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10 Reasons Why Autumn Is One Of The Best Seasons25 March 2019 – posted in: Event News, Winery, Restaurant

Autumn has arrived and it is a favourite season for many who enjoy the fun foods, festivities, colourful landscapes, pink sunset, 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. We have been discussing impacts of the weather all year, analysing the sugar levels, reassessing the volumes and then the time arrives to start making wine! There is nothing better than being a part of this process from picking and processing the grapes to enjoying the finished product on a table, knowing you played a part in making it and in so many people’s enjoyment. The Cupitt family celebrate the harvest each year at the Harvest Feast Long Table Lunch, which is a fun day celebrating wine and enjoying the fruits of our labour.

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#2 – Changing Colours

Many people love Autumn for the changing colours of leaves. Trees that were once green explode into beautiful hues of gold, red, and orange. The colors are especially breathtaking if you have the chance to visit the Southern Highlands south of Sydney as it is an autumnal mecca full of English-style gardens and a splendorous lookout at the top of Mount Gibraltar.  Ninety or so minutes from Sydney and from Ulladulla, the Southern Highlands features deciduous red oaks, golden elms, plane trees and copper beech. Hit up the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens in Bowral for more shining orange and yellow.

#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 grown 100’s of butternut pumpkins. We love seeing what creative dishes the chefs have come up with each Autumn!

#4 – Cooler Weather

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.

#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 – Learn All About Wine Making

As mentioned before, Autumn is vintage time at Cupitt’s and this is is the perfect time to take a Tour and Taste Experience as it’s a super busy and exciting time in a winery.

You can see the grapes fermenting away and talk in depth about the many things going on behind the scenes.

Unlike beer production; winemaking happens for one period in the year ‘vintage’ so visiting Cupitt’s at this time is a sensory experience. The best bit, Autumn is also a great time for wine tasting and you will do that as well!

#8 – Public Holidays

Autumn is chock full of public holidays, this year ANZAC Day falls soon after the Easter Long Weekend, which means taking 3 days of annual leave, can provide a whopping ten-day break from work! 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

Narooma Oyster Festival – A little further south from Cupitt’s at the beautiful town of Narooma. On the 4th of 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. More info

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

#10 – Bountiful Produce

Autumn is one of the best times of 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. The chefs have a little breathing space after the busy Summer to get back in the garden to create the most wonderful seasonal dishes. Book a table here and don’t forget to opt for paired wines for the full food and wine experience Cupitt’s can offer.

At Cupitt’s near Ulladulla, on the South Coast of NSW, there’s always something happening and we are glad to be able to bring you the latest news here:

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