Sydney, undefined, Australia
July 26, 2003
The wine centre itself is attractive and well thought out -- the wines are enjoyable and the counter staff very friendly and helpful. There is a sensory kit put out each day which you can sniff to help you identify the characters of the wine. They also have an unusual wine library -- unfortunately we were there at the wrong time of the year to try it, but at harvest time, this living library of grape varieties exists outside the tasting room door and tasters can compare the grapes the wine comes from with the wine produced by the variety.
They also produce a fantastic cookbook with recipes based on local fresh produce.
There is a sundried tomato and olive produce tasting area from another local producer, which was very popular. We all fell in love with fresh crusty bread dipped in local olive oil and dukkah (a locally made product of ground almonds, other nuts, sesame seeds, and spices -- comes in a number of varieties and goes well with wines, olives, and cheese plates).
They have petanque and an outside sand pit to keep youngsters and teenagers happy.
The most unusual activity here is the wetlands nature reserve, which is excellent for all the family to stroll through trying to find the endangered frog species. It is designed to protect hence the little frog on all their labels and merchandising. Only catch is beware of the sandflies!
From journal Marlborough and the cold climate wineries.