Easter Saturday and myself and 8 others were on the Hunter Valley tour.
While marketed as a wine tour, it actually ends up being a mix of things and while wine is the majority, it's only just. That seemed to work well for our group, people including myself seemed happy that there was also a stop at a cheese place and a chocolate place while in the Hunter Valley. Of the three wine related stops, one is the lunch stop and doesn't have the usual tasting routine - rather you get four mini glasses of their wine on the table, to match with the various aspects of the lunch.
Before getting to Hunter Valley there is a stop at Australian Reptile Park that combines morning tea and wildlife. It's nothing out of the ordinary but they were waiting with a koala and a baby alligator for us to see and touch, and the usual feeding of kangaroos. A nice break that wasn't too long. Next stop was at Wollombi Tavern to try the local legend "Dr Jurd's Jungle Juice".
Max was our guide for the day and as we were keeping to good time he took us a couple of back roads to show and tell us various things, even a quick stop to hear some bellbirds. He's got a lot of knowledge about the area and some surprising personal involvement in some of the stories he has to tell.
So overall the day becomes quite a variety of people, places, scenery, food, and some wine as well! I liked it that way. Being a small group thing you end up getting to know everyone else - Hi there to our mix of folk from America, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the English rose.
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