The Marvels of May

May has been another really busy month for the Walkabout Crew. With fine weather on a number of weekends (we do go out in the cold and wet if we’ve booked a long trip, but tend to limit our spontaneous winery visits a bit…) we’ve managed to get to a lot of old favourites again…

Further along Maddens lane…

Stop 3: Coldstream Hills James Halliday needs no introduction to wine enthusiasts in Australia (or probably anywhere in the world). Coldstream Hills is where he set up his own winery many years ago (now part of the TWE group) and still retains some level of influence. A nice long tasting bar and some more beautiful…

Continue along Maddens Lane.

Stop 2: Medhurst (and lunch) A bit further along Madden’s lane and you come to Medhurst wines. This has a long, winding gravel drive and some very well behaved winery dogs that seem to like their lazy Sunday time to lounge about on the ample lawns. What we liked: Medhurst has a rose which is…

Turn at Maddens Lane.

Stop 1: Squitchy Lane Wines Squitchy Lane winery is a small operation that makes all their wines vegan friendly. For those who don’t care about veganism, don’t worry, this just means they avoid fining products (egg whites is the most common) in the production process. What we liked: For a small winery, the variety here…

French v Australian Marsanne – what is the difference?

Marsanne is a wonderful white wine grape that has a spiritual home in the Southern Rhone in France. Due to the onset of Phlorexia, Tahbilk winery in central Victoria now has the oldest Marsanne vines (1927). As regular readers will know, the Walkabout Crew absolutely LOVE Tahbilk Marsanne, so when we found a French Marsanne…

From Babylon to the Barossa

Grant Burge of the Barossa Valley in South Australia makes a lot of quality wine. Three red wines in particular though have really caught our attention since our last Barossa road trip. Named after the three wise men of Babylon who were thrown into a fire pit for refusing to worship a golden idol instead…

Christmas in a bottle

Head north on the Melba Highway (past the Dixon’s Creek Café) and you will find this little beauty of a winery on the Eastern side of the road. This winery is home to one of the most unique sparkling wines you will ever try: Sparkling Temperanillo. Originally Spanish, Temperanillo produces wine that is dark purple…