No doubt, Hunter Valley is a wine region and true that you do need to be somewhat into wine to really enjoy and appreciate this wine country. I’ve been to Hunter Valley numerous times and seriously thought that I’d only need to visit this region a couple few more times then I am done, I’d have seen it all and no need to come back again. Unless your name is James Halliday and have visited all 150 wineries in the region, if not then my friend, there are still over 6,000 hectares of vineyards for you to unearth.
Wine has been produced, in some form or another, for about 7000 years. Remarkably, it was only in the last fifty years that someone discovered that the vessel from which you drink wine radically affects its flavour, aroma and overall profile. That person was 9th generation of the Riedel family, Claus J. Riedel.
Every year, Vintage (the time when the grapes are picked) brings with it a build up of excitement, nerves and anticipation for all the producers in the region. The month of February is a busy one, for our family at McLeish Estate winery it is all hands buy cialis usa on deck with family, friends and an eager vineyard team all ready for Vintage 2013 harvest and processing of the grapes in the winery.
Why bother wine when driving? I’ve always wondered why we do it. If you’re a couple or car-pooling, someone always draws the short straw as the designated driver. Yes, the idea of wine tasting is to sip and spit, but on all the trips I’ve taken to the Hunter Valley, there seems to be more of a “sit and savour” attitude to wine tasting. Throw in a few long lunches, because wineries seem to have the best restaurants these days, and you’re over the limit.
So who you gonna call? The GrapeMobile.
Summer is here and the vineyards are full of luscious green leaves and rich brown earth with the promise of another harvest of the Hunter Valley’s best. Summer time in the Hunter Valley means relaxing with friends, enjoying the great outdoors and discovering some of the season’s activities and spoils.