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Welcome to Highlands Food & Wine Tours

Welcome to Highlands Food & Wine Tours.

We are here to give you a great  experience discovering great food and wines in one of Australia’s greatest food and wine districts.

The NSW Southern Highlands boasts some of Australia’s best wine makers who have won accolades for their wine making both throughout Australia and around the world. There are also many food producers who have been well recognised for their top quality food products. From olive oil to truffles, great cheeses and much much more, we have planty in the Southern HIghlands to choose from

At Highlands Food & Wine Tours we will pick you up from your accommodation in the Southern Highlands. We will Enjoying wine in the Southern Highalndsthen take you on a tour of the great food and wine producers in the Southern Highlands.
So whether you are staying in Bowral, Mittagong or Mossvale or perhaps one of the out lying villages of the Southern Highlands we can do the driving and you can relax and enjoy the experience.

Whether it is a pure wine tour or you are only interested in the food or perhaps you would like a mix of food and wine, we are to do all the organising for you. We are available for midweek and weekend bookings so give us a call and we can organise something for you :)

Grape stomping in March

March is harvest time for the vineyards in the Southern Highlands and that means grapes need to crushed.

One of the best ways to crush grapes for red wine is by foot. Feet are gentle enough not to crush the grape seed which can put a bitter taste in the wine.

If you have ever though you would like to foot stomp grapes then this is your lucky chance.

On Saturdays in March all tours will be visit Eling Forest Winery where you will have a chance to stomp grapes while enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles.

stomping

These tours will be available on the following Saturdays 5th, 19th and 26th of March.

You can book you grape stomping tour here.

Make sure you wear or bring a pair of shorts that you are not worried about getting dirty (they are red wine grapes and if some of the juice splashes on them it may not wash out). A shirt that you are not fond of might be a good idea as well.

Come along and enjoy a day tasting great wine and take on the rare chance to stomp the grapes.

For more to book a tour or for more information use our booking page or call John on 0410590044

10 Ways to uncork a bottle of wine.

Have you ever been caught without a corkscrew and a bottle of wine that needs opening.

Well this short video has the answers for you.

Just a few simple tools and you will have the bottle open in no time.

Seriously though just get a corkscrew, some of these look a little dubious.

 

La Truffiere

A Truffle Tour of my own.

I arrived at Yelverton Truffles on a crisp sunny Southern Highlands morning to have my own look at what the all the fuss is about truffles.

I was warmly welcomed by Ted and Barbara, as everyone is when they arrive for one of their truffle tours. Tea and coffee were available to warm the body in the cool Southern Highlands

Truffle presentation

Jet the truffle dog was a star during Ted’s presentation.

climate and soon everyone settled down for Ted’s interesting and educational presentation on truffles.

After the presentation it was time to move on to the truffiere.
After a short stroll down the hill to the truffiere is was time to put the shoe covers on our shoes. Truffles are a fungus and can be sensitive to other fungus spores being introduced to the truffiere.

Once everyone was looking splendid on there blue shoe covers and was finally time to get an up close at the truffles.

It wasnt long before truffles could be spotted poking up through the surface of the soil. Ted and Barbara certainly seem to have done something right with no shortage of truffles to be seen and even a few new ones spotted by some of the guests on the tour. Each truffle is marked as it is La Truffierefound so that Ted can keep track of and easily find the ones that have already been found.

After a short walk of the truffiere and some more interesting talk from Ted it was time to see Jet, the resident truffle dog, in action. A small piece of truffle was placed under a tree and jet was put to work.

Ted and and Jet wandered up a row of oak trees in search of the elusive truffle. It didnt take long for Jet to find the truffle, sniffing it out as soon as

Ted unearths a truffle.

Ted unearths a truffle.

he got close.

Just to prove it wasnt a fluke, Ted had the truffle hidden again, this time much further away. Jet was in no hurry stolling up the row of trees, sniffing here and there in search for the truffle scent that would see him rewarded with a treat. As soon as Jet reach the truffle he quickly locked onto the scent and located the truffle again.

With truffle found Jet was offered a food treat which was eagerly accepted. With Jet’s task at an end it was play time. Ted threw the ball him he chased it down with vigour.

Once we were finished in the truffiere it was time to return to the the presentation area where some delicious truffle treats were on offer. The treats on offer were truffle infused camembert.

Delicious truffle infused eggs

Delicious truffle infused eggs

truffle infused eggs topped with a shaving of fresh truffle and potato and leek soup with truffle butter and topped with shaved truffle.

