Shoalhaven Winter Wine Festival

If it’s the long weekend in June then the place to be is The Shoalhaven!! What better thing can you think of than cosying up somewhere down on The South Coast and touring up to 7 wineries in beautifully scenic locations with live music and some decent food options all washed down with loads of local reds and whites and all available via a hop on hop off bus!!
Our dear friends John and Lyn came to share the weekend with us and our son Sam came down too. They were all happy to escape the city routine for a few days and soak in some of the countryside and a change of scenery. We had the wood fire roaring and it was great to use our big dining room and rip open a few bottles of red and catch up on all the news over dinner.
Saturday dawned bright and sunny and we drove to Silos where we left the ute for the day and started our Grand Tour! Raj – the owner at Silos took us through his range of wines in his cellar and he is a great front man- very entertaining -and with a small range of good wines and a great restaurant together with some boutique accommodation he has the recipe for a successful business. We are very happy that we are so physically close to Silos!

Silos   Silos + the big blue duck!

The bus took us then to Mountain Ridge Winery closer to the coast and in a very pretty location. They all had gone to a lot of trouble to have some music and food on hand to enhance the experience and lots of families were picnicking here. The drinks were starting to go down easier as it got closer to lunchtime! It was nice to see different parts of our area that we would never usually get access to and reaffirm the beauty of this part of the coast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The boys!2015-06-06 12.04.37  Mountain Ridge Winery.

Off to Coolangatta Estate where we have actually stayed a couple of times before we ever moved South. It is pretty well established and has a massive restaurant as well as some holiday stay cottages. A few local oysters and a guy doing some nice covers with his trusty guitar and we were starting to feel pretty relaxed and happy. Sam and I toddled off for a walk down memory lane to see if we could remember where we stayed when they were little and as usual Sam and his amazing memory for detail manages to remember more than me!

2015-06-06 13.32.02   Lovely fire @ Coolangatta

We piled into the coach and set off for 2 Figs Winery which we had wanted to go to for AGES. Some Sydney friends used to rave about it and we had intended getting dolled up one summer weekend afternoon and going for a visit but never quite got round to it so we were very interested to see if it lived up to the hype. As we approached up the steep driveway it was apparent that the view was going to be AMAZING! The Shoalhaven River snaked all around us shimmering in the afternoon sun and about 400+ people had had the same idea as us to make this the ‘lunch stop’ and enjoy those views. A few food trucks serving confit duck on polenta, pulled pork panini and wood fired pizzas were all doing a roaring trade and the queue to buy a bottle of wine was ominously long. A couple of bottles of the 2 Figs Rose later and the sun starting to sink a little in the sky and we hopped on the bus for the last winery Cambewarra Estate

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA So many people at 2 figs for lunch……OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

.2015-06-06 14.23.42   Confit duck 2015-06-06 14.23.08 The Mighty Shoalhaven River.

 Beautiful Cambewarra Estate Winery.

The weekend was spent eating and drinking far too much and we packed everyone off with home grown eggs and some slice for afternoon tea back in the big smoke. Lovely to see everyone and tomorrow is the start of my new job (now that I am germ free and capable of standing upright for an hour at a time again….) and puppy school graduation plus hopefully 2 full days working in the veggie patch coming to grips with the weeds and getting the last of the winter crops in and staked.

Fresh from the garden2015-06-07 14.55.26 Heirloom carrots.2015-06-07 17.34.44 A beef rib roast to top off the weekend

I’m not sure if this one is going to graduate from Puppy School tomorrow night at this stage……and as I prepare for my first day of a new job I’m not feeling 100% confident about leaving her at home for 9 hours!!!!!!!! Watch this space…….

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