Escape the city for a

Taste of the Highlands

and enjoy a day of wine and fine dining in the country!

This leisurely day of wining and dining in the country begins with a scenic drive from the edge of Sydney Harbour to the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands.

Take the time to kick back, relax and start warming up those taste buds!

On arrival at Cuttaway Hill Wines, owner and winemaker Mark Bourne demonstrates the traditional méthode champenoise used to make champagne and his own sparkling wines. You’ll have a glass in hand ready to sample the final product before sitting down to a tasting of Mark’s estate grown wines including some available exclusively at the cellar door.

The wine is complemented by a vignerons platter that includes a selection of local produce.

Continuing the focus on local produce experience fine dining Southern Highlands style at chef-hatted Eschalot. Owner and head chef Matty Roberts leads you through the restaurant garden where he picks the freshest of fresh ingredients to prepare the meal you are about to savour. Complementing Matty’s skill in the kitchen, owner and maître d’ Cass Wallace selects a local wine to match each course.

To round out the day it’s back to school with a Pinot masterclass showcasing the premier grape variety of this cool-climate region. Hosted by a resident Centennial Vineyards oenophile learn about the various Pinot mutations used to make their sparklings, whites, rosés and reds while tasting flights of estate grown wines accompanied by matching morsels.

Sparkling winemaking at Cuttaway Hill Wines with Mark Bourne - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Learn the méthode champenoise from winemaker Mark Bourne and sample the finished product.

Vignerons platter - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Taste estate grown wines accompanied by a vignerons platter featuring local produce.

Fresh produce from Eschalot restaurant garden with head chef Matty Roberts - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Join Eschalot head chef Matty Roberts to pick ingredients fresh from the garden for your gourmet lunch.

Savour a meal created using the freshest ingredients of the day accompanied by matching local wines.

Pinot masterclass 2 - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Taste flights of sparkling, white, rose and red estate grown wines all made from the Pinot family of grapes.

Enjoying a glass of wine with friends - Taste of the Highlands gourmet food and wine tour from Sydney

Plan your return to the Highlands as you toast a fun day out sharing fine food and wine with friends old and new!

Group size:  A maximum of 11 winers and diners.

This relaxing day out was designed to experience the Highlands without the crowds. So we don’t bring one with us!

Scheduled departures:  Saturdays and Sundays

Departs:  8.30am from Circular Quay

Returns:  5.30pm to Circular Quay

Private tours:  Call Steve on 04 48463652 or email admin@localtravelplanner.com

All-inclusive price includes:

  • friendly, knowledgeable guide
  • private méthode champenoise demonstration
  • estate-grown wine tasting with vignerons platter
  • chef-led tour of restaurant garden
  • two course fine dining lunch with matching local wines at chef-hatted Eschalot
  • Pinot masterclass and tasting flights with matching food samples
  • return transport from Circular Quay

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