Surveyors Hill Wine, Food, B&B
We offer fine wine, excellent food, and accommodation with character.
Two of our wines were placed in the 2010 Halliday/Sydney Daily Telegraph TOP 100 NSW Wine List, and we received 3 medal Awards at the 2010 Canberra Regional Wine Show. At the recent 2011 Canberra Regional Wine Show we won 2 Bronze medals out of 4 wines entered, including a high bronze for our sparkling (1/2 point off Silver!)
We are just 25 minutes from the heart of Canberra in the scenic 'Hills of Hall' sub-district of the Canberra wine area. We offer 360 degree views of the beautiful Murrumbidgee Valley including to our west the blue line of the Brindabella Ranges.
About the Hill and the Vineyards
Surveyor's Hill is the remains of an ancient volcano more than 360 million years old, rising to 736 metres above sea level.
First established in the mid-1980s, our vineyards are among the older plantings in the district and grow at the foot of the hill between 550 and 585 metres. Soils are free-draining and derived from weathered porphyritic rocks.
Our Food Under The Sun
We live in a part of Australia where a dedication to regional produce means the ability to draw on large and increasingly successful local farmer's markets every week, to source seafood from the cold waters of the NSW South Coast, and to utilise the produce of our own and neighbouring farms.
Surveyor’s Hill wines will therefore be matched with dishes incorporating our own olives and their oil, free-range eggs and seasonal fruit, as well as the organic seasonal vegetables of our neighbours at Gleann na Meala, creating a strong seasonal and low-mileage cuisine.
In our new dining space, Pomegranate Bistrot, we will offer lunch on weekends and public holidays, and evening meals for our residential guests and - by reservation - to anyone seeking flavourful dining in a vineyard setting.
We have built a solar-efficient dining room of striking contemporary architectural style and beauty; framed through its southern windows by the amphitheatre of ancient, brooding, volcanic Surveyor's Hill, once a scene of geological violence in an ancient sea. To the West the Brindabella Hills fold into a blue curtain. Between lie our vineyards, rising to 630 metres, and ever-changing through the seasons as the landscape greens and browns.
We cook from a background based on an appreciation of the immense variety and quality of Australian ingredients, and recognition of our great good fortune as a nation to have received the culinary wisdom and insights of so many immigrant peoples. Our food will reflect a love of the foods we can source freshly and regionally, overlain with a passion for the flavours and techniques of the lands roughly grouped as "Southern Mediterranean".
We will not mimic those cuisines, but try to bring their flavours to enhance the finest ingredients we can source. In particular, because of our own experiences and memories of the places where we have travelled and eaten, the visitor to the Pomegranate at Surveyor’s Hill will find dishes based as authentically as we can manage on Apulia and Basilicata, Spain, Portugal, and the sun-drenched regions of Southern France.
Please note we welcome group tastings by appointment only, and we make no charge for tastings. However, we limit group tastings to the period between 10am and 12 noon, or after 3pm, unless the group is also taking lunch with us. Special group lunch menus are available, please discuss the menu when making your booking.
Stay at Surveyor's Hill
Surveyor's Hill Vineyards offers accommodation with a difference, suitable for families and small groups, as well as individuals. We allow for all catering options ranging from self-catering over bed & breakfast to a fully catered for stay with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please contact us for availablility and current rates.