Saturday saw a glorious sunny morning as we drove to Mcdonalds at Mcgraths Hill, our meeting point for our second Mudgee wine tasting weekend. We had a total of 24 enthusiastic members for a much anticipated return to Mudgee.
The drive to Lithgow was brisk with the sun shining on a few members who were trying out their Saab’s performance on the winding Bells Line of Road. A certain member’s wife needed some calming lollies at Lithgow afterwards, where we met up with Bruce, Shani, Terry & Faye at the Miners Lantern tourist information office. We then headed up the Castlereagh Highway through the spectacular Capertee Valley, again a fantastic drive.
When we arrived at the resort it was a quick check in, keys obtained, bags dropped off to rooms and then lunch on the front deck in the glorious sun shine. 1.00 pm saw the bus arrive for our winery tour. We managed to fit 3 wineries into our afternoon Burnbrae and Farmers Daughters, where some members were seen stashing a few boxes onto the bus.
We had a full size bus this year due to our numbers and the back seat bought back high school memories for some. One of ouryoungest members, Thomas (2 years old), had his first back seat experience in a bus (see photo ).
Then it was on to the Pieter Van Gent Winery. The tasting room was in the cellaring hall, with large oak barrels lining the room. The smell in this hall was amazing.
On returning to Parklands we walked up the hill behind the resort to a cheese and wine tasting place that had live music and an open fire blazing. Some wonderful cheeses and more wine was enjoyed. 7pm saw the commencement of our dinner, for which the theme was black and white. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed which was won by a very smart looking Jeannine and Tony Grey and Ravin, who did a great impression of stick man. Faye and Terry organised a great round of trivia, even if Australia is not the largest island. Steve Emanuel’s table won the trivia with 20 out of 24 questions correct, well done. Our table will do better next time, won’t we Bruce. The winning table was presented with SAAB Car Club hats.
Sunday morning, after breakfast, was checkout and a great opportunity for a photo session with, cars, proud owners and the mountains in the background. It was then off to, you guessed it, more wine tasting at Robert Oatley Vineyards and cellar where we were met by Pat, the production manager of the winery, for a very personal and interesting visit through most of the wines that Oatleys had on offer. An amazing set of antipasto plates were provided by Oatleys for our enjoyment. Again quite a few cases of wine left the building.
Most members headed off for home after Oatleys but some die hard members headed off for one more winery. More tasting, a quiet pizza lunch and some raw olives, fresh from the tree, which Nikki really enjoyed ha! ha! Finally after 5 wineries and a pretty busy weekend we headed for home.