• Chloe Grabham

Have you visited this secret Blue Mountains winery?

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You don't always need to travel too far out of town to explore and indulge in an award-winning glass of vino. Dryridge Estate in the scenic Megalong Valley is just over two hours drive from Sydney, offering a picturesque backdrop of the stunning Blue Mountains countryside.

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Discover Dryridge Estate on the popular and gruelling hiking path, Six-Foot Track-fortunately with no strenuous mountain hikes to reach the cellar door! Established in 2000 by Bob and Barbara Tyrrell, there is a variety of vines growing on the hillsides, event spaces for weddings and functions and even 4.5-star accommodation, all on the breath-taking 130-acre estate.

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The surrounds are postcard Australian, as towering gum trees dance in the warm northwesterly breeze and the soil underfoot crumbles into unforgiving dust underfoot-all the while the valley maintains it's signature lush foliage. By far one of the most scenic cellar doors, you can soak it all in by pulling up one of the outdoor seats and benches, as the attentive staff bring wine samples to the table for tasting.

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The Tyrell's (no relation the famous Hunter Valley family) have really transformed the land into a prized production of unique and unforgettable styled wines. The 'Sophia' Pinot Gris is a stand-out. It is known to be one of the dividing varieties, taking a less traditional path when it comes to the flavour journey which is fruitier, lighter and uniquely balanced with an ending note of herbious character.

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On a hot summers day, the rosé goes down a treat. Not too sweet, the crimson tones are joyous to the palate, an all-round crowd pleaser. But no bottle of rosé can be enjoyed without a sliver of camembert right?

Enter the saving gourmet grace that is the cheese platters and if you're feeling a tad more peckish the Ploughman's Lunch. Including a combination of cheeses, crackers, cold meats, spreads and other tempters, what better way then to graze the day away.

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Pack a bag and stay the night with boutique accommodation available, with the Sunrise Lodge catering towards those romantic weekends away and the Homestead, perfect for families.

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Without a doubt, this is one of the real hidden gems of the Blue Mountains, showcasing hard-working craftsmanship in a relaxed setting. Put Dryridge Estate on your road trip map and enjoy some boutique creations.

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Dryridge Estate

226 Aspinall Rd, Megalong Valley NSW 2785

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