Visiting a Winery During Dry July

Suffering from the winter blues and wanting to get out of Sydney for the day, a group of us decided mid week to book a restaurant out of town for a long Sunday lunch, this task being delegated to me.  I chose The Vineyard Kitchen at Cupitt’s Winery, located between Milton and Ulladulla on the South Coast.

It dawned on me a few hours after making the reservation that the restaurant  I had just booked is situated in a vineyard and I am in the midst of Dry July to raise money for adult cancer research. No pulling out now since my friends were already confirmed and excited about Cupitt’s. This restaurant is part of the slow food movement so not only was I not drinking in a vineyard but it was going to be a slow afternoon of dining and wining on water (torture)!

Cupitt’s Winery and restaurant with its rustic stone buildings, is set in the most gorgeous of country settings with views of the vineyards, the rolling hills of Bundawang Ranges and Burrill Lake. The Winery includes a restaurant, cellar door (set in an old stone creamery) and boutique accommodation.

Our table was near the roaring fire, so we were instantly cosy and warm and ready to eat. Some of the highlights we enjoyed were black pudding, potato pancakes with smoked salmon & beetroot relish (new dish launched today), dory fillets with pasta in a curry (Nage) sauce, barrumundi with jerusalem artichoke, crumbled rhubarb & pink lady apples for 2, lemon meringue, cheese (Italian) platter, local Cupitt’s wine (not me) and a great coffee to finish and to give me the energy as designated driver to get us 2 ½ hrs home.

Already thinking about coming back in August when my Dry July campaign is over to visit the winery and the underground winemaking and barrel cave with vat tastings by appointment.

In September, Cupitt’s is having a Wood Fired Oven Workshop where you can learn to make an outdoor wood fire oven. Course is $200 over 2 days. For details email:

Cupitt’s Winery is located at 60 Washburton Rd, Ulladulla and is 5 mins from Milton, Ulladulla and Mollymook.


Cupitt’s is part of the slow food movement, they want us city slickers to slow down and enjoy our food, so relax and set aside several hours of good food and company.

Wines are excellent, try local Cupitt’s wines (not that I would know!)


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I think I’m going to go there for my birthday. Love the small room to the side with the fireplace

Lucky you!

Cupitts Winery & Restaurant has just been named as a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards for Restaurants and Catering. Good Luck Cupitts!

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