Yarra Valley Vineyards!

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Feb 20, 2007

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Thought we'd best update this before we forget (although pics are to follow). We've just had a great weekend in the Yarra Valley, too many vineyards to choose from! We hired a Mitsubishi Lancer automatic which Paul thoroughly enjoyed driving and thought it was like a Go-Cart with not having to change gear, and it certainly helped that the Aussies drive on the same side of the road as we do in the UK, although Paul had never had to deal with Trams before. The car was a bargain 110$ for the weekend (about 45quid!), and we set off early Saturday morning although bl**dy typically it was raining on our drive up there. The Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest vineyard region and is located about 50km to the east of Melbourne. The valley is considered one of the finest cool climate wine districts of the world, the Yarra Valley specialises in sparkling wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and with over 50 vineyards to choose from we were spoilt for choice on where to sample a drop! We stopped off for some morning tea (tea, coffee and scone very posh!) as it was pi**ing it down at the small town of Yarra Glen, from there we headed to our cabin at the Badger Creek Holiday park, and the cabin was just perfect, 81$ per night (about 30quid) and it was big enough to sleep 6! After checking in it was to the vineyards, and by now the sun was making an appearance, we stopped off at Coldstream Hills (although a little pricey), Tarrawarra Estate (check out our pics) where we bought some shiraz, and finished off at the Yarra Valley Diary, which sell the smaller vineyards boutique wine, where Han bought some Sauvignon Blanc, and Pommy Bianco (which is actually Semillon, but the guy who owns the vineyard was of Pommy descent) Any food lover (and wine) would love the Yarra Valley, you can by locally made cheese's, pate's, mustard's, olive oil's, chutneys the list is endless. After the vineyards we headed to the small town of Healesville to check out some restaurants for dinner and booked a table at the Wattleseed which specialised in Aussie cuisine, from here it was back to our cabin and Paul was still driving pretty straight after all the samples, although Han did feel 'light headed'. The Wattleseed didn't disappoint and were lucky we booked a table, Han tried some tasty Kangaroo, and Paul opted for a pork dishes, both washed down with a glass of local plonk (well it would've been rude not too!) Kangaroo for those who haven't had the pleasure tastes like a good steak (in our opinion) and apparently the only way to eat it is to have it cooked medium (so the waitress told us), and Han couldn't sit still all night after eating it(bad joke I know!) On Sunday we started off with a walk and picnic in the Yarra Ranges National Park, where we caught our first glimpse of a wild snake, which Paul spotted and then jumped behind Hannah (although Paul says he was protecting her and pushing her out of the way!) Not sure what snake it was but it was of red/brown colour, and with Australia holding 10 of the worlds most venomous snakes we didn't want to meet it again. After our picnic we headed to the old gold mining town of Warburton (yes like the bread!) in the Upper Yarra Valley, where Paul bought some local pate and Han some locally made muffins! We rounded off our trip with a stop at Victoria's oldest vineyard, Yering Station which was first planted in 1838 and has since won numerous international wine awards, the station was very cool and has landscaped gardens, a bar and restaurant and art gallery although we preferred the smaller vineyards, however we did walk away with several bottles of Pinot Gris as it was a cellar door special! The drive back to Melbourne took about 1 hour and we finished our great weekend off with fish and chips, and of course a glass of vino! Shame it was back to work on Monday.... x x Next we've got tickets for the Melbourne Cup racing carnival in early November, and were also hoping to drive the Great Ocean road, so watch this space! x x
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