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…

Tons to enjoy at Mitchelton

Mitchelton winery is in the Nagambie Lakes region, a short drive from Tahbilk. The two wineries, however, could not be more different. Where Tahbilk is heritage listed buildings, Mitchelton is continually modernising everything from the restaurant menu (which, like Tahbilk is EXCELLENT) to the accommodation to the tasting room. What we liked: A lot of…

Has Smithy seen the light?

In the very best years with the very best fruit, Warrabilla wines, led by the artisan winemaker Andrew “Smithy” Sutherland Smith make the Parola’s label wines. 2018 was a Parola’s year for Durif. As mentioned in a previous post, it is uncommon for a Parola’s year to not include Shiraz and Durif, so we were…

The modern apothecary

Travellers to Daylesford should seek out Roger at Herbal Lore for a wine experience with quite a difference. All Roger’s liquid offerings are based on wine grapes (including a range of Gin products), most famously his medicinal range of herb-infused fortified wines. It is not uncommon to find 40 or more different herbs infused into…