It is a four-hour drive south-west of Sydney and about an hour and a half from Canberra to get to the Hilltops wine region.

As you approach this awakening little viticultural haven, you will witness hints of the flavours it has in store as you pass (or visit) local orchards and farms renown for their plump stone fruit. Think cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots and figs – this place is a treasure trove of food based cottage industry businesses.

As the name suggests, Hilltops is a high-altitude region and consists of 600 hectares of vineyards of mainly red grapes in and around the main towns of Boorowa, Harden and Young. The dark red granitic clay and basalt works with the dry summer and autumn to produce flavoursome wine varieties such as barbera, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, pinot noir, semillon, pinot gris and gewürztraminer to name but a few.