Published: March 20th 2011February 22nd 2011
We were up bright and early for our winery day tour. A small bus came to pick us up and then headed into the city for the rest of the pickups. We had a full bus of about 24 people. We drove out of Melbourne and into the Yarra Valley known for it's wineries. Our first stop was at Yerring Farm, a small boutique winery. We were given instructions on how to properly critique the wine, swirling the glass, sniffing it all that fun stuff. Then we got to the best part, tasting! They had a bar set up with all kinds of wines to try and we could try as many as we wanted. They had a sweet chardonnay dessert wine that was my favorite. I think I tried like 10 different wines there.
Next we went to Rochford wines. This winery is bigger and has a huge grassy area they use for lots of concerts. George Thoroughgood (no idead how to spell his name haha) had just played there and the stage was still set up. We were taken upstairs and were educated on a few more wines and I think I got to try 5 more wines.
We then were taken downstairs to the restaurant where we got to pick a glass of white or red to have with our lunch. We were given 3 choices for lunch. I tried the pork belly. It was different but good. The wine was yummy! Mom bought a little bowl full of some wine flavored ice cream and they were really good.
After lunch we went to Chateau Yerring. It's a very historical old winery and here we got to taste another 6 or 7 wines again. I love wine tours!!! Haha We bought a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from here. At this wine tasting instead of a spit bucket you could just pour out your unwanted wine onto the concrete floor. Bit different!
Our last stop on the tour was Domain Chandon. Opera Winfrey came here and did some filming for her show when she was in Australia. Domain Chandon is where we learnt about sparkling wines. We got to see some of the vats and those kinds of things. There is also an aging room that they used to film a tv series here called Master chef. Pretty cool. We were taken out to the restaurant
area and we got to have a few nibblies and a full glass of a sparkling wine of our choice. They had a dry white one, a sweet white one and a red sparkling. We picked one of each so we could taste them all. I got the sweet one and it was delicious! The view from the vineyard is amazing here so I spent the rest of our time there taking pictures out back. We also learnt that here they plant a rose bush infront of the row of vines so they know which grapes are planted there. A white rose bush signifies sauvignon blanc, a yellow rose signifies chardonnay, a red rose signifies a red grape variety, typically pinot in this region.
We had a great day ouut at the wineries and then got back to our hotel and we invited Leahanne over for dinner so we could say bye to her. Great dinner, great company. We spent the rest of the evening packing up for our flight to Cairns early the next morning!!!
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