Taste Trails are our specially curated 'Insider's Guides', providing local insights into some of the region's best experiences. We've included maps, drive times (from Port Mac's CBD) and details of each stop, so you can easily plan your own self-drive trail (note that operator opening times and booking requirements vary, so please check details before hitting the road).  

You can also check out our other Taste Trails: Bars + BitesBrews + Burgers | Creatives + Curios | Producers + Providores

But for now, read on to discover some Wine + Wonder! These are not your average wineries... Combine your tastings and cheese platters with horse riding, maze-running, chocolate-making, sculptural gardens, gourmet picnics and colonial history.

Insider's Guide to Wine + Wonder

Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Camden Haven

Do as much or as little of the trail as you wish! Our listings are in no particular order, so pick your spots of interest, plan your itinerary and hit the road.


Stop 1 on the map, Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard, is only a 5 minute drive from Port's CBD. It's a fascinating look back on our heritage, being one of Australia's first vineyards est. 1862! Free tours (including the museum) and tastings with a bunch of enthusiastic local volunteers who are dedicated to keeping this living part of our history thriving. Open Wednesdays & Saturdays only.

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Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard

Welcome to a unique experience within Australia! A heritage museum and working vineyard run totally by volunteers. Drop in through the stately bamboo. Enjoy a ...

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PLUS...If you head west for another 10 minutes, you'll find the incredible Billabong Zoo. This family-owned zoo is a surprise package, with over 80 species, many rare and endangered, and a Koala Breeding facility. A must visit for the whole family!

Fancy French-inspired dining among the vines? No need to go overseas! Just a short 10-15 minute drive from the centre of Port you'll find stop 2, Little Fish. A popular spot for weddings, this romantic and oh-so-pretty cafe/restaurant/vineyard is open Wed-Sun for lunch (wine tastings available with lunch only). Bookings required.

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Little Fish Café Restaurant and Vineyard

The Little Fish Café, Port Macquarie Restaurant and Vineyard, is a special place that overlooks the lush vineyards of the Innes Lake Estates and only seven minu...

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ALSO, while you're out that way, you may want to 'swing' nearby to Port Macquarie Driving Range & Mini Golf, and get your activity levels up!

Stop 3 on the map, Cassegrain Wines is one of Australia's favourite wineries. This beautiful property is just 15 minutes drive from Port Macquarie (just off the Highway). Cassegrain’s Cellar Door provides a unique experience, located right in the middle of a working winery. Open 7 days, until 5pm. Tours and special wine experiences available by appointment. See further down for details of the on-site restaurant and horse riding.

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Cassegrain Wines

Combining traditional French winemaking methods with the latest in Australian technology, Cassegrain Winery is best known for their award winning portfolio of w...

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WHILE YOU'RE AT CASSEGRAIN WINES...Lunch at the award winning Twotriplefour by Bills is a special experience, with a locally sourced, highly seasonal, farm-to-table menu (you must try the mouth watering duck parfait with fig & port jam). Also unique to this place is the offer of truly next level Farmhouse picnic hampers (pre-order). Be sure to add a bottle of Cassegrain Wine then find a spot by the vines and lake on Cassegrain's spectacular property to enjoy. Open from 10-4, Wed-Sun (with platters available from the Cellar Door on Mon/Tues). Feeling adventurous? Take a ride through the vines with Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre, located on the grounds at Cassegrain. Bookings advisable.

Stop 4 on the map is Bago Maze & Winery, a 35 minute drive south-west of Port's CBD. The road contains a short unsealed section, and after recent floods can be a little bumpy, so take it nice and slow! It's well worth it though, as this is one extraordinary winery! This family-owned vineyard has one of the world's largest hedge mazes, along with a charming cellar door with a Russian-themed chocolate shop. The large timber verandah overlooks the maze and the vines, making it the ideal spot to enjoy a wine tasting, cheese or charcuterie board or a coffee. A great day out the whole family will love. Tip: Book for the maze online before you set off. Open 7 days.

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Bago Maze and Wine

Bago is a third-generation family run farm that celebrates local wine, produce and family adventure. They are a short 30-minute drive into the hinterland from t...

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A MUST-DO while you're at Bago Maze & Winery is Baba Lila's Handmade Chocolates. It's a treasure trove of handmade chocolatey goodness, and is adjacent to the cellar door (closed Fridays). Then take a short detour to the grand and ancient Red Bloodwood tree we call "Old Bottlebutt", located on a beautiful 600 metre loop walking track in the beautiful Burrawan State Forest.

At stop 5 we discover that Art & Wine are a perfect pairing, at Long Point Vineyard and Gallery. Head 25 mins south of Port's CBD along the coastal roads, to the charming Lake Cathie area. Open every day except Mondays. Head to the cellar door where you can taste fine wines, liqueurs and alcoholic ginger beer. The adjacent indoor art gallery is home to regular exhibitions and workshops. You can also try locally produced treats and cheeses on their deck overlooking the property, and wander through the sculpture garden. Bliss! Open Tues-Sun.

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Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery

Long Point Vineyard is renowned for its boutique wines, breathtaking views and friendly staff. Amongst the picturesque vines lies their delightful cellar door a...

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AND FINALLY...Heading back to Port from Lake Cathie, take a ten minute detour past Lighthouse Beach and up to Tacking Point Lighthouse. The views will take your breath away, and it's a great whale watching spot from May to Sept!

That wraps up our Wine + Wonder Taste Trail, and we've got another four Taste Trails waiting for you to discover! Wine lovers will love our Bars + Bites Trail.

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