RTA Big Ride 2004 diary

Day 6: Newcastle rest day
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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
Big Ride Brasserie

Wine barrels
Wine barrels

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.

Tulloch's winery
Tulloch's winery

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
The lunch stop

Me relaxing at lunch
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.

Ivanhoe winery
Ivanhoe winery

View up the valley from Ivanhoe
View up the valley from Ivanhoe

View down 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.

McGuigan's truck
McGuigan's truck

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