Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hunter Valley Photo Diary

Wine, food, good company: are these not the staples of life? I was lucky enough to have a girls weekend away recently to the Hunter Valley in NSW. As a wine (alcohol) lover it had been on my list of places I must go and I was not disappointed!
First stop was Harrigan's for a fantastic lunch in the sunshine and the start of the lush day ahead. I wish we'd had time to look around the Hunter Valley Gardens but a wine tour was calling! We did the half-day Two Fat Blokes tour as recommended by a friend and Google. It was sensational and we're all dying to do the full day tour now! Our first winery was the Gundog Cellars which I think was my favourite of the day but the real show stopper was the De Iuliis cheese matching wine tasting part. I loved cheese before but it opened my eyes to a whole new world of taste sensations when it's matched with wine! A big shout out to the refreshing granita at the end ;)
We purchased far too many cheeses (there's a story there...) from the Two Fat Blokes deli to set ourselves up for dinner with our wine purchases. We naturally also made time to raid the Pokolbin sweet shop. It's important to support local business you know!
In the spirit of trying something new we stayed out of town at the Starline Alpaca Farm Stay. Now you might be wondering why this is so amazing but just look at the pictures! When you check in you're given a bucket of animal food with the directions to come back for more if needed. Baby alapacas and lambs and piglets and you can collect your own eggs from the chicken coop! We were in farm heaven and couldn't stop smiling: a great way to chase away a wine headache!
The Hunter is such a magical place, I'm dying to go back already... who knows... I may even get married there one day!

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