With over 20 vineyards and wineries scattered through the undulating hills and picturesque countryside, wine tasting is a must in the Ferguson Valley. The rich low plains, gentle slopes and valleys combined with the plentiful annual rainfall- results in an ideal environment for the creation of delicious produce.
Some altitude and proximity to the coast results in moderate high temperatures and allow access to cooling sea breezes and higher afternoon humidity. This climate and topography is ideal for medium to full bodies wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Semillon and Chardonnay.
Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed as the region also produces some deliciously light and aromatic fortified wines that are perfect on the cooler evenings.
The winemakers in the region are welcoming and passionate, more than happy to share their time and knowledge with their customers, so pull up a stool and get involved. From 5 star James Halliday rated wineries such as Willow Bridge Estate, to the smaller family run producers, there is plenty to test out your palate.
Taste the local produce
The region is steeped with agricultural history, with dairy farming still prominent in the valleys. If wine isn’t your thing, there’s also a couple of breweries that have tastings available. Explore farm gates, cellar doors, local food markets and meet the farmers, winemakers and restaurateurs who are dedicated to growing, producing and serving the very best the region has to offer.
There’s plenty of options available, from award winning restaurants to established bakeries and family run cafes, there’s a strong theme of respect for local, home-grown ingredients throughout the region.