Coonawarra ….. we loved you.

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Onwards and upwards and more excitement.  Helen & The boys hadn’t crossed the border to SA and were sooooo excited that we had made it that far.

We had the absolute pleasure of camping in a field between the red gums and 5 sheep at Sue Bell & Steve Brown’s Winery: Bellwether Winery at Coonawarra.  This is such a relaxing beautiful peaceful part of the world – the Cellar Door is amazing, Sue bought the property in 2008 and it was a shearing shed up until 2009.  The ambience and history in this place is delightful and we were truly grateful for the hospitality and thoughtfulness of Sue & Steve.  This is by far the highlight of the trip so far.  We were made to feel so welcome.  Steve showed us through the vegie patch and told us to help ourselves, which we did. Broccoli, leaks and cabbage were pilfered with a few herbs and duly cooked up.  Fire pits were used for the marshmallows every night.  Kookaburras sang the sun to sleep and sung us all awake.  The birds were amazing.

And you know what, it’s the little things, it’s the thought, care and small details which make a stay forever memorable.  Sue has added touches of true thoughtfulness to her Winery – and Ladies, we all know it’s the little things which bring us joy – bathmats in the amenities instead of stepping on cold ass tiled floors after you’ve just gotten toasty under the shower, heaters in the family amenities room, a beautiful claw foot bath and every amenity has thought, a lovely trampoline for the kids and a beautiful swing under one of the old red gums, chooks, an over abundance of goodies that are available for everyone – toaster, kitchen, washing machine with pegs left on the line.  It may sound simple, but it is these special touches and genuineness of Sue & Steve which bring out the generosity and community spirit.  We even had a cuppa of Choc-Orange Rooibost Tea which Steve brewed up for us when one of Sue’s friends dropped in who we were introduced to and invited to join in.  This place rates 5 Stars in my mind and we were delighted that Sue & Steve shared more of their story with us – Garth was able to interview them for a PodCast and we’ll post it here ……  Click now!

Check them out at:  Beautiful Cellar Door – one not to be missed and we can highly recommend their 2014 Shirvaz/Malbec and their 2010 Cab Sav – yum!

We also visited some other wineries in the region-  we would recommend Redman Wines – the 2013 Cab Sav was delicious, Baird Landing, well you can’t go wrong there.  Seriously, they are good.

Here’s the hot tips for Wineries in Coonawarra region from a few very reliable sources:

  • Xema Wines
  • Wynns

And then there’s Robe.  A 120km journey to the beach from Coonawarra for a little stop off for Garth at Robe Town Brewery.  Tom O’Reilly took Garth threw the Brewery, the Beers and he’s done a little snap shot about that for you as well.

Click here for Tom’s PodCast.

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