An old German saying goes… “Wo der Wein wächst, da lass dich nieder” (where the wine grows, you want to take up residence). A visit to the Hunter Valley confirmed that perfectly.
Rows upon rows of wine. The farmers are busy to clean out the old brushes, clip the branches, clear the grounds off weeds. Smoke rises at the edges of the vineyards from burning the dried grapevine branches. Everything is waiting for spring.
At the brand new organic Hunter Distillery, we were tasting the clear liquids. My personal favorite: Chocolate Vodka. Yummy. But the fruity liquors are very good as well, I’m just not so for the sweet stuff. Worth to test for sure is ginger infused Vodka.
Lunch at the patio at Two Fat Blokes was a fantastic culinary experience. We ordered wine parings with food for red and white wine, and also a beer tasting. Excellent choice. Great food and the presentation is mouth-watering. The larger-than-life “Walking Men on Sticks” were just next door at the winery entry.
Even it is officially winter, this area is lovely in landscape, people, wine and food. And of course plenty of history and art. But I didn’t see any quilts …hmmm… I consoled myself at the Alpaca Barn: I bought knitting yarn – oh so soft! Now I can’t wait to get back home and start a sweet little baby jacket.
On our way into the valley, and out, we had to take a break from all the wine. We stopped at the Potters Brewery. Just at the turn off the road are huge circular brick buildings, as we learned later, these are old historic kilns. This was the site where most bricks, much of Newcastle’s sewer pipes and lots of earthen mining equipment was made.