Where to stay
Abode Murrumbateman is a stylish hotel situated in the heart of Murrumbateman Village Centre. The modern design includes 50 studio rooms as well as a communal kitchen and guest lounge. Abode has flexible options for families (even the hairy members of the family can be invited to stay in pet-friendly rooms).
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the shared kitchen, then hire the Abode bikes for touring at the pace of your choosing. Visit one or more of the local cool climate wineries – you’ve got quite a few to choose from within a 10km radius.
On your bike
Just under 4km away from your hotel, you’ll find the stunning Shaw Wines. Their recently redesigned cellar door makes an imposing impression overlooking the vineyards. Enjoy a glass of award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon on the outdoor terrace or sit down to a long lunch at Olleyville restaurant. Other than incredible wines, the Shaw cellar door sells locally produced jams, mustards, olive oil and chocolates.
Take a 10-minute ride from the hotel to visit Wimbaliri Wines and Eden Road Wines. The picturesque surrounds of Eden Road will make it difficult for you to leave. Enjoy a wine tasting with an accompanying cheese platter – throw down a picnic blanket to extend your stay. The Eden Road cellar door is normally open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm, while you’ll need to call ahead to arrange a time to drop into Wimbaliri.
A little further up the highway, you’ll find Murrumbateman Winery, where you can enjoy scones or a tasting plate to accompany your favourite bottle.
Pedal along Murrumbateman Road to drop into Clonakilla Wines, Dionysus Winery and Four Winds Vineyard. At Clonakilla, try the revered Shiraz Viognier in the renovated, light-filled space, with views to the vineyards and the Clonakilla windmill.
Other than well-packaged wine tasting experiences, Dionysus offers coffee and homemade light meals.
Or fancy a wood-fired pizza to accompany your wine tasting? Four Winds Vineyard is perfectly set up for a casual lunch or you can build your own platter from the deli fridge.
Other places to check out
For cycling options closer to your temporary abode, ride just over half a kilometre to Win’s Creek Meadery, where you can sit down for some delectable woodfired pizzas and ginger beers. In winter, sample their warm mulled mead. Check out the gift shop for special handmade finds.
You can also visit the local Murrumbateman Farmers Markets on Saturday mornings (check the website for dates), bakeries, cafes and parks, or head to Murrumbateman Country Inn or The Village Café for a meal.
If you’re up for a longer bike ride (just over 12km one way), head to Robyn Rowe Chocolates for divine Belgian delicacies handcrafted using traditional European methods.
Time your cycling visit to coincide with some excellent local events.
The annual community-run Murrumbateman Field Days offer something for the whole family. Held on the third weekend of October, the event features 500 exhibitors, food and wine, wood chopping, live music, farm animals and so much more. It attracts a huge crowd each year.
A roving degustation is what the Murrumbateman Moving Feast is all about. During the October long weekend, many wineries open their doors by offering a main meal and/or dessert matched to one of their wines. Search for perfectly crafted dishes of pork belly, smoked salmon, scallops or the ultimate charcuterie. Then delight in a Botrytis or Cabernet Sauvignon – the quality choices are endless. You’ll find live music and glorious views along the way. It’s a great way to see the area and indulge in the delights of cool climate wine region.