There’s an old saying that praises the corkscrew as a useful key. It unlocks the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship, and the gate of pleasant folly.
Today’s wine may not need a corkscrew, but opening it provides the same result.
The Sapphire Coast wine industry is in its infancy but all the right ‘ingredients’ are in place: good wine is born from good vines planted in good soil and nurtured by people who are passionate about their produce.
Our wines taste good and they are great value. Discover them at the wineries cellar door, bottle shops around the region or at local fairs and markets. Best served when you need a guarantee of enjoyment.
Rocky Hall Winery
In the valley below Big Jack Mountain, the winemakers of Rocky Hall winery grow their grapes and handcraft their wines with passion, patience and persistence.
The wines are inspired by the legend of Big Jack Hayden, who was renowned for his feats of strength and endurance.
Tim O’Rourke, Sue O’Rourke and Clint Bradley formed Rocky Hall Winery six years ago.
“We love making wine. We love experimenting and we believe in letting excellent fruit have its expression in the glass. We keep intervention to a minimum.”
The winery and vineyards are located in the Towamba Valley, in the hinterland behind Merimbula, Pambula and Eden. The Pambula cellar door also stocks other local produce.
Varieties: Verdelho, Shiraz, Cabernet, Rosé, Vintage Port.
Belgrave Park Winery
Located at stunning Cobargo, Belgrave Park Winery produces unique hand-crafted boutique wines.
The award-winning range includes traditional favourites such as Shiraz and Merlot, as well as contemporary varieties like Viognier and Sangiovese.
Taste the wines, settle back on the verandah and admire the magnificent views over the vineyard, the picturesque rural vista and the Wadbilliga mountain ranges.
Belgrave Park wines – quality wines for discovering, dining and indulging. Or even just for quaffing. Plus all our wines are now completely carbon neutral – that’s the ultimate in being environmentally friendly.
Visit the cellar door – a modern, purpose-designed cottage with a tasting room, gallery space and large covered verandah area.
October to March – weekends, 11am to 5pm. April to September – closed. Also open long weekends and seven days over the Christmas holiday period.
Mimosa Wines & Drystone Restaurant
Nestled at Murrah, midway between the coastal townships of Bermagui and Tathra, this 200-acre property is discreetly tucked away in a coastal valley between the pristine beaches and spectacular coastline of Mimosa Rocks National Park and the rainforest, waterfalls and mountain scenery of Biamanga National Park.
The seven-acre vineyard has been established since initial plantings in 1999. Winemaker Glenn Butson appreciated the challenges involved with growing grapes in this fickle maritime climate and selected Chambourcin, Verdelho, Tempranillo and the ultra premium Spanish white Albarino for their compatibility with the terroir and lifestyle of this unique area.With biodynamic practices employed to invigorate soils and combat disease, and passionate wine-making producing innovative wine styles, these selections have proven inspirational.
The Drystone Restaurant aims to support regional producers. Cheeses, seafood, meats and vegetables are sourced locally and incorporated into our menu, creating a unique, distinctive cuisine.
Cellar door sales only.