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Wine, Sake and Speciality Trails


Hillbilly Cider Shed at Shields Orchard

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FRI 12PM - 5PM. SAT & SUN 11AM- 5PM. Free Tastings. Please check website for any additional opening days during the growing season.

Cider tastings

Wind your way up the picturesque Bells Line of Road to The Hillbilly Cider Shed at Shields orchard. Pick some apples and then head to the shed to sample the award winning range including limited releases not available elsewhere.

Hillbilly is the only cider in the world that uses the 'Julie' apple discovered at Shields Orchard and now heralded as the first new apple discovery in the Sydney area since the Granny Smith over 100 years ago! The Hillbilly Sweet Julie Cider won a “Best in Class” in the latest Australian Cider awards.

Hillbilly has won awards in every Australian cider awards since launching 5 years ago – including 3 times “Best in Class”. Hillbilly has also achieved highest scoring Australian cider in the UK’s International cider awards with a silver medal.

The ciders are made purely from local mountain apples with no added sugar or artificial flavours. They are gluten free and suitable for Vegans.

You can also find us at the Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food market, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday. See https://www.facebook.com/HarvestTrailsAndMarkets/ for the latest market postings.

Other stockists are listed on www.hillbillycider.com.au

Products:

Hillbilly apple cider – 4.5% alc
Hillbilly pear cider – 4.5% alc
Hillbilly Sweet Julie Cider – 3.5% alc
Hillbilly Scrumpy cloudy Cider – 6% alc
Hillbilly Vintage – 9% alc

Hillbilly non alcoholic apple cider – 0.0% alc.


Jubilee Vineyard Estate

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Open Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 6pm.

Jubilee Vineyard Estate is located on Tizzana Lagoon, near the Hawkesbury River, within a unique, picturesque valley that is reminiscent of Europe.

The famous Italian surgeon, Dr Thomas Fiaschi, impressed with the geography and soil of the area, purchased 250 acres of land at "Sackville Reach" and commenced establishing his famous 55 acre vineyards and sandstone winery in 1885.

He called it "Tizzana" as it reminded him of his village on the outskirts of Florence, Italy.

By 1889 "Tizzana" was producing 9,600 gallons of wine, and employing up to 100 people at it's peak production. The vineyards flourished and quickly gained a reputation for producing very fine, award winning wines. Its wines were transported to Sydney via the Hawkesbury River system, and sold from within the famous "Fiaschi Wine Bar" in Little George Street, Sydney.

After destruction by bushfire in the 1950s, the property was later subdivided.

"Jubilee Vineyard Estate" was re-established directly in front of Tizzana Winery in 2001, and was named after one of Dr Fiaschi's original Tizzana vineyards.

The 27 acre property is located just over an hours drive from the centre of Sydney.

2004 Jubilee "Drunken Bee" Port
2005 Jubilee Chambourcin Rosé
2004 Jubilee Chambourcin Red Wine
2006 Jubilee Chambourcin Rosé

This is the most beautiful part of the region. Come and visit. You will be surprised and you will enjoy yourself

They offer Wine and Cheese Appreciation


Historic Hawkesbury Agricultural College: Walking Tour

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Monday to Friday the main Campus entry point is College Drive, an extension of Bourke Street Richmond.

The Drive leads to a visitor parking area.

On weekends and public holidays College Drive is closed and entry to the Campus is via Vines Drive, off Londonderry Road.

A parking fee system is utilised on the campus. You can get a parking ticket from the dispensers located at Campus entry points.

This campus is a delight to stroll around and take in the History of the Hawkesbury.

Just take 90 minutes out of your busy schedule and enjoy our most beautiful University.

Down load the attached document that has a complete tour for you.

Some preliminary information for you.

The Campus entrances have distinctive blue freestanding directories and information kiosks.

The Hawkesbury Campus is divided into location zones, which are signified via alphabetical letters.

Each building within a zone has a number. For example K4 is Stable Square. The tour map and guide indicates the location details and provides very brief details of the historic buildings. The tour guide contains a suggested route, which directs visitors to many of the historic buildings and some of the newer facilities.

The tour requires a minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. Cafeteria facilities are located in Building L2 near the oval and there is also a small food and coffee outlet open around lunchtime in Building G1.

Public toilets are located in Building K4 and in the G1 Quadrangle.

Most areas of the campus have good disabled access.

Why not drop in to Secret Garden and Nursery and pick up a few plants. They are open Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5pm.


