Welcome to Wine Country
That was the sign that greeted us on our way into the Hunter Valley and I thought “Well damn……Honey I’m home!”
After gifting myself a long weekend, Tim and I flew down to Newcastle and rented a car to drive ourselves out to wine country. Our last visit to the Hunter was 8 years ago when we first started dating, so lots had changed that we needed to catch up on. I’d been given the heads up that one of the most beautiful places to visit was the Audrey Wilkinson Winery, so a short cab ride up a dirt road from our hotel and we were at the top of a hill with the most magnificent views over the entire valley. Vineyards and green, as far as you could see!
It’s no secret that I enjoy a good tipple or two, but I tend to be conservative and stick to the one style of wine again and again (Sav Blanc I’m looking at you! ). What I love about wine tasting is the chance to taste so many different varieties that I would normally be too lazy to try in everyday life.
Because wine country life is obviously very different to everyday life.
The staff at Audrey Wilkinson gave us the best experience, and we took our time at the bar experimenting from the bottom of the list to the top. Well not exactly the very very top because that gets crazy expensive and I like wine and all, but when you can’t overly tell the difference between the Verdelho and the Gewurztraminer (try saying THAT name after a few glasses) you need to stick in the range you belong. Fast forward to 7 bottles purchased and an increase in my checked in luggage for an extra 10 kg’s….. I’d have to say the day was an overall success.
(Whilst visiting the Hunter Valley we were 1 km away from the devastating bush fires spreading through the region. Although unaffected ourselves, I hope anyone reading who is in the area or knows family/friends in the region were also unaffected and got away with no damage done over the weekend).