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‘Mudgee’ comes from the Wiradjuri word ‘Moothi’ which means, romantically, ‘Nest in the Hills’. Flying in, you can see the truth to this moniker, Mudgee is a valley surrounded by gently curved peaks. It has a climate several degrees warmer than the surrounding high country, which, along with sandy loam soil, makes the area attractive to viticulturalists.
Wine, and the accompanying fresh produce of a fertile wine country, are the most obvious drawcards of the region. But you’ll also find national parks, heritage villages and artists’ towns in these here hills, alongside some truly excellent accommodation options.
The slower pace and down-to-earth country hospitality are also attractive to Sydneysiders looking to escape the grind. The community has been through it – before lockdowns put the tourist trade on hiatus, heavy, lingering smoke from the summer bushfires saw many wineries lose their yield to smoke taint. With the state opening back up, the visitors have flooded back in, drawn in by the promise of good wine, food, and fresh country air. Local businesses are welcoming the influx of visitors, as well as practices in physical distancing and public health – so make sure you plan ahead to avoid dissapointment. You might need to stick to a timed, seated booking for a tasting at some cellar doors, but the pay off is the attention to detail the wineries now have space to provide.
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