It was great way to discover the flavour of this delicacy and everyone enjoyed the chance to try these delicious truffle samples.

The tour was great introduction to the interesting and tasty truffle and it was great to learn about its history and its versatility in cooking up some very tasty sound dishes that I hope to try. Of course I couldnt leave without some truffle and truffle infused eggs will be on the menu in our house in the near future as well as some other truffle inspired meals.

 

Our truffle tour on the 8th August still has a few spots available so be sure to book quickly for your chance to discover the interesting truffle.
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Wine Body and Soul Tours

Highlands Food & Wine Tours is very excited to be in partnership with Gail Withers from Heart and Soul Healing to bring a you an unique and uplifting experience that we have called Wine Body and Soul!
Heart and Soul Healing

You will be treated to a Platform Mediumship Presentation with Gail, in which each tour guest receives a reading bringing through messages of guidance comfort and support. After this exhilarating start to your day you will continue on to visit some of the superb wineries of the Southern Highlands where you will have a chance to taste the great wine they have on offer. all in the comfort of our mercedes bus.

A fantastic way to celebrate everything from bridal parties, birthdays, reunions, social groups or whenever family and friends come together. Book your Wine Body and Soul tour today. It really is a divinely unique experience!

Call John on 0410590044 or email john@highlandsfoodandwinetours.com.au.

*Minimum group size for this tour is 6people with a maximum of 14 people.

Valentines Day Tour

It is not long until Valentines and you dont have anything organised!!

Come with us on our Valentines Day Tour and we will take care of the day for you.

We will visit 3 cellar doors and enjoy lunch at the popular Eling Forest Cafe. You will also enjoy a tour of the working winery at Eling Forest Winery.

If you are staying in the Southern Highlands we can pick you up from your accomodation.

The cost is $100 per person which includes all tour/tasting costs, lunch and a cheese platter at one of the cellar doors and because it is Valentines Day each lady will get a single red rose.

You could even find the perfect wine for your romantic Valentines Day evening.

For bookings or enquiries call John on 0410590044 or email john@highlandsfoodandwinetours.com.au

Would you like to stomp the grapes??

Have you ever thought you would like to stomp grapes like they used to in times gone by?

Maybe you havent but now that I have mentioned it you think it is a good idea.

Foot stomping was the way winegrapes were crushed before the mechanical techniques used today.

stompingDuring the month of March on Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, come with us on a wine tour and get a chance to stomp the grapes. You will be able to tell your friends that you were instrumental in producing some quality Southern Highlands wine.

All you need to do is book one of our Sunday tours in March and make sure you wear or bring a pair of shorts that you are not worried about getting dirty (they are red wine grapes and if some of the juice splashes on them it may not wash out). A shirt that you are not fond of might be a good idea as well.

Come along and enjoy a day tasting great wine and take on the rare chance to stomp the grapes.

For more to book a tour or for more information use our booking page or call John on 0410590044

 

Weekday Wine Tour Special

If you book a wine tour with us at Highland Food & Wine Tours on a weekday you will receive a 10% discount on our standard price.

While weekend tours are very popular, as most people work during the week, weekdays are a great time to go tasting.

Quite often cellar doors are much quieter during the weekdays so you get a much more personal level of service and quite often you will get the cellar door to yourself.

This is a great way to discover the wines of the Southern Highlands by taking a wine tour with HIghlands Food & Wine Tours.

Couples or groups can take advantage of the 10% weekday discount on wine tours.Wine Tour 7 June 2014 034

  • This special covers wine tours only.
  • Public holidays and long weekends are not included.
  • Special dates are not included e.g. Valentines Day
  • Online bookings are not included.
  • Special tours are not included.
  • Group wine tour bookings are welcome

Australia Day 2015 Food and Wine Tour

Sunday 25th January 2015

Join us on a tour to discover some of the great food and wine products of the Southern Highlands this Australia Day weekend

We will visit Sutton Forest Olives to learn about the production of olive oil and purchase a range or olive oil products.
Next it will off to Birrong Suri Alpaca Farm to find out about growing alpaca where a complimentary lunch of Alpaca salad will be provided for you to experience the great flavour of Alpaca meat.
Lastly we will be a visit to Eling Forest Winery to tour the working winery and learn about the art of wine making. There will also be a chance to taste and purchase wine.
The cost will $120 per person which includes pick and return from within the Southern Highlands, all tour/tasting costs, Alpaca Burger lunch and a coffee at Eling Forest winery cafe before returning.

Bookings can be amde through our booking form or through our secure online booking system