Born of passion
Family, wine, food, history. Cupitt’s Winery was born of passion and the Cupitt family remains dedicated to providing the best wine and food experience on the NSW South Coast.
Rosie and Griff Cupitt bought 193-acre Washburton Farm in 2003, with an eye to running a small cattle farm. Rosie, a trained horticulturalist had built on her love of gardens by beginning a degree in viticulture, and then moving into viticulture and wine-making. She decided she’d like a small vineyard and winery. The couple decided that they would both follow their passions at Washburton Farm, and Cupitt’s Winery was born. Today, the vineyard grows Semillon, Sauvignon and Verdelho grapes, while the farm specialises in Black Angus Cattle, and the herbs and vegetables used in Cupitt’s Kitchen.
The restaurant began as a small addition to help introduce their wines to people, however with a focus on local food and the culinary talents of Head Chef Russell Chinn the popularity of the restaurant has exceeded expectations. A visit to Cupitt’s Kitchen has become one of the must do options for foodies when visiting the regions.
Rosie and Griff’s passion for food and wine was passed down to their sons, Wally and Tom Cupitt, who now make the wine. Libby Cupitt, formally a town planner, joined the team with Tom and is the restaurant manager and events coordinator.
Today, Cupitt’s Winery regularly wins awards for both its hand-crafted wines and the fresh, innovative food served at Cupitt’s Kitchen. Visit to taste award-winning wines, learn about the winemaking process, enjoy a special dining experience, sample local produce, and take in the extraordinary country views.
An award-winning restaurant offering provincial dining using fresh local produce.
The Cellar Door
Wine tastings and sales in the 19th century stone creamery, open from 10am–5pm, Wednesday to Sunday (extended hours in January).
The Micro Brewery
All our beers are single batch and brewed in a small 3hl brewhouse on the property. Our beers are unpasteurized and unfiltered and quite hop forward. Our processes are simple but aim to retain as much flavour as possible.
Lead by Rosie Cupitt who has an affinity for great cheese, The Cupitt’s Fromagerie makes a range of boutique cheeses. These are available for purchase from the cellar door or can be enjoyed on a cheese platter.
Boutique accommodation for couples, friends and families, with stunning views over the vineyard and an original stone fireplace.
58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla NSW 2539
Phone (02) 4455 7888
How to find us by car
- When Travelling South along the Princes Highway…
- After the lights at Milton, take the first right into Slaughterhouse Road. After 3km take a right onto Washburton Road.
- When Travelling North along the Princes Highway…
- Take the first left after lights in Ulladulla onto Green Street. After 3km take a left onto Washburton Road.
Rosie is the Chief Winemaker, Restaurateur and Fromagère. A qualified horticulturalist, she can often be found in the kitchen garden planting exciting varieties for the restaurant. She is also the Founder and President of Slow Food Shoalhaven.
Griff has been farming his whole life; his knowledge of the land and livestock is formidable. When not out on the farm with his cattle or in the vineyard, he can be found in the Cellar Door where he proudly takes you through the collection of wines made by his wife and sons.
Wally is a Winemaker, Vineyard Manager and Brewer at Cupitt’s. His thirst for knowledge on how to master all things alcohol-related is unquenchable. As a certified hophead, he is determined to get everyone drinking more full-flavoured beer.
General Manager and enthusiast of real ales, wines and good times. Previously a civil engineer in London, using his free time to ‘research’ craft beer in English pubs and explore European wine regions. Tom’s mates think he’s landed on his feet; he tends to agree.
Previously a Town Planner, Libby Cupitt never dreamed she could make a career out of food and drink, two of her very favourite things. After travelling and living in Europe discovering new cuisines and wines, she is now a permanent fixture in The Vineyard Restaurant.
Head Chef at Cupitt’s Kitchen since 2010. Classically trained in French cooking, Russell has worked at top UK restaurants, including The Waterside Inn (3 Michelin Stars) under Michel Roux, and The Greenhouse. His style is ‘elegantly rustic’ with fresh, local and seasonal produce.
We’re fortunate enough to have some lovely things written about our winery. Here is a sampling of the latest reviews.
Great food, great wine, and stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and countryside – Cupitt’s Kitchen excels in the simple pleasures.