Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Livin' La Dolce Vita - Day 1

Let's start at the start. We piled into Trusty Tarago and Lovely Lotus, and got to our first destination by about 12:30...

Here we purchased our Wines of King Valley souvenir tasting glasses and started with the three sparklings - unfortunately the Prosecco was still a week away from the Cellar Door. Making our way through the list we selected our poisons (mine was the Arneis) and headed out to the alfresco area to enjoy some delicious pizzas surrounded by a cicada serenade.

The Sweet Life

Not on the festival list - this was a special recommendation from friends. These guys are based right next to the Milawa Cheese Company, Milawa Chocolate Shop and Muse Gallery. After picking up some supplies for the evening, we headed off again.

We were welcomed through Brown Brother's gates with a taste of their NV Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier sparkling blend, before finding a shady table with a good view of the jazz quartet. The best thing about the weekend was that we took our time at each place, and the days didn't slip away too quickly. Here we cooled off in front of water-spraying fans and tried Gundowring's Orange and Cardamom ice cream.

King River Estate
Our final stop, here we tasted a Sparkling Shiraz and Sparkling Merlot, and savoured many other wines for which this region is know best, their Vermentino was especially good. We were also just in time to catch the owner and winemaker Trevor Knaggs speaking about the benefits of biodynamic viticulture.

Once settled at Moyhu Caravan Park, we all dived into the pool and enjoyed a BBQ feast for dinner before heading off to get a good nights sleep - we'd need it if Saturday was anything to go by!

Can't wait to tour Milawa and Oxley by bike one of these days!

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