Janet’s Tour Diary – November 2013
I am just back from China since we couldn’t refuse an invitation to meet our importer and share a cross-cultural experience. I travelled with a friend to Foshan in Guangdong province while Ron stayed home to manage cellar door.
Our tour diary was jam-packed from 10am-9pm visiting wine shops, meeting family members and being guest of honour at a few dinner parties. Alas, no time for shopping!
It was exciting to see The Darkie and Premium Fortifieds featured on shop shelves and to meet the buyers and sellers and even their families.
We were escorted to places of cultural interest, served tea and visited a famous house and garden of ancient times. As you can imagine, the food was amazing. In a village restaurant, we got to net the fish and shellfish we were going to eat, then we picked out the green vegetables, and then it was served at our table and continued to cook on a hot plate in the middle. The Chinese like their fish fresh! In terms of wine, they loved the off-dry Gewurztraminer Riesling.
At the dinner parties we played guessing games – like how old the old vines are, what animal we see in the vineyard etc.
It was a privilege to get this opportunity. Next time I hope to take someone else in the family.
Meet “Tigger”, a Cairn Terrier, who is currently in training to become our new cellar door dog. His utter cuteness and cheeky personality has taken us all in.
Why the name “Tigger”? Inspiration from this song struck a chord as he bounces through the vineyard.
He’s waiting to meet you!
Once again, we cleared out the sheds to host this annual event with pop up wine bar, band on stage and mobile food vendors. We were all glad for the shed space as the day was a cold blustery day in late June.
We had our most diverse range of food yet which pleased young and old. Popular Adelaide food truck Sneaky Pickle served up a tasting plate of a mini pulled pork bun and beef brisket burger with fried and fried pickles on the side. Alexandrina Cheese Company trekked all the way from Mt Compass to offer cheese tastings, platters and cheeses to take home. And for sweets, Little Dot Bake Shop returned after a successful outing at our 20th Anniversary celebration with divine sweet indulgences. There was also a stall selling quality dried stonefruit from the Riverland (the same used in our drunken fruits).
Music was provided by the local trio Finnigan who kept the crowd swaying with a good mix of folk and country with an Irish twang. Children were kept amused by a master animal balloon maker. There were two fortified workshops hosted by Ron to highlight the developing flavours of our four different grape varieties. A sensory skills quiz was prepared to match various odours with their descriptions.
Thanks to all who assisted with this huge event and to everyone who attended! It was fantastic to see so many new faces and to hear that people had travelled far and wide.
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We are always asked to provide tips for tourists and visitors to the Barossa. There is a great list featured in the winter issue of Barossa Living Magazine. It offers more to see and do than just activities for vinophiles. You can take friends and family a bit off the main tourist trail and show off areas of natural beauty with amazing lookouts, it also covers foodie and cultural hangouts. We must thank the crew from Lyndoch Hill for the mention too!