When it comes to wine produced in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains isn’t the first place that comes to mind. However, Dryridge Estate is working to change this, producing beautiful wines from a secluded spot in Megalong Valley.
Five hectares of vines await those who venture through the mountains, making their way down Aspinall Road to find a wine-themed reward. Once within the property, you’ll find a Cellar Door, where you can taste and try Dryridge’s offering.
Simon Doyle and Emma MacMahon produce riesling, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo, chardonnay and pinot gris in conditions that match the moniker perfectly. The area doesn’t receive much rain and the wines can be quite dry in taste, making for unique and varied drops that represent the terroir perfectly.
Simon’s farming background in New Zealand and business experience meant he was well equipped to run the estate and promote the winery’s fantastic offering. Similarly, Emma’s experience in event management set her up perfectly to run the Cellar Door, creating a destination where people could visit and appreciate what the region has to offer. Head Winemaker, William Rikard-Bell joins the team with a number of years experience in the viticulture industry behind him, providing small-scale, contract winemaking services to Simon and Emma, making fantastic cool-climate wines.
As you arrive, Emma will most likely welcome you into the venue and inside the Cellar Door; head inside to sample the full range of wines. The flagship drop is the 2016 Isabelle Riesling. Made in a classic Alsatian style, this wine displays notes of white peaches, tinned mandarin, apricots and cut grass. It’s clean and fresh on the palate, acidic, yet retaining notes of spring blossoms and white stone fruits. It pairs beautifully with oysters and raw fish dishes such as kingfish ceviche.
You can enjoy a bottle of your favourite drop within the Wine Pavilion, where views of the valley will captivate your attention. In the afternoon, the sun sets over the Great Dividing Range and transforms the colour of the sandstone cliffs with orange and yellow hues.
These stunning views make the Pavilion the perfect spot for a wedding or special function. Exchange vows in the gardens or vineyard before celebrating in the clear marquee that takes full advantage of its position, with stunning views of the property.
For a daytrip that won’t require too many hours in the car, turn to Dryridge Estate. The unique winery offers beautiful wines in one of the region’s most picturesque locations. What else could you ask for?