If it were not for the Anglo-Australian architecture and the typical country town thoroughfare, just wandering around the shops, cafés and antique shops, one could feel to be in St Germain-des-Prés!
There is definitely an air of sophistication and art de vivre in this small town a little over an hour south of Sydney. Mind you, the proximity of the big city has attracted a lot of wealth, second palatial residences, and hobby farmers, and that is before mentioning the serious business of making wine!
I recently spent a week-end there - courtesy of Biota Dining - and had not visited properly for several years. It was really interesting to measure the difference between having a good antique shop and maybe one nice coffee shop to an explosion of boutiques selling homewares and beautiful objects for decorating one's home, as well a very good patisserie, a few upmarket pubs and some fancy restaurants both in town and in the surrounding wineries or nearby Mittagong. We will be back!
The surrounding wineries
I could bore you all day by listing all the wineries surrounding Bowral...But I won't, as they are so many of them. Just as an anecdote to illustrate this, two of my clients, a dentist and an interior designer own wineries in the area: GrumbleBone Estate Vineyard and Far Ago Hill, the later producing an award winning Pinot Gris sold at many a hated restaurant in Sydney and at local Biota Dining, as well as at the Qantas Business Lounges. Unfortunately the owners were not around that week-end, so we went to two other near by: Centennial and Tertini.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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