It would appear that I am somewhat on a national tour of Australian wineries… a fact that I am unashamedly pretty happy about. It’s definitely not the worse position to be in so there are no complaints from me. After our trip to the Hunter Valley, we rounded off 2016 with a bit of a treat by booking a private picnic at Montalto Winery in Victoria.
I have been eyeing off this picnic experience for a while. The only thing that makes a cellar door visit better, is taking your chilled wine and glasses, grabbing your map of the grounds which highlights the route through the vineyard that will take you to your private picnic location, and popping a cork when you finally take a seat once you reach your white linen picnic table.
The private picnic takes the average picnic experience and makes it just a tad more fancy. You have a chilled portable fridge that you can stock with your cellar door purchases, and inside are plates and plates of prepared courses ready to eat. There was so much food! Starters, salads, mains and desserts… nothing was missed and everything was delicious.
I think the most enjoyable part of the experience was taking things slowly. With your booking, you have four hours to enjoy the spot just to yourself, and it goes to show just how unused I am for taking my time and slowing things down. Had we not consciously thought about slowing down and taking our time, we could have eaten our way through 3 courses in an hour and been out of there. But being more mindful is something I’m definitely going to work on through the new year.
And I guess if it takes a fancy picnic with wine every few months to track my progress, well that’s just the kind of new years resolution that I am into.
Hope the first few weeks of 2017 have been kind to you so far friends x