Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Rosemount at Denman in the Upper Hunter Valley

Rosemount cellar door

Morning tea anyone ?

Roses on the mount (groan)

The wood cellar (the winemakers ball is held in here)

The best thing was the smell, which reminded Denis & Olga...

... of when Olga used to make wine in Yugoslavia.

The wine bottles enter from the right

Bottles are washed and sterilized first, then filled and corked in the...

Here the bottles are loaded in sixes into boxes

Boxes on their way to be filled

The wood cellars from outside the bottling plant

Containers waiting to be shipped (finished goods store behind)

What a lot of wine !

The tank farm

Let the tasting commence !

The Roxburgh vineyard

Little fluffy clouds

Terra rossa

Olga scrumping grapes

Denis sniffing the fine bouquet ?!

Very happy wine visitors

Last vineyard shot for the day

Big thanks to Jim Fitzpatrick (the Rosemount site manager at Denman)

The second day of our Hunter Valley trip took us to the Upper Hunter where Rosemount have vineyards and make their wine. Sarah had again arranged this visit with her old workplace and we were treated like royalty. Tea and homemade cookies on arrival, a tour around the wood cellar (where the wines age in oak barrels), the production facility where the wine is bottled and packaged, and, then back to the cellar door for winetasting. It couldn't have got any better when they asked us if we would like some lunch with a bottle of the wine we had enjoyed the most. Superb !! Bruschetta to start, rack of lamb, cheese to follow then coffee and port. A big, big thankyou to everyone at Rosemount who made us so welcome.

Then to top it all we were then shown the Roxburgh vineyards nearby where the best white grapes are grown on a patch of terra rossa (red earth). It was really great to complete the picture. Thankyou to Jim, Cynthia, Melissa and Alison at Denman in particular and a big thankyou to Jeffrey and David in the UK. We headed back for another swim (temperature today was 39 degrees !!) and got to bed early again ready for a short drive up the coast to Byron Bay tomorrow. Still solid.

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