Blickling Estate first planted grapes in 1999 and is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Australia. At almost 950 metres above sea level, growing grapes can prove quite a challenge. This leads to grapes with a slower ripening process but the rewards are unique flavours of crisp, fruity, full flavoursome wines.
The vineyards cover 10 hectares (16,000 vines) of the 3000 hectare property. Their cool climate vineyards produce an impressive selection. Blickling Estate's wines have already been recognised nationally and have won a number of awards to date at leading wine shows.
Visit the Cellar Door at their Visitor Centre on the property known as 'Banalasta' (near historic Bendemeer), an easy drive of 55 kilometres north of Tamworth on the New England Highway. Sample premium wines, stop for a coffee, and peruse the gift shop stocked with the 'Banalasta' eucalyptus and lavender fragranced health and body care range.