Jason's magnificent wine tour
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
53Trip End Mar 23, 2013
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It was near enough a three hour drive to the Hunter Valley and he took us in the scenic route to see it in all it's glory, before, through the course of the day stopping for tastings at three small independent vineyards. He ignored the big estates like McGuigan's completely
Our first stop was at Tallevera Grove, where we sat on a shady verandah overlooking the vineyard tasting eight of their own wines, all grown on their estate. Absolutely stunning! We heard what to look for in selecting wines, what to avoid and what the differences are between the fine wines he was showing us and the mass produced wines that are available in the UK (from Australia). I've forgotten most of it already! Jason is an enthusiast. He currently has over 400 bottles of wine laid down under his house - for his own enjoyment and consumption. He undoubtedly knows his stuff.
The trip was becoming interesting because one of the punters, a nice guy named Dom, clearly also had an enormous knowledge of wines. And every time Jason posed a question about grape varieties, regions, flavours etc, Dom would be there with the answer. By the end of the day, I think Jason, who clearly knew loads, was well impressed by Dom's knowledge and they were almost making plans to tour Europe's wine regions together...
We moved on to the second tasting before lunch, the Iron Gate estate, run - for fun - by a retired Englishman who, it appeared, has no interest in conforming
After a nice lunch stop, we headed to vinyard number three, Ernest Hill. Our tasting here was run by an expat Englishwoman, Jackie, who we discovered went to the same school in Birmingham as Helen. She was great fun and we enjoyed her chat and the seven wines she offered up.
At the request of us punters, Jason then took us on a search for Kangaroos, just for a bit of a change. He found a mob of about twenty or so which really topped off a fine day. The kangaroo excursion was the thing that contributed to the one bad review that Jason has had on Trip Advisor but, to be honest, it made our day!
He dropped us off at home at about 7.30pm - a fantastic day. I will happily recommend Jasons Wine Tours. If you're ever in Sydney, do it!!