Cottontails is our preferred local restaurant to meet or celebrate.The environment is excellent set among the gently hills above the Murrumbidgee River that is a few kilometers away. The scene changes with the seasons; greens as the sun lazes elsewhere in this world and all-consuming browns and oranges in the harsh lights of summer. Cottontails is constructed to combat all seasons and they use a superb cooling system.It is set on the brow of a hill outside Wagga, an easy drive from the city. There is plenty of parking that is at the end of the kilometre plus road in ... the road has lines of olive tree all the way. We have watched them grow for many years. They seem to be well placed as do the grape vines nearby.The staff is inevitably welcoming and attentive.The menu is expansive and well presented and explained.Never have we left unsatisfied; hence we return.The twenty minute drive is well worth it as is the opportunity to admire the vista.Cottontails can easily cater for functions and they are able to provide other facilities as well.
Took my mum here on a Thursday for an early mother’s day. Stunning drive from Wagga to get there. Lovely dining room and beautiful views. Best food I have ever had out! Arancini balls, Lamb & a chocolate dessert. Cannot flaw any dish! Service was fantastic. Wine was divine. So glad I took my mum here. This restaurant is a credit to the owner, chef and staff. Well done.
Staff so friendly and welcoming, food was just Devine!! Views are picturesque and winery is beautiful and clean!! Ten out of ten!! Definately be back!!
My partner and I visited Cottontails for their exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner. We had a great time, the food was absolutely fantastic, the wine was very good, the ambience was really relaxing and informal, the views were fantastic, the staff very good. Overall we had a very very good night and highly recommend Cottontails. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Absolutely knocked our socks off tonight , most beautiful meals and service , can’t thank or praise you all enough , the atmosphere was amazing very friendly for all and particularly loved the sheep hearts thank you all so much , pats on backs all round ❤️ we score you a 10 on all counts :) service was second to none , Highly Recommended will be back ASAP .
Fantastic food and great service. Can not fault this place and we will be back. I’ve had black pudding in France, England and Scotland and this was by far the best I’ve ever had. Do yourself a favour and get out there!!
Dear Lilly and everyone at Cottontails,I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who worked on Christmas day so that my family and I could have such a wonderful time. The food was fantastic, the wine great and the service was very friendly. Thanks so much, it was very much appreciated.
Hi Lilly ,I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all your help with our wedding last weekend. The day was perfect and stress free and all our guests raved about the venue and the food and what a great time they had. We also really appreciate all your help with getting everything ready for the day, it really was a stress free experience and we won’t hesitate recommending Cottontails to any of our friends getting married or holding functions in the future.Thanks again for everything!
Right from the minute we walked in, we felt welcome. We had a table right beside the window that overlooked the rolling hills and canola fields of beautiful Harefield. Decor was minimalist, which was good so as to not distract from the views. Menu offers choice without being overbearing. Wine List is also comprehensive, with a strong representation of wines from the Cottontail Vineyard. We didn’t need to wait long for our meals, they arrived hot to the table - we were hesitant to start eating as they were so beautifully presented. We have already talked about returning again to try other things from the menu - can’t wait to go back! Perfect for quiet lunches, though to intimate wedding/events.
Lovely setting overlooking the valleys leading back to Wagga Wagga. It will have taken about 15 - 20 minutes to get here from the centre of town and worth every minute. We enjoyed dinner on a Saturday night. The menu was not long but covered most tastes, the servings were generous, the service friendly. And the Cottontails Cabernet Sauvignon was delicious. recommended highly.
Hi Lilly. Thank you so much for yesterday! Lunch was beyond amazing! We all had such a lovely time. Especially the Birthday girl. You do an amazing job! Thanks Again!
Friendly, welcoming, homey. Still maintains class. The perfect venue for our family day. Well enjoyed by all.
Attended cottontails for second time, this time for a meal. Service was first class,the young man knew his job and was very professional in all aspects. Food was super yummy and worthy of five stars. The tapas menu was varied and delicious. We would be happy to take our guests from South Australia back to the restaurant. The food is on a par with wineries in SA. We all tried the wines and they went home with two boxes. Well done to owners.
I can’t thank Cottontails enough for our family birthday celebration last Saturday night. The meals were spot on and came so quickly, I must mention how delicious the pizzas were. Thanks for making our mum’s birthday celebration so special. We had a fantastic evening. Thank you Gerry and Lilly.
Found this gem whilst spending a few nights in Wagga. Even though it was a wet and murky Sunday and everyone was dining indoors they found us a nice table for two and we had a lovely late lunch and were looked after magnificently. The food, wine and the service were all excellent. It was a little difficult to find the place but would be amazing on a clear and sunny day. If we were in the area again we would absolutely visit again- thank you!
