Now in its 16th year, Wollombi's Sculpture in the Vineyards is sure to thrive once again in this celebration of arts and culture with Australia's leading sculptors participating. The historic village of Wollombi will come alive, along with three of the valley's boutique vineyards, hosting the contemporary works.
Open 10am-5pm daily, entry is free for this indoor and outdoor exhibition, with the following wineries named:-
Undercliff Winery & Gallery
This vineyard nestles in a tranquil valley only 1.5kms from the Wollombi township with its cellar door constructed of external slab walls and its cathedral ceiling of cedar. Settled as a farm in 1846, the property still retains the original homestead and timber sheds. A Settler's Cottage, set on a hillside overlooking the vineyard and olive grove, provides accommodation for visitors with a full country breakfast hamper.
Located at 152 Yango Creek Road Wollombi, wines produced are hand-crafted from grapes grown on the banks of the fabled Yengo Creek with their bottles of Semillon and Shiraz varieties recognisable by the artistic bird labels.
Stonehurst Cedar Creek Wines
The family homestead and cellar are built of old convict stone and sandstone quarried on the farm whilst the Cedar Creek Cottages, overlooking the vineyard, are built from timber slabs in the style of the early settlers and with respect to Wollombi's history. Making for a beautiful stay, one can relax and reflect on the cottage verandah at sunset or in the spa bath with a glass of wine in hand after a day exploring the sculptures.
Apart from producing premium quality wines here through sustainable viticulture using only organically approved fungicides and no insecticides, this land also serves the farming of deer and cattle as it has done for generations.
Head to 1840 Wollombi Road, Sweetmans Creek, north of town for this one.
Noyce Brothers Wines
In the heart of Wollombi Village in Grays Inn, a historic 19th-century Georgian sandstone building, you'll find ensuite accommodation on the first floor with Panino Cafe and the Noyce Brothers cellar door below. It's the ideal base to begin your art and wine experience.
Wines produced are Semillon, Verdelho, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The address for your GPS is 2884 Wollombi Road, Wollombi.
As you're admiring the sculptures at each site, ponder on the meaning of the artworks or listen to the inside story from each visiting art expert.
A variety of creative approaches and materials are used in the artworks, set amidst the picturesque surroundings. Last year's People's Choice Award was an interesting set of birds made using forks and spoons.
If you want to meet the artists in town, then the official Exhibition Opening on Saturday 3 November will see you doing just that as you enjoy wine and canapés in celebration of the art at the Wollombi Valley Cultural Centre's Fireshed Gallery. It's happening from 2pm- 4pm and all are welcome.
On the evening of the same day, there is also a Special Launch Event from 6.30pm-8.30pm, called Luminaria. It takes place at the Undercliff Winery & Settler's Cottage and is an intimate gathering of artists, friends and lovers of fine wine under the starry night sky amongst the vines. An illuminated performance by artists fresh from Vivid Sydney will set the vineyards and sculptures aglow with light as you relax or dance the night away with DJ Nik Nak's smooth grooves and the beautiful voices of their bright Acapella stars. A picnic of assorted gourmet delights to share with friends is available to purchase at the cellar door or you can dine earlier in town should you wish. A complimentary glass of wine on arrival is included and the host vineyards will provide a selection of wines available to purchase at special event prices. Tickets can be purchased via Humanitix at $40 per person, plus booking fee.
On 10 & 15 November, you can join an artist-led creative workshop - Create on Country. From 9am, for 6.5hrs, Greer Taylor and local Aboriginal Tim Selwyn will take you on a journey through Yengo National Park for some art making and culture where you will learn simple art processes to generate big ideas and connect with the country, experiencing the landscape from a deeper perspective. The cost is $195 for this creativity awakening and it includes a vegetarian lunch. For further details and to book, click here.
Other events on during this exhibition include the Wollombi Wood Chop at Wollombi Tavern and the Car Exhibition and Markets at Mulla Villa Guesthouse. Check out all that's on offer in the area via Facebook and get your bearings with the handy map below showing the wineries and the major towns in the region.