Two years ago, in February of 2021, as the world's borders were closing and the future was dim, we took a massive punt.
We opened a small wine bar and bookstore in the beautiful town of Boorowa.
Over the past two years, as borders remained closed, lockdowns were enforced and people stopped journeying, we managed to keep trading and build sustainable relationships throughout our town and region.
Now, as a result, we have become a place of welcome not only for locals looking for a place to gather and chat, but also a site of repose for weary travellers, discerning imbibers and avid readers.
We hope you too come in and join us over a book, a glass of wine and a fine small plate.
In a land of beautiful country towns, we live in one of the best. See ideas about where to visit and stay when you come here.
We welcome you to the home of the superb parrot -or as its mates call it the Polytelis swainsonii - and to some of the country's best merino sheep. When the canola is flowering we reckon it's quite spectacular too, and think you will too!
Oh, and before we forget, Boorowa is also in the heart of one of Australia's best kept secrets, the Hilltops wine region, producers of premium cool climate wines. James Halliday has awarded two of our region's vineyards - Moppity and Freeman - the coveted five stars.
Thus, it is appropriate that the home of the superb parrot now houses
The Absolutely Superb Bibliothèque and Occasional Wine Bar, Boorowa - known to denizens and connoisseurs alike as the Occasional.
We warmly invite you to engage in the gentle art of conversation, while reading and laughing, and sipping delights from Hilltops wine region and beyond, as well as sampling tasty treats from artisanal producers, both local and regional.
At The Absolutely Superb Bibliothèque and Occasional Wine Bar, Boorowa, we believe that life is too short for bad books, bad wine and dull company.
Thus, we will always have an interesting array of materials for you to read over your rosé or chardonnay, cabernet or shiraz, tempinot or pinot noir and a carefully curated selection of books to buy and take with you on your journey.
We also have an array of gift cards for you to send to your friends, or to keep for yourself! Clink on the following link: greeting cards
This is true #buyfromthebush and #slowtravel in action!
Our menu and our products
Our Drinks List
Our philosophy is simple:
we wish to highlight the wonderful cool climate wines produced in the Hilltops wine region.
As such we aim to champion local producers and be a source for visitors to our region to try these beauties.
We'll also surprise you with a few other delights - and even beer, some spirits, pots of tea and plunger coffee - changing these from time to time.
Our list changes frequently, so come here to check what we're offering you now.
Like our wine list, our menu will change over time, showcasing artisanal and regional products.
We offer cheese boards that feature delights from Riverina cheese-mongers Coolamon Cheese, accompanied by pickles and delicious garnishes.
We supply charcuterie from a diversity of suppliers, including creators of great saucisson and salumi, especially from Pino's Dolce Vita Fine Foods.
Our bread includes products from Clementine Bakery in Yass, and our chutneys and sauces are from Ballinaclash from Young.
See here for our latest offerings
Our Book launches and Author talks
Our list is constantly being curated. Check out our social media profiles for the latest. Be assured of big stories, stories that help us understand our shared humanity and stories that are just plain good.
And of course, there will be lot of crime, especially ones set in the bush.
We also host irregular author talks and so far have hosted Linda Jaivin, Gabrielle Chan, Chris Hammer, Michael Brissenden, Sulari Gentill, Matthew Spencer, Hayley Scrivenor, Shelley Burr, Dinuka McKenzie, Zoya Patel, James McKenzie Watson, Kate Mildenhall.
We also hosted our inaugural Boorowa Literary Festival, so watch this space!
Absolutely Superb Merch
We're constantly developing our range, but given how awesome our logo is and the story we are creating we know that whatever we put out there will quickly fly off the shelves.
To see our latest range of superb merch, check out our range here!