For our fourth anniversary Lex and I took a trip to The Hunter Valley (fittingly known as Wine Country). A little over 2 hours north of Sydney, the HV is an idyllic spot, nestled amongst rolling hills and winding vines. We love going to the various Cellar Doors and tasting new brands of wine. There are also quite a few restaurants on offer and the standard we found was quite good! I’ll be blogging about them later.
The Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney in New South Wales, is one of Australia’s major wine-growing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to well over 100 vineyards. Most are located south of the Hunter River and operate cellar doors so the public can sample their bottlings.
The forecast was rain – and luckily it only sprinkled in the HV. We came home to Sydney to find news reports of flooding, road closures and traffic incidences. Fortunately we managed to skip the bad weather. There’s always a lively and romantic atmosphere in the HV and we could definitely feel that during our weekend getaway. We actually sat in Harrigans Irish Pub on Saturday night, watching the Socceroos vs. Greece, betting on the greyhounds (with absolutely no knowledge of what/who to bet on!), and just generally enjoying each others company.
We also had a delicious lunch the next day at Enzo’s – an award-winning restaurant situated in an old and beautiful sandstone cottage. But more on that later…
For now it’s marking, marking and more marking – I hate exams!!!!