Before the Federal Highway was spruced up, the wineries near Lake George were more noticeable. These days it’s easy to hurtle past at 110kmh not paying much attention to the wineries tucked away from the road. All eyes turn to the spectacular space that Lake George may or may not occupy. In the 1980s, the lake lapped the Federal Highway, but today, cows graze where once water occupied. From Lerida Winery, Lake George and the wind farm on the lake’s south-eastern side can be seen in the distant, with rows of vines in the foreground. If it’s warm, sit outside in the courtyard to be absorbed by the lush vines. For a temperature-controlled environment, inside is either cool or cosy – depending on the season. It’s a popular lunch venue, providing music at lunchtimes on Sundays. Although not on the lunch menu, there’s a pile of scones on the counter. My two rustic style scones are on the dry side and therefore are a bit crumbly because of this. The strawberry jam is average but the cream is double thick, chilled and firm. It might be the fact that it’s at a winery cafe, but this spread is on the expensive side considering the quality.
Tea: A basic range of loose-leaf teas served in a small pot.
Overall: Private with stunning views over the vines and towards Lake George.
Location: 87 The Vineyards Rd, Collector NSW 2581 Ph: 02 4848 0231 leridaestate.com.au
Reviewed November, 2017