Another wine you say? Why not if the kids are entertained.
Port Macquarie’s wineries have new attractions, events and creative ways to amuse the little ones at the cellar door. Cassegrain offers horse-riding trails through the vines and Bago Vineyards has Bago Maze and fun events like monthly Jazz in the Vineyards. Many of our wineries have diversified to offer something fun for the kids. They can enjoy outdoor art, horse-riding, a maze and a place to learn about our penal history. The region’s five wineries are scattered around the lush green hinterland and close to town.
Cassegrain Winery has Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre on site! Offering escorted trail rides through the Cassegrain Winery estate, available for children aged over six. A perfect opportunity for parents to indulge in wine tasting at the Cellar Door. Wine and dine at Twotriplefour Restaurant, explore the beautiful garden with picnic areas and BBQ facilities, or learn about the art of winemaking on a guided tour.
Around 20 minutes drive south-west of Port Macquarie, Bago Maze & Winery is a charming rustic hinterland winery and its star attraction is Bago Maze. Kids can get lost in 2000 metres of pathways and lookouts at the largest hedge maze in NSW while parents enjoy wine and a cheese tasting platter in any number of pretty picnic spots. Finish your visit at the magical, russian-caravan inspired Baba Lila Chocolate Shop, where delicious chocolates are made on site.
At Douglas Vale Historic Vineyard (in the heart of Port Macquarie) inquisitive minds can learn about Port Macquarie’s penal history and will love exploring the Homestead built in 1859, the oldest timber house in the region. Wine here is produced from the original Isabella grape and it is classified by the National Trust.
Around 25 minutes drive south of Port Macquarie, Long Point Vineyard has a display of fabulous outdoor sculptures scattered through the gardens, an indoor Art Gallery, and a sheltered BBQ and picnic area with lots of space for the little ones to run. They are serious about wine quality, but like to have fun with their labels such as ‘Fat Bastard’ Chardonnay, ‘Jolly Nose’ Port or ‘Agent Orange’ Liqueur.
Around 10 minutes drive west from Port's CBD, the charming Little Fish Cafe & Vineyard is perfect for foodie parents who can dine on beautiful french-inspired dishes on the verandah while the kids have plenty of room to roam and a kid's menu to keep them going. Keep an eye on the kids while they climb trees and run through vineyards, extensive gardens and colourful jacaranda trees.