June/July travel Journal

It is winter here in Australia and the shorter, colder days have meant a lot less travel for the walkabout crew but surprisingly not a lot less wine tasting and debate. We have finally had time to look back at some of our single bottle purchases over the last few months (of which there are…

Punch? Drunk. Love!

Right in the heart of St Andrews in the Upper Yarra Valley sits the Punch Wine Room. Unlike most wineries, Punch does not have a cellar door overlooking their vineyards and has instead leased a special purpose building from which to showcase their range. Visitors will learn the history of their colourful, “Friends of Punch”…

One Goat, Many Wines

Travel West from Ballarat on the M8 towards Ararat and you will come to the town of Beaufort in central Victoria. Right beside the road sits Michael Unwin wines, home of three wine labels (in order of cheapest to most expensive): One Goat, Umbrella Man and Tattooed Lady. What we liked: The cellar door is…

The Ugly Duckling

Pinot Meunier is most often found blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sparkling wines made in the Champagne style. Chandon offers a stand-alone single variety sparkling wine made exclusively from Pinot Meunier. Known as “Cygnet”, it is unfortunately a cellar door exclusive. Here is our review: The colour is unusual. More orange than pink,…

Hanging with Foxey

Foxey’s Hangout is in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula and proved to be a popular destination when we chose to take a day trip to explore the wineries of the area. We were quite happy we did. The first thing to note about this winery is that they do charge a tasting fee. This…

When the winemakers come to town

Food and wine shows are a great way to compare multiple wine regions in the one day without having to drive anywhere in between. This year, the Walkabout Crew scored some tickets to the Melbourne Food and Wine show and, of course, we spent the day experiencing multiple wine regions and meeting (or in some…

Dalfarras and the Prosecco party

Prosecco first came to Australia in 1998 and when it cleared quarantine and other checks, the first vines were getting established in the early 2000s. Victoria’s King Valley is well known for producing many tonnes of the grape for a number of wineries and labels. Today, Australian Prosecco can no longer be called an “alternative…