate wine. Moss Manor is happy to coordinate a reservation at Centennial Vineyards.
Last but not least, is Artemis Winery, run by Winemaker brothers, Anton and Mark Balog. The Balog brothers have been involved with southern highlands winery since 1996, and are recognized locally as the Pinot Noir pioneers.
Artemis Winery is a twenty-minute drive from Moss Manor and a sprawling property of 4 hectares with an altitude of 600-700 meters. Sitting down in this warm and inviting cellar door, you’ll feel instantly at home. Classic touches of sustainable items, plus the smokey delicious smell of woodfired pizza, will keep everyone entertained on a beautiful southern highlands winery afternoon. Make a reservation now and learn more about the brothers through the Artemis Winery website here.