South Australia: Coonawarra

(24/3/2018 – 26/3/2018)

South Australia!!   The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of SA is “Wineries”.    We were looking forward to visiting the winery regions in SA with our first stop on the wine trail at Coonawarra!!

We arrived in Coonawarra early afternoon and we set up in a lovely little winery called Bellwether Wines for the weekend.   We really wanted to stay at a winery for something a bit different to experience so it worked out great there was this one available (it was $30 a night unpowered but with water).   Along with showers and toilet facilities, we had free use of the laundry, camp kitchen and we could also help ourselves to the fruit and vegetable gardens!!!!  They did have a trampoline and tree house for the kids too.   There were some renovations going on whilst we were there and the place will look even better once everything is finished.

Coonawarra is very much a red wine region so I drove over the 2 days whilst Andrew did all the wine tasting  –  11 wineries to be exact!!!  LOL.    I prefer to drink white so was happy to drive whilst Andrew tasted alot of reds, hmmm yes a lot of reds!!!!

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Wineries visited:- Parker Coonawarra Estate, Patrick of Coonawarra, Leconfield Wines, Majella Wines, DiGiorgio Family Wines, Wynns Coonawarra Estate,  Redman Wines,  Penley Estate and Rymill Coonawarra.

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On Sunday we went to a great restaurant called Otellia Fodder for wine tasting and lunch.    We finished off the day back at Bellwether Wines for more wine tasting.   The owner, Sue Bell, had some whites for me to try!!!  Wow, what wonderful wine they had!!!    It did cost $10.00 for tasting though which was taken off the purchase of any wine!!! And of course, we bought some bottles!!!!  Sue also recommended wineries for us to go to when we were at the Barossa Valley so that was a great help.

As they were such a small family winery, we got to see all the vintage work they were doing by hand.  After the grapes were hand picked, we saw the de-stemming, the fermenting stage and the hand mixing.

We had a great weekend here and we packed up on Monday morning (with the caravan a bit heavier in weight now with all the wine bottles we purchased!! LOL) and travelled down to Mount Gambier.

(24/3/2018 – 26/3/2018)

 

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