Tilba Valley winery and ale house
The last months have been anything but easy for the tourism industry, especially on the New South Wales south coast. First, it was the devastating fires, halting the usual bumper holidaymaker season, backed by the travel restrictions of COVID-19.
While times may have tougher than ever, there's one place has soldiered on through it all, recently re-opening its cellar door to the public.
Tilba Valley Winery and Alehouse is just a short drive outside of the main Tilba village, as you meander through the gum trees up the hill to the property overlooking 10 acres of established vineyards.
Perched on the foothills under the omniscient Mount Gulaga, the views are postcard material. It feels like you are a million miles away from the rat race, surrounded by nothing but vines, rolling green lawns and a good old dose of that South Coast NSW hospitality.
Enjoy a seat on the sheltered verandah or soak up the sun on the lawns while local musicians sing and strum away at the outdoor stage, usually on the weekends and more frequently throughout the summer season.
Take the time to do a wine tasting which is masterfully guided by the friendly staff. Tilba Valley specialises in producing Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reisling, Traminer, Shiraz, Chardonnay with hte winery been in operation for over 40 years.
If wine isn't your thing, there are a mix of craft beers and blends at the bar.
To get an authentic tasting experience, pop into the restaurant for a selection of fresh, comfort and pub food like feeds. Using local produce where possible, there are dishes seasonal pies, Snowy River trout salad and their iconic ploughman's plate.
Featuring cheeses from the nearby Tilba Dairy, salted pork from Bermagui and housemade pickles the plate samples some of the regions best produce. Kick back with a glass of wine as a melody of classic Aussie rock plays on the stereo and kookaburras laugh among the gum trees.
Laid-back and welcoming, Tilba Valley Winery and Alehouse is one of those off-the-beaten-track gems that once you visit, you want to keep coming back for more.