Silos Estate Winery

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Accommodation: 7 days a week; 365 days a year

Cellar Door/Gallery: 7 days a week, Closed Christmas Day

Restaurant: Thu-Sun; 7 days a week Dec-Jan (lunch and dinner)

The Silos Restaurant is located on the NSW South Coast, at the Silos Estate vineyards just on the outskirts of picturesque Berry. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the local vineyard, Silos takes its name from the 80 year old grain silos included in the property, one of which houses the wine cellar. The award winning Silos Restaurant under Manager Robert Salmon demonstrates country cuisine of the highest calibre. The venue is also perfect for functions. The outlook and restaurant, combined with the beautiful grounds and accommodation, provide an ideal special occasion venue – whether that be a country wedding, corporate event or simply a gathering for friends and family.

Choose from the spaciousness of a Spa Suite or a cosy Sitting Room Suite (each with a private verandah where you can enjoy the vista of the vineyard and escarpment) or the ‘Vines’ – the fully restored original farmhouse that offers views to the lower vineyards and escarpment. All rooms come with breakfast supplies for the duration of your stay. Please note that in accordance with Federal and State laws Silos Estate is smoke free. Pets and children are welcome by prior arrangement and we ask that you respect the privacy and amenity of our other guests

Situated just two hours south of Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra, Silos Estate on the South Coast of NSW is the perfect venue for your next small conference, event or meeting. We offer a small group conference or residential conference venue with a 12 seat Board Room fully equipped with the latest audio visual equipment; secure internet access; break out spaces etc. And once the work is over, there of course is wine and cheese tasting and award winning dining to be enjoyed.


Go-Shu Australian Sake Brewery

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Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Brewery tours by appointment

Sun Masamune is Australia's first and only sake brewery. Set against the majestic backdrop of world renowned Blue Mountains, the purpose-built sake making facility at Penrith offers unique brewery tours to the curious visitor/tourist.

Informative and enjoyable tours include an interesting explanation of the sake making, its long history, culture and tradition as well as a look inside the workings of the sake brewery. Tasting of the freshest and finest products is also included in the tour.

The Go-Shu Visitors Centre also operates as a special souvenir and licensed retail shop, offering freshest Go-Shu sake products and a wide range of sake-related unique merchandise and gifts. The Brewery is located 60 minutes by car from the Sydney CBD, making it a very accessible destination.

Go-Shu Australian Sake is pure and healthy rice wine that respects the traditions of finest quality sake. At Sun Masamune we combine pure water, experience and state of the art technology with the high quality Australian medium grain Japonica rice from Murrumbidgee and Murray River Basins to produce the finest sake.
Sake is a unique beverage good in both hot and cold. You will be able to enjoy your sake either hot or cold by adjusting the temperature depends on the season, the occasion or the menu. The modern high grade sakes are nearly always enjoyed slightly chilled.

Sake is brewed like a beer, but it is served enjoyed like a fine wine. Sake is frequently used for cooking and as part of key ingredients for Japanese recipes.

The complexity and flavour profile of sake enhances food flavour by cleansing the palate and sensitising taste. Sake matches very well with Japanese foods which attach importance to balance and harmony of taste. Goes also well with all seafood, fried or barbecued food and other Asian/spicy fusion cuisine. Sake is also used by athletes for massage as well as cosmetics because it helps to keep the skin well moisturized.


The Great River Walk

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The idea of being able to walk the length of one of the great river systems of the world from its source at Lake Bathurst not far short of Canberra, to its mouth at Broken Bay is becoming a reality with the Great River Walk of the Hawkesbury Nepean River. Four sections of the walk are now accessible on foot, bicycle, canoe or car.

Take a healthy, educational, cultural and relaxing stroll along the Great River Walk.

You can visit some farms on your way.

Download the attachment to find your Great River Walks.

As more parts of the Great River walk are built we will keep you informed.

Please contact us if you want more information.


Native Kitchen and Bar

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WED - MON 7 AM - 5PM
THURS, FRI AND SAT NIGHTS
5 PM - LATE

Sourced locally
Prepared with love
Served simply

At Native Kitchen and Bar we network with small sustainable providers to create a seasonal cuisine that is kind to our bodies, our earth and our providers.

We wholeheartedly believe in and pursue organic and bio-dynamic practises. working closely with our farmers we plan our menu to develop produce driven concepts that constantly push the boundary of flavour and experience. It is our inspiration to see our ideas sprout from seed to plate.

To better educate ourselves and our staff in sustainable agriculture our team has the opportunity to partake inn a weekly routine of agricultural training and practical involvement on the farm.


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