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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

Winter Drive – Sandstone

After the winery we drove back to the village in search of lunch. There was of course the famous Wollombi pub, the favourite haunt of all those bikers on the road, but we chose instead a quieter cafe set in an old weatherboard cottage just around the corner. Along the way we passed St Michael’s, the old Catholic church. The present church was built in the 1890’s after the original church was flooded, using the rough hand-hewn sandstone blocks from the first church. You can still see its foundations right next to the ‘new’ church.

St Michael's Church

Winter Drive – Vines

To appreciate just how small this winery is, this is the extent of its vineyard. The owner took us personally through his wines, and in the end we bought a couple of bottles of shiraz, semillion, and a vibrant rose (stocking up for next summer).

Wollombi Winery

In the meantime, the beagle (who went along with us) had other ideas – getting acquainted with the bull in the vineyard.

Wollombi Winery

You won’t win this battle, beagle.

Winter Drive – A Wine Stop

Our destination for the day was the village of Wollombi, on the southern boundary of the Hunter Valley. The village itself was rather cute, if not quite peaceful due to the proliferation of weekend motor bike riders, but being wine drinkers we wanted to explore a winery. We found one in Wollombi Wines.

Wollombi Winery

A pair of old Morris Minor utes declare that this isn’t a big place, and indeed the cellar door was simply a little cottage. As for the little utes, they appear to be in good nick.

Wollombi Winery