Wine tasting,.. ha...the best bit. We had our own private room and I learnt lots. The most amazing thing I learnt was how to bring the aroma out in wines. You know how you see the poshy wine conasours smelling the wine and swirling it around in the glass etc... Well I learnt that if you take a red and put a bit in the glass then smell it. Well that's ok... (big deal you say!!) Then swirl it around in the glass for a bit and smell it again. And guess what? The aroma is so much more stronger! Well I was amazed!! Yep, give it a try! I think you'll be as pleasently surprised as I was. Here is the wine tasting room. (I think Jesse was more amazed at the lights than the wine...haha)
Mistletoe Wines. I liked this place because they were unique in that they produced a nice rose wine from shiraz grapes. Also they reckon people come up and buy cases of the stuff near Christmas because it's a nice light easy drink and a great idea for gifts.
Ballooning in the Hunter Valley
"Ballooning over the vines"
A long time ago hubby and I thought it would be romantic to go ballooning over the Hunter Valley. We had to get up very early in the morning as it's the calmest time for take off. They tested the atmospheric pressure by sending a little balloon up. The first morning it was too windy and we couldn't go, so we had to do it all again the next morning.
Here's the burner. They test fired it while it was still dark..
We all got involved in putting the balloon together..
There were 2 balloons and we watched the others get into the basket of the first one..
Here we are leaving terra firma. That's the vehicles down there. They had to follow us all the way to be there when we landed..
It was so quiet and peaceful. The view was lovely, with the patchwork of vinyards, farms and scrub. The only noise was the occasional shot of flame to keep us up..
Our shadow and the other balloon's shadow..
Our balloon's shadow over the vinyard..