Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

We had a very early start on Saturday as we had booked a spot on a Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour with Activity Tours Australia unfortunately yours truly does not do well with early starts so by the time we arrived at our pick up spot outside the YHA Central I was feeling positively ill but we carried on regardless and I'm glad that we did!

After our pick up and picking up a few more passengers we hit the road to the Hunter Valley. We took a wonderfully scenic route over the Harbour Bridge and through the leafy north shore then on through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Our tour guide and driver Nigel was pointing out the sights on the way and gave a very interesting talk on aboriginal culture. After an hour of driving we stopped off at a services where Nigel introduced us to Oliver's a fab restaurant at the services which offer healthy alternatives. It certainly was a great break from the disgusting MacDonalds you usually get at service stations.

After popping some travel sickness pills and having a reviving cuppa we were back on the road and headed for our first winery Savannah Estate by which time the pills had kicked in and I was feeling much revived. Where we sampled a range of wines from Semillion to Shiraz to sweet desert wines and everything in between.

Next we hopped back on the bus (a little tipsy!) and headed to our second winery of the day Iron Gate a modern winery who distill their wine in steel vats rather than barrels which gives it a clean unoaky taste. We tried a range of delicious wines and went on a tour around the winery.
Our next stop the day was lunch at Oscars at Hunter Valley Gardens where we consumed a delicious chicken burger and then went for a wander around the gardens. We popped into the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company shop where the hubby picked out a delicious looking tiramisu to nibble on and I opted for a Champagne truffle which unfortunately tasted more caramel than Champagne but was delicious none the less!

After lunch we were back on the bus and drove to the Smelly Cheese Shop a gourmet deli that sell a range of products, not just cheese! We tried a few samples then were back on the bus for our final stop of the day Ernest Hill.

At Ernest Hill we were met by Hamish who talked us through a range of wines including some stunning and not at all syrupy desert wines which were so good that we just has to purchase some including the delicious 'Luna Spark' a light desert wine with a zesty lemon tone and a hint of bubbles!

Overall we had a fantastic day with Activity Tours Australia and I would recommend this tour to any fellow wino's wine enthusiasts especially since it is half the price of a lot of similar tours!!

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