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Marlborough Region – Part 1

Being recreational wine enthusiasts, our next destination was the wine mecca of Marlborough, a region located at the north-east end of the South Island.

We stayed in a delightful holiday cottage called Andahlane Cottage.

Marlborough Winery stay

It’s set in the vineyards just out of the small town of Renwick.

Marlborough Winery stay

Marlborough is a bit like the Hunter Valley on steroids. The vineyards cover an area 5 times the size of the Hunter Valley, hence there are dozens of cellar doors to potentially visit. The wines can also be over-the-top (I think almost everyone has tasted a fruit-bowl-like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc sometime in their life) but we were interested in tasting the wines of the smaller, artisanal producers.

But that’s for another day.

Marlborough Winery stay

The Alps – Part 3

We ventured back down to the plains near Mansfield to visit Delatite Wines.

Delatite Wines

It’s a small winery and its vines have a very pretty view.

Delatite Wines

Of course, a tasting was on the cards. Being a cool-climate winery, it specialises in grape varieties not found in warmer areas in the Hunter Valley, like gewurztraminer, pinot gris and pinot noir. I particularly loved their ‘gerwurz’. A bit of fruit and floral notes but with a dry finish makes it great to have with a Thai curry, or by itself on a hot summer’s day.

Rutherglen

Our first stop was the town of Rutherglen. An hour out of Albury and close to the Murray River, it’s a quaint North-East Victorian town with lots of lovely architecture.

Rutherglen

Rutherglen

The second picture is of our bed and breakfast – that allows dogs! So Bridie was happy.

An early morning walk took me to the paddock around the back of the B&B, where I encountered some ladies having their breakfast.

Rutherglen

Rutherglen

Rutherglen is famous for its wines, and we sampled a few (Pfeiffer, Andersons and Cofield are just three). The wines (both sweet and table) were delicious, and since all the wineries are generally small operators, we even got to talk to some of the wine makers. And for those contemplating a road trip with their furry friends, many cellar doors even allow dogs.

A winery visit

It’s been several years since we visited the village of Wollombi, so it was high time that we made a day trip up from Umina. The hour-long drive along the Central Coast hinterland back-roads is always a pretty one, and Bridie was up for it, keeping her nose out the window for most of the trip.

Enjoying the view

At the end of it was Wollombi Wines, a little winery selling some quaffable wines. The light shiraz was particularly tasty. The winery were also hosting the Sculpture in the Vineyards exhibition.

Sculpture in the Vineyards

It’s an exhibition that’s exclusive to the wineries around Wollombi, and there were some interesting entries.

Sculpture in the Vineyards

Bridie however, didn’t know quite what to think of it all.

Sculpture in the Vineyards

On the Wine Route – Part 2

We ended up visiting five wineries that day, and sampled a lot of wines, including sparkling and sweet wines!

Wine Flies Wine Tour

South Africa doesn’t just make good whites like chennin blanc, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, but also great reds like cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, and its own variety which I grew found of, pinotage.

Wine Flies Wine Tour

And the wineries I visited weren’t only of the fashionable kind, but also a few that were rough and ready. This one had tasting in a dusty Dutch-style barn, but the shiraz I tasted were very fine indeed.

Wine Flies Wine Tour

On the Wine Route – Part 1

One of the great things about Cape Town is that it’s blessed with a number of wine regions within a 100km radius, making wine tasting day trip a very attractive and relaxing option. I took a day tour to the wineries around Stellenbosch, just 50km away from the centre of Cape Town. With the jagged mountain ranges in the background, the wineries of the region were often in very scenic locations.

Wine Flies Wine Tour

And with interesting side attractions – like zebras.

Wine Flies Wine Tour

But I was also there to taste a bit of wine. The wine styles were generally more restrained than in Australasia, making it very nice with a bit of French-style cheese.

Wine Flies Wine Tour