Honestly, it’s so tough to live in Australia; the weather is constantly great, the food available is so exotic, the wine is so damn good and there are wineries everywhere.
I’ve literally lost count how many times I’ve been to the Yarra Valley now but I still find that, every time I go, I see something new.
Today’s adventure were with my main ladies; Cherie and Kerry. We headed back into the sunny valley and were ready to get our drink on! Sorry rephrase, we were ready to test quality wines, in a classy manner…
The first winery we visited was Wild Cattle Creek Estate and this was a complete fluke; Cherie saw signs for it just off the highway and decided we should check it out. My god, it was a hidden gem! You’d think that the location right next to a busy road would hinder this place but no no, the surrounding landscape was gorgeous! There was a large, luscious lake filled with wildlife and gorgeous vineyards surrounding the area. The wine wasn’t half bad too, the three of us made good friends with the lady that worked there and we spent the morning trying all their varieties. I was shocked at how smooth their wines were, even their reds, which meant I HAD to buy two bottles. Here’s some pics:
The second stop was Payne’s Rise Winery and the scenery here was beautiful too; it had a very rustic Australia vibe. Here it is:
Is it weird that I loved the old school toilets the best?
We ordered some lunch and then went for a tasting while we waited for our food to come. The three of us were quite disappointed with this since the white wines were all warm and the ladies serving the wine didn’t have the best knowledge. On a more positive note though, the food was delicious; here’s what we ordered:
- A pumpkin & blue cheese pizza w rocket and truffled honey
- A salami, semi dried roma tomato, olive & mozzarella pizza drizzled, w a basil pesto
- Bruschetta w three toppings: olive tapenade, basil pesto & a sun-dried tomato pesto
There were no pictures taken because all three of us devoured those carbs as soon as they hit the table. The wine may have gone straight to our heads…
The third and final venue was Seville Estate and it was the whole reason this whole trip took place; Kerry’s friend, Caroline, is the Cellar Door Manager there – so we had to check it out!
Yet again, the surrounding scenery was gorgeous and so was the venue. Here it is:
We sat down to our final tasting of the day and had an amazing girly chit chat. We fell in love with the wine on offer, especially the chardonnay (which I had to buy too).
Then a cheese board was mentioned, to which we all jumped at the chance – even though we were still full from lunch. I’m going to be honest, I was pretty sloshed so I do not remember where the cheeses came from, but I do know the types we had: mozzarella, blue & Camembert. Here’s the dish:
The star for me was the fresh honeycomb because it tasted so good and went perfectly with the blue cheese.
Caroline told us all about the business, it’s history and the services on offer. I then had a nosey in their commercial kitchen and checked out every inch of it. It got me inspired to cook for a lavish event!
5pm came around so it was time to head back to the city. I had a lovely nap in the car and we all went to the loo in a very questionable Burger King.
It was then time to part ways, so I thanked the ladies for a great day and drunken Lucy went to bed at 7pm on a Saturday night.
God I’m lame.