This month in our out of area feature we look at the Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce’s unique, new tourism initiative – Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters.

Encouraging visitors to the Southern Highlands the project is a self-drive journey of nine, select high quality food and wine ‘clusters’ - each mapped into unique culinary experiences and downloadable for visitors via a dedicated website.

The idea is that each cluster area will help visitors to gain authentic local knowledge so they might shop like a local, eat where the locals eat as well as meet local growers and discover some of the Southern Highlands more closely held secrets.

Each cluster identifies the best producers in some of the area’s well-known tourists towns like Bowral, Mittagong and Berrima along with lesser-known locations like Sutton Forrest and Canyonleigh. The cluster maps also identify the best accommodation, dining, shopping and must-do moments using simple icons.

Foodpath pioneer Jill Dyson has teamed up with passionate ‘paddock to plate’ chef and foodie, Brigid Kennedy, to identify the nine clusters with together represent a total of more than 100 regional growers and producers.

Each mapped group offers authentic insight into Southern Highlands lifestyle; sublime produce, historic ambience and gastronomic delights – which the region is renowned for.

“Joadja” was the first food and wine cluster to launch in October 2015 with more clusters being launched throughout 2016.

Joadja’s highlights include Tertini Wines, Bendooley Estate, Joadja Distillery, The Loch, Taste of Alpaca and Feast@McVitty.  

The significant local knowledge behind each clusters takes the guesswork out of local touring so visitors can relax and enjoy in Moss Vale and perhaps linger a bit longer at points of interest.

For more information http://southernhighlandsfoodandwineclusters.com.au