• Catalina Martinez P

Celebrating love in the Valley!

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

As most of you know, I love to travel and always find simple reasons to do it, like for example our 8th anniversary together with Martin <3. As you read in my previous post, we had a busy Friday finalizing our Save the Date invitations. However, after it was done, we decided to go on a spontaneous adventure around Sydney, and what better choice than the romantic wineries of the Hunter Valley.

From the Sydney North Shore, it takes around 2 hours when there is no traffic. So we left early on a Saturday morning and arrived at 10:30 am at the Pokolbin Brothers Wineries, a small family-owned boutique wine business. They are specialized in two distinct wines Chardonnay & Shiraz Merlot and the majority of their limited production is destined to Japan, to be featured in restaurants. Besides all this great international reputation, they also own the Grapemobile bicycle hire and they are great hosts when running the show.

So we hired our two bicycles to start cycling the wineries while doing a wine tasting. Of course, our first destination was the same place where we started, the Pokolbin Brothers Wineries, and through the different wines they served, I definitely fell in love with their sparkling Moscato. It is light orange, a little sweet at the beginning but then the bubbles give back that refreshing feeling, such a great summer drink and perfect for a brunch or as an appetizer. 100% will be ordering some for my next girl's brunch.

Calais Estate Winery Picnic basket

From there, we cycled for about 15 minutes to Calais Estate Winery which is a charming colonial-style building, built from convict cut brick and solid timber bridging beams. It is a really cozy place where we tasted a variety of French wines from red to white, dry to sweet, sparkling to still. After the great wine class received, from the 10 tastings we did, we bought our picnic basket to enjoy in the sun with the view of the Valley. The basket included homemade dips and a variety of cheeses from Hunter Valley, meats, olives, and delicious crunchy crackers. The hospitality of the place and the variety of wines they had were remarkable.

Later on, after soaking in the sun for some good hours, we kept our tour around the Valley, we thought we had enough alcohol, for now, so the following hour we spent it cycling and enjoying the up and down landscapes of wineries like Moorebank Vineyard and Gemelli Estate. To finalize the afternoon, we returned our bikes, bought our wines, and went into a spa to relax! Hip Hip Hurray for a spontaneous 8 years of love celebration!

I know sometimes we overcomplicate the idea of going away for the weekend to a place around Sydney. But remember it is only two hours drive to be in the wineries, mountains our beaches, I wouldn’t hesitate 2 secs to take a weekend away to celebrate or relax. And definitely recharge and enjoy the simplicity of life! So where are you going away for the weekend?

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