The impressing verandah view of the beautiful Mudgee region wasn’t spoilt even though the drought took green colours and has painted the landscape in the brown palette. There was no significant rainfall in the area apart from the one in March and then one in September. The water level in the dams was dropping to the critical point, everyone was watching the sky for clouds and hoping for the rain. For us it was just so very very Aussie, the exact sample of how we imagine the countryside of Australia.
We had a pleasure to meet only nice and very friendly people there and were pleased by their genuine smiles and welcoming approach.
The wine region of Mudgee is filled with over 40 vineyards, and settled in the hilly area with view on the mountains in the horizon. It’s viticulture history stretches back to 1858. Mudgee has a very different climate to that on the coastal side, it’s dry, the days are hot (usually way over 30°C) and the nights cold (the temperature often drops below 10°C) in the summer, with spring frosts and long sunshine hours. Mudgee’s altitude is around 450 metres above the sea level.
Absolutely picturesque and charming place that has stolen our hearts or actually, we left our hearts there and took beautiful memories and wine with us. 🙂
The places we recommend:
- Mudgee Homestead Guesthouse (www.mudgeehomestead.com.au) – great, quite location on the hill, awesome freshly cooked breakfast, wonderful hospitality and homemade Negroamaro wine – all you need is there
- Butcher Shop Cafe (49 Church St, Mudgee NSW 2850) – delicious freshly roasted coffee (on the premises, while you waiting!) and great food
- di Lusso Estate (www.dilusso.com.au) – vineyard and olive grove with a great spot for a wood fired pizza and other delicious treats from Italian cuisine and the most charming host Jake – the Golden Retriever
- Robert Stein Vineyard (www.robertstein.com.au) – their Rum Cask Tawny Port is amazing
- Huntington Estate (www.huntingtonestate.com.au) – must try the 2009 Vintage Port and the 2013 Chardonnay