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Visiting Centennial Vineyards

Centennial Vineyards are a combined winery and restaurant based in the picturesque rural town of  Bowral, in the New South Wales Southern Highlands.

The restaurant at Centennial Vineyards offer outstanding quality foods that include fresh local produce, sourced from the Southern Highlands. Lunch is available from 11:30am onwards from Thursday to Monday and morning high tea is on offer from 10am to midday on Thursday to Monday.

The Lunch menu changes seasonally. Two current examples of main meals are

Aged ribeyed steak, potato gratin, chargrilled vegetables and chimicurri sauce

Dukkah crusted barramundi, vegetable pearl cous cous, harissa

The Cellar Door at Centennial Vineyards is open for wine tasting from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

You can enjoy a selection of 10 wines from an extensive tasting list.

The wines available at Centennial Vineyards include a variety of red, white, sparkling, rose, dessert and museum wines.

The grapes at Centennial Vineyard are grown in a cold climate, much lower temperatures than most other Australian wine regions. Cold climates results in much slower and more evenly ripening than in warm regions. The result is a grape product that is both more balanced and more aromatic.

Other advantages of growing grapes in a cool climate are that the wines are fruitier and more delicate, and the natural acidity is higher which gives the wine more crispiness and the products tend to age greater.

Centennial Vineyards have two working vineyards, one vineyard in Bowral, and another in Orange, named Bridge Creek.

The vineyard in Bowral is located 760m in altitude, and the colder climates of the Southern Highlands influenced by maritime weather patterns are ideal for the growth of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, Riesling, Pinot Noir (4 clones), Pinot Meunier and Tempranillo.

The average temperatures at the Bridge Creek Vineyard in Orange are somewhat warmer than those of Bowral, and the exact location of the vineyard gives it good afternoon sun exposure. At this vineyard, grown are plantings of high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the exceedingly rare Mencia, Rondinella & Corvina, and Pinot Noir (Abel clone), Shiraz and Viognier, all of which are grown best in a warmer climate. As of 2020, this vineyard is also in the process of gaining Organic Certification.

Centennial Vineyards Bowral, in collaboration with the Bowral Bookshop and BDCU, operate the Supper Club, where literary events are held at the Vineyard that members of the Supper Club can attend, and must be booked in advance. In early 2020, the Supper Club held speaking events featuring authors Jean Kittison and Alexandra Joel.

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