Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival
Each year Shoalhaven lights up New South Wales with the Shoalhaven Winter Wine Festival. Held in June to celebrate the winter months and make the most of the long weekend, the festival takes place at cellar doors throughout the region.
About the Festival
Celebrate all things wine over three days in June with a program that features fine wine and gourmet food. Cellar doors in Gerringong in the North, Bawley Point in the South and West and Kangaroo Valley host a plethora of events, including wine tastings through to dinners, vineyard tours, winery discussion, produce and market stalls and plenty of live music. You'll get the chance to indulge in some of the nation's best wines alongside fresh, locally-produced food.
Festival artwork is created by local practitioners, with 2014 pieces painted by Gerringong artist Barbara Spence. For entry to the event, all you have to do is purchase a commemorative wine glass at any participating cellar door, then enjoy wine and cheese tastings at other venues throughout the festival. The 2014 line up included wineries such as Cambewarra Estate, Cupitt's Winery, Mountain Ridge Wines, Two Figs Winery and Yarrawa estate. On the menu alongside wine, were things such as BBQ packs for guests to cook their own feasts, strawberries and chocolates to accompany champagne, and cheese and alpaca tastings.
Live music and entertainment accompanies your experience indulging in decadent food and wine, and gives you the opportunity to dance off some of the extra calories consumed!
The festival runs at all cellar doors involved from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and there's a hop-on hop-off bus on offer to help get you from A to B in one piece. Responsible drinking is encouraged and children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Book in accommodation nearby to ensure you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of the country.
About the Shoalhaven
The Shoalhaven is located in south-eastern coastal region of New South Wales, and is a treasure trove for food fans, nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers alike. It boasts sparkling waters, hillside settings and lush valleys perfect for hikes and tramps.
Sample sumptuous seafood straight off the boat, or stick to the renowned range of local restaurants for fishes lovingly prepared for you.
Whale watchers can catch these beautiful beasts swimming along the Shoalhaven coastline during their annual migration. They swim north to seek out warmer waters, then return home with their newborn calves alongside them. As well as these creatures, you can spot little penguins, dolphins and seals.
There are a whopping 109 beaches and 49 towns and villages to explore in the Shoalhaven, giving holiday groups plenty of opportunities to do some sight seeing. Go kayaking on Jervis Bay, taste oysters at Greenwell Point and shop for bargains in the centres of Nowra and Ulladulla.
Tick off locations along the Shoalhaven Cultural Trail, which includes the Shoalhaven Arts Centre, Nowra Museum, Berry Historical Museum and Pioneer Settlement Reserve. Roam along the rugged Shoalhaven River and marvel works inspired by this stunning natural scenery. Arthur Boyd is just one artist famed for his works that feature this beautiful river. Explore the Bundanon and Riversdale properties, which were Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's gift to the Australian people, and discover more about this region's thriving arts and cultural community.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 5th 2014