My Husband and I had our wedding here and it was simply amazing! The staff were lovely and made sure our wedding was everything we envisioned and the food was just to die for! I highly recommend a visit to Cottontails if you are in the Wagga area. Thank you to Lily and the team at Cottontails for making our wedding so spectacular and a day that we will never forget!
My Husband and I had a joint 40th birthday dinner with 20 of our highly treasured friends. We had the most memorable evening, the food was devine and plenty of it. We started with drinks and platters on the grassed area watching the sunset. We then moved up onto the main deck to enjoy a 2 course meal and wow was it good, the rack of lamb was deliciously moist. If you want friendly staff who cannot do enough for you to make the night memorable, very, very good value for money, food served with quality wine at the right prices, you cannot beat Cottontails Winery. A must to consider when looking to eat out at a quality restaurant. A big thank you to Staff for your hospitality on the night and for escorting our guests via bus to and from the venue. We had a night to remember because of all of you.
My wife Di and I had a fabulous lunch on Sunday, Sasha and Bernadette treated us like royalty…we were certainly pampered with service and the most fabulous food.I am spreading the word guys….the absolute best restaurant in Wagga!Kindest Regards
Thank you again for everything you did in making the Honda CR-V Diesel Media Launch a success. Your venue along with the quality of food was fantastic and I would not hesitate in recommending or using Cottontails again.I look forward to the opportunity of working with you againKind regards
Hi Gerry ,Thank you very much to both you and your team at Cottontails.The dinner was fantastic and was really enjoyed by everyone who attended.We really appreciate your assistance with these functions and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.Once again thank you for all your assistance.Kind regards
Thanks Gerry for all your attention and support the past couple evenings. We were entertaining overseas customers and everyone had rave reviews.The food, wine, hospitality, and views were outstanding.A perfect place to entertain guests and show off the region.
Whilst down in Wagga Wagga for the Stone the Crows festival we visited Cottontail Wines and were fortunate to meet Gerry McCormick who was gracious enough to allow me to fly around the property. Gerry is the perfect host and before we knew it we were tasting the food and wine on offer and both Deb and I were very impressed. Regards,Mike Cohen
We had our sisters 21st party at Cottontails Winery and it was such a great event. We were amazed with the beautiful scenery and location. It definitely exceeded our expectations. The night went really smoothly and everyone had such a great time. Thanks Gerry!
Cottontails was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. The food was delicious, they had a wide variety of drinks to choose from and the facilities were brilliant. It had everything that we needed and wanted. Arranging everything and setting up on the day was made easy and the staff on the night were professional and friendly. Everything flowed well and made our special day stress free and enjoyable! The fabulous venue was matched by a spectacular sunset and gorgeous view.
Hello Lilly, Gerry and all the staff at Cottontail Winery,On behalf of the Aston Martin Owners Club we would like to extend our thanks for your hospitality in hosting our dinner event at your winery. Our members expressed their delight at the quality of the food, wine and service you provided making it a very successful event and highlight for our weekend in Wagga Wagga.Thank you again
The first time I visited Cottontails Winery was in 2010. Since then, it has come so far in a multitude of ways! I absolutely love this venue - it is a little slice of heaven; the perfect place to relax. As an example of just how much I love this location, my husband and I selected Cottontails for our October wedding ceremony and reception. As always, the food at our reception was divine, the staff very helpful, attentive and friendly, (despite the rain/wind) the views were gorgeous and all our guests had a wonderful time.Thank you so much to the wonderful Lilly and her team for both their excellent service on the day of our wedding and the lead up to the day. Thank you as well, to the Chef for multiple delicious meals throughout 2018. Very excited for our next visit.
Fantastic restaurant and function area! We went here for Mums bday and everything was excellent. The food is sensational, staff and service second to none. Thank you so much Lilly & Gerry for a wonderful visit, congratulations to you and your team. We will be back again in future!
Thank you to the excellent staff and chef Jude at Cottontails for a perfect lunch we enjoyed on our 52nd wedding anniversary. Wagga has improved and grown into a city with style. Our Wagga Wagga wedding cost a total of $80. Our wedding “feast” consisted of two chooks roasted in a frypan cooked and served up by me with a big apron over my home made wedding dress, (A copy of the Jean Shrimpton white shift that so outraged Melbourne Society). Cottontails managed something a little more salubrious, but what we loved were the simple things - still, always. Cottontails’ own olives not messed with and so perfect in flavour we took a kg back to Queensland. Our mains a hearty rack of lamb gently flavoured with garlic and rosemary. For some reason, possibly brain fade, we could not remember any beautiful sweeping views around Wagga but Cottontails has jagged that one from their hilltop position. We got a corrugated iron lean-to in the slums and a view of the backyard dunny and dog kennels. Life just keeps on getting better and better. As the old folks said: It goes to show you never can tell!
