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                                    The Bartons, who live in Exeter, made the tree change from Sydney eight years ago, and saw an opportunity when the long established Grape Escape came onto the market last year.
‘We are both foodies and share a love of wine, and felt we could bring something new to the wine tour experience,’ says Mira Barton, who formerly worked in banking and finance.
Scott Barton, an electrician by trade, says The Grape Escape can cater for groups of up to 20 people. Tours are from 10am to 4pm
or 6pm and on average visit up to four cellar doors, each chosen
by their guests. Champagne tours and grape stomping can be incorporated: ‘At the cellar doors the winemakers will spend around an hour explaining their different wines and the making process, so you can truly understand the fruit in their bottles. Or if beer is more the
customer’s thing, we can organise visits to Southern Highlands Brewing Company Taphouse or Eden Brewery.’
Customers are consulted in the planning stages about where they would like to lunch, and while most choose a cellar
door restaurant such
as Bendooley or Sutton Forest Estate Wines, other visited venues include Josh’s at Berrima and Southern Highlands Brewing Company’s Taphouse & Restaurant in Moss Vale.
‘We are also in discussion at the moment with other restaurants, such as Birch in Moss Vale. Our focus is taking our clients to the wineries they want to visit for a day they will love and remember.’
Kenny Escapes Food, Wine & Experiences offers the Southern Highlands Wine Tasting Day for up to 20 people. The all day tour departs from Bowral, visits three wineries and includes a two course lunch and glass of wine at a local restaurant or winery, plus cheese and local produce tastings.
Meanwhile Jason Humble, owner of Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars, is set to enter this space after recently purchasing A Grand Day Out, which offers tours such as Secret Gourmet Villages, High Tea and Vines and the Best of the Bunch, for two to 30 people.
Mark Bourne, winemaker and president Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association, says the Highlands’ reputation as a premium wine region continues to grow: ‘Our established vineyards are recognised both internationally and nationally, with particular focus on the traditional cool climate styles such as sparkling wines, riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris and pinot noir.’ Cheers to that!;;; E
Proud winner of Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 'Best Tasting Experience', Southern Highlands
 With an ambience of rustic Australian elegance, the Artemis Cellar Door is the perfect environment to enjoy a tasting of premium cool climate wines, Sunshack ciders, Beemead and beer.
Everyone is welcome at our Cellar Door, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about wine, just sit back and enjoy personalised service from our friendly cellar door staff. We are passionate about wine and look forward to sharing our knowledge with you.
46 Sir Charles Moses Lane, Mittagong 2575
5 minutes from Mittagong - 8 minutes from Bowral
P: 0401 199 075
Expect a warm Winter at Artemis...

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