Jimmy Barnes, Mahalia Barnes, Kasey Chambers and Ross Wilson concert

February 28th, 2009 No comments

The NSW Southern Highlands just keep on hosting fantastic outdoor music events. 

Barely two months into the year and already we have had the legendary  Leonard Cohen, Australia’s poetic Paul Kelly, The Triffids, the amazing Alicia Keys, Lowrider, and teenage sensation Jordin Sparks appearing in “a day on the green” concerts at Centennial Vineyards . Plus other wineries got in on the act with events such as Music in the Vines at Joadja Vineyards in Berrima.

Jimmy Barnes at full volume

Jimmy Barnes at full volume

And now we go back to Bowral for Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, Ross Wilson and Mahalia Barnes in a high-powered night at Centennial Vineyards on Saturday 21st March.  Jimmy has just returned from a six week tour of Europe to support his new album “Out In The Blue” and is running hot.

With brilliant Australian rock musos Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, Ross Wilson and Mahalia Barnes all on the same bill, this will be a night to remember!

The concert may be sold out by now, but you can check to see if tickets are still available on this link: TicketMaster

Australia Day Concert – at Joadja

December 30th, 2008 No comments

Hoping to see  Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly and The Triffids in their Bowral concert but Sunday Feb 1st is too hard?  

Bob McInnes live

Bob McInnes live

Joadja Vineyards & Winery has come to the rescue with their Music in the Vines event – on Sunday January 25th of the Australia Day long weekend.

 And Music in the Vines is free as well as convenient, so even if you are going to other Southern Highlands winery music events it may be worth checking out Joadja. You could always drop in to  Centennial Vineyards  at Bowral on your way and work out your parking strategy..

In keeping with Australia Day, the Joadja Music in the Vines event features Australian Folk Music, with a bit of Bluegrass, from local group The Songcatchers. The Songcatchers include John Hall and Aussie folk veteran Bob McInnes.

Fresh food, and of course wonderful cool-climate wines, will be available. What sort of food goes well with cool-climate wines? Any food! But check out the Joadja menu:-)

  • Hot wokked king prawns
  • Stuffed zuccinni flowers
  • Caramalised onion and goats cheese tartlets
  • Prosciutto rolls filled with marroccan eggplant chutney, ricotta and rocket
  • Sweet potato rostis with sour cream and smoked salmon
  • Asian duck tartlets
  • Smoked trout with lime aioli and dill cups
  • Pumpkin soup shots
  • Stuffed mushrooms with bacon tapenade
  • BBQ lamb satays with lime yoghurt dip
  • Sweet chilli prawn cakes
  • Fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto 

More details and an RSVP form can be found at www.joadjawinery.com.au – just click on “Music in the Vines”.

would you like a Chardonnay with that? – Sutton Forest Estate Wines

December 20th, 2008 No comments

Fine wine and Big Macs don’t have much in common. But just imagine if you could sit in quiet, civilised surroundings, sipping on a top-notch wine, accompanied by cheese and antipasto – while the kids enjoy their burgers, fries and shakes.

have a happy meal at the vineyard

Imagine if you could pick up at the drive-thru then set down at a winery cellar door almost under the golden arches.

This parental dream sounds way too good to be true.

What if it was at the busiest McDonalds outlet in Australia?

fine wine

wine & cheese

Unbelievably, this dream does exist, right now, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Everyone who travels the Hume Highway south from Sydney knows that halfway to Canberra they pass the Sutton Forest service center, Roadhouse and McDonalds. And for those with children it is a traditional food stop on the way to or from Canberra, the snow, or any other southern destination. So popular in fact, that Sutton Forest is the busiest McDonalds in Australia.

What very few travelers realise is that as you pull out of the Sutton Forest McDonalds you can pull into the Sutton Forest Estate Winery. The secret is to ignore the “local residents only” sign on the access road and just drive into the vineyard. There you can park without getting monstered by coaches and trucks, sit under the trees or inside the cellar door, and try some truly excellent wines.

exit McDonalds and turn in here!

exit McDonalds and turn in here!

The Lo Russo family who run Sutton Forest Estate Wines have been there for nearly 30 years, and in 2002 they turned to their Italian heritage and planted a range of grape vines including Pinot Noir and SanGiovese varieties. These vines are now producing premium cool-climate wines, which you can taste on your Sutton Forest travel stop, and then take a bottle or two of your favorites home with you.

And, if you are touring the southern portion of the Southern Highlands Wine Trail, Sutton Forest Estate Wines is easy to find – just look for the golden arches!

Alicia Keys concert at Bowral in the Southern Highlands on December 14

December 2nd, 2008 No comments

The multi-talented Alicia Keys is appearing live in “a day on the green” concert at Centennial Vineyards on Sunday 14th December 2008. Tickets are still available at TicketMaster!

Alicia Keys at Centennial Vineyards in the Southern Highlands

Alicia Keys at Centennial Vineyards in the Southern Highlands

 Alicia will be supported by the smooth Hip Hop and Soul fusion of Lowrider, followed by the sensational teenage American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

Alicia Keys is one of the all-time great R&B singer-song writers, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide since her 2001 debut. Her latest album, As I Am, is Alicia’s most popular release to date in Australia.  An engaging performer, Alicia Keys is also a talented piano and cello player, as well being actor in a number of TV shows and several recent movies, appearing alongside such well known stars as Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Hudson.

The theme song for the current James Bond movie “A Quantum of Solace” is a duet recorded by Alicia Keys and Jack White (of The White Stripes fame).

And now Alicia is appearing live at a beautiful Southern Highlands Winery just an hour or so from Sydney! To book your Alicia Keys tickets before they are sold out click here: TicketMaster

Leonard Cohen in the Southern Highlands on February 1st

November 20th, 2008 No comments

In his first tour of Australia in 24 years, Leonard Cohen will play “a day on the green” concert at Centennial Vineyards in Bowral on Sunday 1st February 2009.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

Leonard will be supported by The Triffids and Friends, and eight-time ARIA Award winner: the great Paul Kelly.

To book your Leonard Cohen tickets before they are sold out click here: TicketMaster 

Leonard is an iconic musician and poet who has written such magnificent songs as Hallelujah, Bird On a Wire, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne, First We Take Manhattan, Everybody Knows, and many others.

A hypnotic performer, Leonard Cohen has received rave reviews right across Europe, the UK and Canada. And now he is appearing live at a beautiful Southern Highlands Winery!

music in the vineyard

music in the vineyard

This is a once in a lifetime concert -Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, The Triffids all on one bill – book your tickets with TicketMaster before they are gone!

Here is a testimonial from the future King of England:


“I tell you who I also think is wonderful is a chap called Leonard Cohen. Do you know him? He’s remarkable. I mean, the orchestration is fantastic and the words, the lyrics and everything, he’s a remarkable man.”

– Prince Charles