26.12.2008 - 26.12.2008 34 °C
26th December 2008
Naughty naughty - a sleep in and it puts us behind on our plans for the day.
Adelaide is in very close proximity (for those not in the know) to the Barossa Valley - home to a number of very fine Australian wines. It would be just too rude not to visit right??
Its a hot day mind so I'm not sure my body would cope with drinking copious amounts of wine and no water... we'll see!
The Barossa is about an hour and a half's drive from Vivi's and our first stop is perhaps one of the most famous of them all.. Jacobs Creek! Although to be fair, the fact that they export the majority of it would suggest that the Aussies aren't too fussed about keeping it a secret! Still, doesn't stop me fancying a Shiraz or 3!
With the money they have made over the years, they've been able to install a proper visitor centre and even on Boxing Day it is busy with people! Obviously lots of others have the same idea - including people from Vivi's course! We make a sharp exit!
We then head on through the town of Tanunda, stopping at Peter Lehmann wines. My friend, Deborah, has already informed me that I have to try a sparkling shiraz (not something you see every day!) and so with it on the wine list, I have to have a try (along with 3 others, one an 1885 vintage that blew my head off!).
I was so taken with my sparkling 'shirley' shiraz that I had to buy a bottle for my trip to Sydney the following week - my New Years treat! Odd to have a sparkling red wine but definitely not wrong!
Vivi has whipped us up a picnic (whilst I was still in bed.. rude!) so we sit in the shade by the gardens at the Peter Lehmann vineyard and enjoy the peace and quiet. Its not as busy as Jacobs Creek!
We head on then to Chateau Tanunda which is a collection of vineyards but I think my tasting is done for the day. I'm clearly too much of a lightweight today! But I am forward thinking about the fact that I'm on a bus tomorrow morning really early - pick up is 6.45am... eek!
Time to head back and pack my bags (after a bit of a siesta..!) - my time with Vivi is coming to an end and I'm gutted to be leaving this little haven - home for me in Australia and heading back out on the road