Hi Lilly,Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team. We had a great day yesterday and the food and service was wonderful.
Table for 1 on a Friday lunch was a great decision and worth the 20min drive from my accommodation. With 1 day in Wagga I’m glad I chose Cottontails for lunch. The food was on point and Lilly was such a great host. The lamb was superb but I felt a little guilty watching a flock run about in the paddock below... Highly recommended.
We arrived here just as the sun was setting, so we could still see the beautiful view of the surrounds. Much of the menu is locally sourced produce. We had the local steak - Angus Scotch Fillet from Teys Cargill and the lamb rack from Junee. Both were diving - probably some of best we’ve ever had. It was lovely to pair the meal with a local wine, made right there! Lilly, the Maitre d’, was very friendly.
Thank you Lilly,It was a pleasant evening, thank you for going the extra mile and being so accommodating it was an amazing night.Thank you again to you and your team.
To Lilly Had the best night last night we thoroughly enjoyed it thank you and all the staff for a fab night Penny
Had a special lunch here and we were very impressed had a variety of food from tapas Aran ini balls very good and prawns excellent, three pizzas of different varieties excellent and one steak very good. staff were very friendly a place worth going to
Visited with my mother whilst saying in Wagga after a long road trip from Adelaide. Wanted to treat ourselves to something special for our last nights stay .. what a gem we found! Great food and wine along with friendly service and incredible views ! Make sure your try a see the sunset ! . Didn’t want to leave .. will definitely be back .
Dear Cottontails,Thank you both so much for everything you did for us to make John’s 80th such a lovely day. The food was fantastic, and your staff were wonderful. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.Kind regards,
Wanted to let you know how impressed my partner Mick & I are with your Harefield Shiraz. We recently spent a couple of lovely nights staying at Jann & Peter New, Hillview Farmstay at Tumblong, and they were featuring your wines, in line with supporting and promoting local producers.Your Shiraz is truly outstanding, and the very best we’ve ever had! A very good friend of 30+ years who lives in London these days, loves Australian Shiraz, and I’m wondering if you send OS? Keen on acquiring some for ourselves as well, of course! Cheers!
Hi there, We encountered your Sweet White Bunny wine at a farmstay in Gundagai over the summer – it was utterly amazing and we took three bottles home. Having finally run out, I was wondering if you have a Melbourne supplier? I hope so! Please let me know where I can get more – we don’t get to Wagga too often (although have been, LOL).Best wishes
Hi Gerry,A huge thank you to everyone at Cottontails.We had the best day, the food, the service, everything was just perfect for my parents and they were thrilled that they were able to celebrate this special day - their 65th wedding anniversary at Cottontails.Theirs names are Mr. Ted Macauley O.A.M. and Mrs Nell Macauley from Temora. Thank you once again I will have to return to try the High Tea, it looks lovely. Regards
Can’t thank you enough for such an amazing day on Saturday for my sister’s wedding. The food, the wine and the service was beyond anything experienced at any other venue. Your staff are a credit to your establishment. Thanks again and look forward to our next five hour drive to visit Cottontail’s again! It’s worth it!
Hi Gerry,Just wanting to let you know how much we love coming out to Cottontails, it is absolutely beautiful. We loved our meal, the service, actually everything.Thanks again.Kind regards
Dear Gerry and staff,A month ago we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Cottontails. We would like to thank you for all that you did to make it such a memorable occasion for us. Everyone that attended were very impressed at the quality of the food and wine, a special thank you to the chef. Having the room to ourselves was a bonus and thank you to the waitress and yourself for the swift delivery and courteous way in which the food was served. Our guests were from Sydney and Melbourne mainly and were thrilled to be entertained in such a wonderful setting. Thank you to all and we wish you continued success with your business. Feel free to include this in any publication associated with a review of cottontails.
Greetings to Cottontails, I have been to your restaurant & I must admit, it one of the most beautiful places I have visited in Australia, & I had one of my happiest evenings in my life there. Thank you for your hospitality and a good dinner. I was in Wagga to visit a local family & a school for about 5 weeks. I am back in Busan, South Korea now, where I am completing my MA in education. Australia is a beautiful country with beautiful people, it is also a land of freedom with lots of opportunities. Let me just say, I will be back!
Our wedding day was everything we dreamed it would be and we have Lilly, Gerry and the team at Cottontails to thank.We planned our whole wedding from 5 hours away so dealt with Gerry & Lilly through email and by phone, they were always quick to respond and were very helpful. The venue was beautiful, the food was delicious and the service was fantastic. We have only wonderful memories of the whole day and we want to thank you for making our day possible. We will definitely be recommending your venue to our family and friends for any occasion.