Who cares if your afternoon tea is a cocktail, wine or beer? Whet the whistle on a local small batch gin, wrap your laughing gear around our favourite craft beer, and sip in style at a regional winery.
As far we’re concerned no holiday adventure to the Barrington Coast is complete without a good old fashioned tipple session with friends. Heck, you’ll even discover a few booze-free options at the following venues for the teetotalling travellers too.
Welcome to the Barrington Coast’s only micro-brewery plus it’s family owned and operated for extra appeal. In the heart of Forster, The Coastal Brewing Company produces craft beer for distribution amongst on-trend bottle shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. But they’re always open to the public so you’re in luck! Book in for a brewery tour or head direct to their tasting room to sample a few crisp cold ales. Owners Dave and Helen are super welcoming and happy to share their brewing knowledge with you, so you’re guaranteed to be impressed. All the beers here are named after localities in the Barrington Coast so here’s your chance to drink ‘around the region’ without leaving the comfort of your bar stool.
Ok, now here’s a team that understands the importance and art of traditional gin making infused with native Australian flavours. Located at scenic Allworth the Farmer’s Wife Distillery is open by appointment to tour their terrific distillery. Tastings are mandatory (joking), but you’d be mad if you didn’t sip this refreshingly flavoursome liquid. Being a small batch producer means that their award-winning boutique gins can sell out quickly. Hence visitors have the opportunity to join the Farmer’s Wife community – essentially a subscription based membership where you can opt in for an exclusive Farmers Wife Distillery gin club membership. Sign me up.
Wharf Street is a two-level distillery, restaurant & bar located on the pristine shores of Wallis Lake, Forster. It's a place you can come and meet friends, drink our signature gin, relax over a long brunch or hang out at the bar until dinner rolls around.
Looking for a peaceful, semi hidden place to relax not too far from our coastline? Great, because at Great Lakes Paddocks, you’re in the right space. First things first, order a cheese platter paired with their delightful selection of wines and then unwind in style. Great Lakes Paddocks at Wootton is essentially an operational cattle farm and vineyard in one. Famed for its pasture raised Angus Beef and delicate yet bold wines, this destination is a sure fire way to impress your family and friends. They also host regular events with live music so you can settle back into a deliciously relaxing country picnic with style.
What’s your flavour? Villa d’Esta Vineyard at Dyers Crossing produces small runs of soft, easy to drink classic wines. All vino options here are made with traditional Hungarian techniques and matured in oak barrels. There are 5 hectares of grape vines at Villa d'Esta, the majority of which are chardonnay, chasselas doré and chambourcin grapes but you may also find smaller plantings of pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes too. What blend of grapes will you get to sample when you visit? Your hardest job is deciding which new favourite to take home with you… eeny meeny miney mo?
You’ll love the friendly owners who offer intimate wine tastings in their garden overlooking the vines in the rolling hills just east of Gloucester. Their verdelho, rosé and shiraz-chambourcin comes highly recommended by the locals, many of whom volunteer to pick grapes at each vintage. Sit back and soak up the magnificent view as you enjoy a fine wine experience.
The grape growers here sure know their stuff, producing beautifully crisp, clean and vibrant wines near Bulahdelah. Try the multi-award winning verdelho or sparkling frizzante. Plus add a little holiday knowledge to your wine expertise with a tasting of their sparkling espu’delho (hint: it’s a prosecco-style sparkling verdelho “well-balanced with a fragrant nose”.) Sure, I’ll try that.
And finally, if you can’t make it out into our green and beautiful hinterland for cellar door tastings, then look for these quality wines at your nearest farmers market or liquor outlet within the Barrington Coast.