Late last year, I had the pleasure of spending a bit of time in the Mudgee region of New South Wales while filming for the TV series Doctor Doctor.
Mudgee’s an absolutely charming little town, with friendly locals, great nightspots, amazing food, and fantastic wine.
One of the many spots I visited was the Montrose-Craigmoor cellar door at Craigmoor Estate, on the outskirts of Mudgee. Montrose was established in 1974 by a couple of Italian geezers, Carlo Salteri and Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, who shared a love for fine wine.
Back then, they appointed another Italian, Carlo Corino, as chief winemaker. Carlo brought with him Australia’s first vine cuttings of the Italian Barbera grapes: Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Back in the ’80s when I was but a wee lad in Scotland – living in Montrose Way, believe it or not – the intensely flavored and deeply colored Montrose shiraz earned the name “Black” by its fans.
Montrose wines have won numerous awards and accolades, and even, at one point, produced the number-one selling chardonnay in the good ol’ US of A. Today, Craigmoor is the region’s largest winery and the perfect spot to sit with some fantastic wines, enjoying the afternoon sun. Hot tip: make sure you order ahead and grab yourself the grazing box of beautiful cheeses, meats, crackers and brownies. Well worth the $35.
This article originally appeared on Escape