10 Reasons Why Autumn Is One Of The Best Seasons24 February 2020 – posted in: Event News, Winery, Restaurant, Rosie's Tips, Uncategorized

Autumn has arrived and it is a favourite season for many who enjoy the fun foods, festivities, colourful landscapes, pink sunsets, perfect sea temperatures and making wine! Here are 10 reasons why Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit the NSW South Coast, and why there’s so much to be happy about at this time of year.

#1 – It’s Vintage Time

It is a very busy time for the farmers and vintage team – a moment we have been anticipating all year where we reconnect with the product in its most raw form. This year NSW has been blanketed in smoke from bushfires. After sending our grapes to the Wine Insititute for testing and conducting micro ferments in our own laboratory we have made the difficult decision to not produce wine from NSW grapes this year.  From our contacts, we have been able to source fruit from growers in Victoria and South Australia, so there will be vintage at Cupitt’s, albeit a smaller one than normal.  It is always a good time to do a Tour and Taste Experience during vintage so you can take a peek at the fermentations and learn about the winemaking process.

#2 – Harvest Feast Long Lunch

Each year the Cupitt family celebrate the harvest at the Harvest Feast Long Table Lunch, which is a fun day celebrating wine and enjoying the fruits of our labour.

This year the Feast will take an indigenous focus with our Chefs collaborating with Yuin Nation Indigenous elder and custodian of traditional Indigenous customs and culture of the Budawang people Noel and Trish Butler. Come along for a rare opportunity to experience a four-course lunch highlighting local native ingredients and native cooking methods that have sustained, healed and helped the Yuin people for tens of thousands of years. The feast will be paired with premium wines produced at Cupitt’s Estate.

Enjoy a cocktail on arrival made with native ingredients, as you gather around one of three fire pits eating Appellation Oysters cooked on the ashes of the campfire.

Progress into the dining room for a shared feasting menu, start with Cupitt Fromagerie Cheese, Macadamia and Warrigal Green Pistou and Steamed Mussels with Aniseed Myrtle. Then feast on Ash Roasted Whole Snapper, and Seared Kangaroo filet, marinated with Wattle Seed, Native Pepperberries and Bush Tomato. Finish off the long lunch with three delicious Canapé desserts, all featuring Indigenous ingredients including Bush Cherry, Lemon Myrtle, Pigface and Finger Lime.

Each course is delicately paired with a glass of Cupitt’s Estate wine, handcrafted at our winery onsite and carefully chosen to complement the flavours of each dish.

Tickets are now on sale – click through for more info.

#3 – Pumpkin Everything

If you love pumpkins, then you’re in luck! Pumpkin flavours can be found everywhere in Autumn, particularly at Cupitt’s where we have 100’s of butternut pumpkins in the Kitchen Garden. We love seeing what creative dishes the chefs have come up with each Autumn!

#4 – Cooler Weather & Changing Colours

After the intense heat of the summer, it can be a relief when it finally starts to cool down. March is a great month weather-wise, as warm days start to give way to cool, crisp nights. After months of hiding out in the air conditioning, the beginning of Autumn often ushers in cooler breezes that allow you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and gorgeous beach and bush hikes.

Many people love Autumn for the changing colours of leaves. Trees that were once green explode into beautiful hues of gold, red, and orange.

#5 – Warm Sea Temperature

March and April are months when the sea temperature on the South Coast is at its warmest. Visitors are always surprised that the average sea temperatures are 22-23 degrees!

Why not start the Shoalhaven 100 Beach Challenge and see how many of the extremely beautiful beaches you can swim enjoy before Winter arrives?

#6 – Phenomenal Sunsets

Autumn sunsets are more vivid than any other time in the year. As the days grow shorter, the skies at sunset glow with the most spectacular hues, blooming with pinks, reds and oranges.

This is because blue light has a short wavelength, so it gets scattered easiest by air molecules. Longer wavelength lights — reds and oranges — are not scattered as much by air molecules.

