Every year, in hundreds of wine regions throughout the world, over a thousand different grape varieties are made into millions of individual wines. Each of these wines express a unique combination of flavours, impacted by a myriad of factors such as grape variety, climate, vintage variation, winemaking techniques and blending options. All of this means that there is virtually a limitless variety of tastes to experience.
The hills are alive.
With the sound of swirling wine that is. A full weekend itinerary was given to me by Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism, soon enough The Pom and I have organised a house-sitter to look after our pets, bags are packed, bicycles are loaded onto the car and we are setting off to the lushious green wine region for an indulgence weekend to unearth the secrets of Hunter Valley.
When there’s three pigs in the back paddock named Chop Chop, Salami2 and Crackle, you get the feeling the night’s feast will be fresh. We spot the pig pen before walking into Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards Estate in the Hunter valley but luckily don’t find out their names until after we’ve ordered.