The Southern Highlands is home to quaint country towns and villages with plenty of charm. There are waterfalls to chase, national parks to explore and a museum for Australia’s most famous and esteemed cricketer, Donald Bradman, to visit as well. But Tractorless Vineyard, a cool-climate winery, also calls the region home and its cellar door should definitely be on your radar.
Tractorless Vineyard is inviting you to come on down for a visit to their vineyard or cellar door at The Mill Courtyard and get a taste of what they’ve sustainably been making. It’s good, real good, but you best get down there and see how good they are for yourself.
At Tractorless Vineyard they believe that the entire process surrounding the farm needs to be treated holistically, right from the soils to the animals to the business ethos. Subsequently, they have embraced the combination of old-world knowledge and skills with new-world techniques to produce quality in a more environmentally friendly way, which they’re keen on showing you.
Not only will you be able to meet and greet the woolly workers at the vineyard when you visit on a weekend tour, but you will also be treated to a Tractorless Vineyard Tasting featuring award-winning eco-wines as well as locally sourced, foraged, grown and produced food.
A minimum of four people ($65pp) is required for a tour of Tractorless Vineyard, so gather three friends and tell them you’ve got a road trip to meet sheep and drink wines.
At The Mill Courtyard, Bowral’s artfully restored communal hub and the location of Tractorless Vineyard’s newly opened Cellar Door, you will be entertained and guided through a tasting experience featuring award-winning wines, beers and ciders.
If you’re keen on just the drinks, then snap up the guided tasting experience ($35) which will see you savour some of their best drops. However, this experience can be levelled up by adding the smoked meats ($50).
Taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am, Tractorless Vineyard’s tasting experiences will not only show visitors the wonderful produce of the region but will also demonstrate the fabulous ways they are creating sustainable and diverse food and wine experiences.
The Mill Courtyard is also home to other fresh and locally produced foods found including vegan, vegetarian and Vietnamese dishes. There’s also gelato for you to tuck into once you’ve tasted all the wines, ciders and beers. That is if you’ve got the room to spare.
At just over 100 kilometres from Sydney, a visit to Tractor Vineyard and its cellar door makes for the perfect city escape.