Friday, January 30, 2009

Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley - 27th Jan to 30th Jan 2009

Hunter Valley Purchases
Hunter Valley New South Wales Australia
From Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is 2 hours North of Sydney, but inland. It is a very pretty and well kept area with over 150 vineyards and wineries. With Heidi’s stiff neck and the tent being wet and caked in mud we decided to check the WOTIF website to see if there were any deals on a real bed for the night. We found a self contained apartment for half price and decided to go for this. A little over our budget but well worth it considering our current plight! The Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill turned out to be just what we needed. It is right in the heart of wine country with 3 vineyards in walking distance, a pool, spa in the room and a view to die for – gonna be hard to leave!

Whilst here we have been to 4 Wineries and done some tasting also some spending too! The best we went to was McGuigan’s, this place was friendly, informative and had a cheese factory built in! Yum! We spent a little time here tasting wine and cheese. Heidi settled on a Gerwurtz Traminer (White) and some Ash Brie and Carl a Cab Shiraz (Red) and an Irish Mature Cheddar. We then drove carefully off to Tyrell’s winery – one of the oldest here in the valley – for a wine tour. It was very interesting and showed wine making to be not as complicated as we thought. Home we went with our purchases and indulged.
The next day was 2 more Wineries Lindeman’s and Rosemount Estate. We bought another couple of bottles more careful driving (all the tasting you see) and headed back for a dip in the pool and a Steak on the BBQ. It’s 37 degrees! We did try to go to Wyndam Estate (Carl’s favourite Shiraz) but they only open cellar door on weekends – no good to us as we are off in the morning and it is Thursday .

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