Wine in progress

Wine in progress

In late September we went on a weekend day trip organised through Matt’s work social club to the Hunter Valley. The Hunter is about 2 hours north of Sydney and is a large wine producing region. It’s also a big foodie destination with lots of cheese, chutneys, jams and other yummy food stuffs.

After meeting at McDonalds with our mandatory silly hats for the bus, we piled into the minibus and off we went. The Hunter is most known for Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillion and Verdhelo. I am not a Chardonnay fan unless its unoaked, so set about sampling the other regions well known wines and some others too! The places we went were:

  • Ballabourneen – tasty balsamics and a parrot to entertain us
  • Pepper Tree – this was a lovely winery in really nice countryside with beautiful flowers. It turned out to be my favorite of the day, along with their liqueur muscat in a round bottomed bottle so you couldn’t knock it over! I ended up kicking myself for not buying one.

peppertree

  • Tempus Two – one of the big wineries in a big complex with all sorts of food.
  • We had lunch next door at Tuk Tuk burgers to soak up some of the wine.
  • Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Co – tasted some yummy cheeses but didn’t buy any as they wouldn’t do well in the heat on the bus. Had some yummy ice creams.
  • McGuigan wines over the road and the associated Hunter Valley Cheese Co for more cheeeeese. They had nice desert wine too.
  • Hunter Valley Chocolate Co – we didn’t buy chocolate becasue of the heat but this place had chocolates shaped like penguins! Awesome. Matt picked up some uber sour sweets from the British Lolly Shop and promptly have them to his colleagues – not a great career move!
  • Off licence with a beer wall! They had a great beer selection and Matt picked up a couple of British favorites.
  • Lindemans. Nice and friendly and they even gave us a discount on some ‘Tawny’ as they were closing. Apparently they;re not allowed to call it Port any more as its not from Portugal, but it tastes just as good as Port!

It was a good day out with friendly company. Not very healthy, but very very tasty! We already had another trip to the Hunter booked for the two of us when this came up, so read about that – including cycling between wineries – in an upcoming post!

UK section of the beer wall

UK section of the beer wall

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