Food and Wine in Celtic Country
Why we’re noted for wine, beef and lamb
Glen Innes Celtic Country is traditionally a high rainfall area and that combined with a cool climate, soils and temperate pastures means we’re noted for our distinctive wines, fine wool, lamb and beef production. By 2007, there were almost 50 vineyards and wineries from Tamworth to the Queensland border with the Wright family of Glencoe, 20km south of Glen Innes, among the pioneers. Scott and Julie Wright launched their vineyard and winery following extensive national research and chose the Glen Innes district after establishing the temperature regime closely equated with France’s Bordeaux and Cognac. Their Wright Robertson Winery has won awards for organic wines produced from dry land farming on 4ha. The range includes Syrah, a medium bodied European-style red, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, New England Dry Red. Grapes are processed from almost a dozen other New England growers.
The wines are distributed regionally and in Glen Innes bottle shops, hotels and restaurants.
Topper’s Mountain Wines
Cellar Door by Appointment Only
Phone: 0411 880 580, Fax: 02 8209 4994
Try these superb products
If you love beef, lamb and pork, don’t leave Celtic Country without savouring the superb New England products from our three butchers Campbells, Hoopers and Bruce Family Butchery. Each has their own specialty: Campbells, in Grey Street, personally purchased grass-fed yearlings; Hoopers, southern end of New England Highway, their own hams smoked on the premises; Bruce Family Butchery, Grey Street, easily prepared meals such as beef & chicken kebabs, chicken pinwheels, marinated pork spareribs.
Glen Innes’ bakeries take pride in their creativity, providing a wide range of breads, pastries and other foods. In Grey Street, the Glen Pie Shop’s specialities include:
- Pies – lamb & rosemary
- Varieties of pasties – cornish, cheese & asparagus
- Gourmet breads – tiger bread, sourdough, cheese & bacon pull apart, sundried tomato & olive
Smeatons in Bourke Street, has been in business for almost 70 years and uses the original recipe for pies and sausage rolls. Its specialty breads include sourdough, soughdour rye, spelt and grain, gluten-free and wheat-intolerant varieties; Smeatons also has a salad bar and quiches.
The Super Strawberry, on Glen Innes’s southern outskirts, produces and sells strawberries, strawberries and cream, jams, sauces, milk shakes, Byron Bay coffee, Guyra tomatoes, locally-produced potatoes and eggs, as well as giftware.
Free range eggs are produced under the River Gum and Sarah Downs labels, are available in Glen Innes as well as extensively elsewhere in NSW and Queensland.
Regional olives and olive oils are sold at the Visitor Information Centre and other outlets.