30.3.2017 Hawks Nest – Hunter Valley

Today my wonderful godparents had arranged to take us on a tour of some vineyards in the Hunter valley. Peter drove us 234km around the vineyards and both him and Bette imparted their knowledge of the area onto us, which is considerable!

First vineyard was a new one for Bette and Peter, Adina. Beautiful setting and a cafe which we took advantage of for a coffee and dessert. Yes, I know it was 11am, but we wanted something sweet. We bought a Sangiovese 2014 which was light, long and a great summer wine. 

Waiting for dessert and coffees. Note: Cyclone Debbie not appeared….yet
Clouds gathering over Adina vineyard, Debbie is approaching

Tintilla was the next vineyard, it was a recommendation from my cousin, and it was stunning, a lovely Italian style villa, the scenery was amazing even though the aftermath of cyclone Debbie was starting up. With rain lashing down all around us we sampled a whole variety of wines and fortified wines.

Coats are out, Debbie is in full swing, and so are we….
Tintilla looking good, even in the rain

Drayton’s is a staple vineyard for Bette and Peter, they enjoy going for the food, which was excellent, and the bargain wines.  Blue smurf wine was a particular specialty, made even funnier by the dry humour of the Mackam behind the counter. We bought a butterscotch snapps infused with hot, hot chilli. This is well packaged up and will be used on unsuspecting visitors to our abode back home. Ha ha!

Lunchtime Verdelho please waiter

McGuigans is a massive international name in wine, they also make my Dad’s favourite wine. At the Cellar door we were lucky as they hosted a members day so we got to taste some very expensive wine. $180 a bottle of wine???? Tasty!!!! It bloomin should be.

As we were all still full from lunch when we got back so supper was cheese and biccies, oh, and more wine. 

What a wonderful day, I wish all Thursdays were this good…….

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