Having put in a load of washing yesterday, I decided to see if
I could get on the wineries tour. Since there was such
confusion earlier in the week, I could. Apparently, they had
wanted to get about 30 people, but could only manage 16. We
left on a small bus about 9am - me with a hangover.
The first stop was a small independent winery - Coopers. They
grow some grapes there, and buy others - as is common
practice. There is one main shed which houses the wine-making
equipment and a cellar-door shop.
Big Ride Brasserie
The next stop was Tulloch's new garish building - the valley
seems to be dominated by ugly architecture. I was starting to
feel a bit less headachey, but a bit drunk again - even after
only taking small sips. They had a nice verdehlo, and some
very nice ports and dessert wines, but the reds start all
tasting a bit similar - even the Shirazes.
Lunch was at Rosemounts - they use to be affiliated with on
particular big winery, but now buy fruit from all over, and
specialise in cheap ($10 - $15) bottles. It was ok, but not in
the same class as the previous stops. The buffet lunch was
very nice, however. After lunch I felt quite good - no
headache and not tipsy and quite ready to continue.
The lunch stop
Me relaxing at lunch
After lunch we went to the Ivanhoe winery. They grow all their
own grapes, and have about 20 acres. Another nice verdehlo and
a glorious view down the valley.
View up the valley from Ivanhoe
View down the valley from Ivanhoe
The final stop was McGuigan's winery. It had a nice old truck
out the front, and the wines were quite nice as well. After
nearly buying a nice dessert wine at Tulloch's, I succumbed
and bought a bottle of late-picked Traminer from McGuigan's,
and talked myself into joining their wine club as well. There
was also a cheese shop and a fudge shop as well. I didn't
manage to get to a cheese tasting, but bought some marvelous
fudge - maple syrup and pecan.