This allows us to see more pronounced colours of red, orange, yellow or even pink. It is a great time to visit Cupitt’s for a sunset drink and capture evening skies in glorious palettes of autumn colours.

#7 – Support South Coast Businesses #LoveNSW

There are several campaigns operating to help regional business cope with the financial implications of the bushfires. This includes #RejuvenateShoalhaven,  Now’s The Time To #LoveNSW and #holidayherethisyear for Tourism Australia.

Visit fire-affected towns, bring your #emptyesky and use these hashtags on social media to share the beauty of our region with the world to remind everyone we’re open for business!

#8 – School Holidays

Autumn is chock full of public holidays with Easter plus school holidays. Canberrans are particularly lucky with two extra public holidays than the rest of the country. The team at Cupitt’s have your Easter plans sorted, check here for details on what is happening at Cupitt’s this Easter.

#9 – South Coast Festivals & Events


Husky Long Course Triathlon February 28–March 1
Rotary International, Ulladulla March 6-8
Milton Show  March 6-7
ACT Brumbies South Coast 7s March 7-8
Terra Nova 24 Adventure Race March 14-15

Ulladulla Blessing of Fleet – Our local Easter festival. There are a myriad of colourful and exciting events held throughout the festival over the Easter weekend and beyond, including the Milton Ulladulla Ex Servo Club Blessing of the Fleet Parade and an afternoon of entertainment on Easter Sunday including the Scottish Tattoo and the infamous greasy pole challenge.

The most significant element is the actual blessing of Ulladulla’s fishing fleet. The festivities will conclude with a magnificent fireworks display over Ulladulla Harbour on Easter Sunday. More info

Phoenix Festival – As part of the area’s long road to recovery the Rotary Club of Milton-Ulladulla is organising the Phoenix Festival which will run from the first concert on April 11, through the school holidays ending Saturday, April 25.

The first event of the Phoenix Festival will be the first concert to be held in the new auditorium at the Dunn Lewis Centre, Ulladulla.

‘The Rise of the Phoenix’ – Big Day In – will run from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, April 11. It is free of charge.

Bands, solo artists plus a myriad of other local performers will take the stage including Golden Guitar winner Matt Scullion, Chalkie White, Mojo Electric, Bosco Bosanac – Johnny Cash Tribute, David Cazalet as Elvis, Rockin Russ, Keen 4 Whatever (with Leone Rogers), Jimmy and the Fishheads, Tim Thomson, Gary Yates & Sophie Nowlan, The Milton Town Band, Ben Heggie & Lygiah Fowler and The Brags.


Narooma Oyster Festival – A little further south from Cupitt’s at the beautiful town of Narooma. On the 2nd May you will be sure to enjoy a huge range of foods for the whole family, combining a cosmopolitan food experience with excellent music & family entertainment. Be sure to come and say hi at the Cupitt Stall. More info

Meet the Producer Dinner at The Inlet Restaurant, Narooma on Friday 1st May 5.30 pm, hosted by Southbound Escapes. Come and meet some of the regions most well-regarded producers including Rosie Cupitt from Cupitt’s Estate, Wagonga Oysters from Narooma, North of Eden Gin from the Bega Valley, Rusty Fig Winery from near Coolagalite near Cobargo and Bodalla Diary in Bodalla.

Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner in the relaxed atmosphere of The Inlet Restaurant overlooking the stunning Wagonga Inlet. Hear from the producers themselves whilst enjoying their delicious produce. Book your ticket here.

#10 – Bountiful Produce

Autumn is one of the best times of the year for desserts. At Cupitt’s it is time to use some of our favourite fruits – figs, quince, persimmon, apples and plums. There is no better time to visit to enjoy the Autumn menu. Book a table here and don’t forget to opt for paired wines for the full food and wine experience Cupitt’s can offer.