Sutton Forest Estate Wines
A real gem on the Hume Highway.
This Winery and Cafe is a great find and the only real alternative to roadhouses and quick service restaurants on the left hand side of the highway. Helpfully, it is also midway between Canberra and Sydney. (On the right hand side, almost opposite, Sutton Forest Estate Wines, is Eling Forrest Winery, also good for a stop when heading back from Sydney on the other side of the highway. However, it gets much busier than Sutton Forrest winery and it can be worth crossing over the overpass for quicker service and a quieter spot.
Sutton Forest Estate Wines can be a bit tricky to find the first time. Head up to McDonald’s but drive past the drive through entrance and keep going, almost as if you are getting back on to the Hume highway, but take the last exit on the left down a small road. There are usually signs out to indicate the right way to go.
The turn off to the winery from McDonalds Heading back the other way to get back on to the highway
Sutton Forrest Estate winery and cafe is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 9-5pm (sometimes a bit earlier).
Nic and his wife Santina are lovely, They make great coffee and wonderful focaccias with Santina’s home roasted vegetables, and salami or ham.
They also have Alpine gelato, torte delle nonna, jam tart (homemade) , minestrone soup and a wonderful looking antipasti platter for two or more ($19) which I’m told comes with plenty of bread and would be great with a bottle of their own wine ($20-$27 per bottle, also available by the glass). (I suspect a platter for two could be enough for more than two.)
Torte della nonna $9
While you’re waiting for Santina to cook your focaccia, you can taste some of the wines on offer.
On sunny days it’s nice to sit outside and the view of the vineyards is terrific.
On cold or rainy days the open fire inside is gorgeous.
For me, no trip to Sydney is complete without a stop here.