Dryridge Estate… a Locals’ Secret

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By Ellen Hill

Sipping wine grown in 17-million-year-old volcanic soils and nibbling share platters of finger food while vineyard dogs Angus and George gambol around.

A weekend afternoon visit to Dryridge Estate is an ideal way to experience our locals’ secret hideaway, Megalong Valley, this Summer.

For those in the know, the Megalong Valley is a special place. It’s where parents have taken children for generations for picnics, horse riding, and swimming in the clear waters of Megalong Creek.

Settled by Europeans in 1838, the Megalong is at the centre of Sydney’s water catchment and next to the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park.

An important Indigenous pathway linking paths with the Hunter Valley and others to the western tablelands, Megalong is thought to have meant “Valley under the rock” in Gundungurra language.

Meanwhile, your alfresco table on the Dryridge Estate terrace is just 20 minutes by car from Blackheath (and two hours from Sydney) and has an uninterrupted view of the glowing Blue Mountains escarpment.

When you visit on a Saturday or Sunday you can settle in for a lazy afternoon picking at abundant plates of cured meats, focaccia and locally made cheese (including vegan options), carefully paired with the Dryridge seven vintages.

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226 Aspinall Road, Megalong Valley
Visit dryridge.com.au

 

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