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    Sculpture garden

    by iandsmith Written May 8, 2009
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    Favorite thing: I like looking at arty things so it was not unnatural that I should be attracted by the title "Sculpture Gardens".

    Fondest memory: These are situated on Hermitage Road at Mistletoe Wines. In the mown area and at the dam are lots of these mostly free standing sculptures pictured here. There's also a small selection of paintings in the building that houses the wine tasting and sales area.

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    Wine tasting

    by aussirose Updated Oct 7, 2008

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    Wine tasting

    Favorite thing: 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)

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    Hunter Valley countryside

    by aussirose Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Hunter Valley countryside

    Favorite thing: The Hunter Valley countryside is really pretty. Apart from the vines everywhere, there is pockets of natural Australian bush and lots of nice dams. Here is the view looking down from The Mill, a nice restaurant we went to across the road from our accommodation.

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    How white wine is matured

    by aussirose Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: We did a wine school at the Hunter Valley Resort where we stayed for the week.
    Here is a pic of a big vat in which white wine is kept. Young whites are matured for about 6 weeks. Reds take much longer and they do them in oak casks.

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    Vine pruning

    by aussirose Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Australian grape vines

    Favorite thing: Here are the vines, just pruned. It's June, winter time and we learnt that the vines bud in September. Then the vines are individually looked after, making sure they trail over the wire so that the grapes hang down. Picking season is in February/March.

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    Pokolbin - smack in the middle of wine country

    by aussirose Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Hunter Valley map

    Favorite thing: Here is a map of the Hunter Valley - 3hrs north of Sydney. You can do the wineries here on a day trip from Sydney or do what we did, stay for a week and savour the great wines, cheeses, food, gardens and countryside in the area. I have lots of lovely memories of the Hunter Valley to share with you and I hope my tips are helpful.

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    Tempus II

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    A different approach

    Favorite thing: This is a shot of Tempus II, at the time of writing the latest in a now long line of new wineries in Australia's most popular wine tasting area. While others have evoked the traditional or rural styles, this one has opted for a different direction and stands in contrast to some of the others nearby.
    It is linked to a famous wine family called McGuigan. The daughter had been dragged back to Pokolbin after a successful career in catering and starting pushing a particular wine brand. Unlucky. The French to offence to the fact that it was one of their traditional names and slapped a writ on her thus condemning 2 years of work. Almost, but not quite daunted, she carried on and thus was born Tempus Two (second time, get it?).

    Fondest memory: I can still vividly remember when Pokolbin Estate was built back in the late 60's. Thinking how modernistic it looked and what a dramatic bit of architecture it was.
    In the new millenium it doesn't even rate a sideways glance, such has been the development of Pokolbin. With each passing month some new edifice arises to entice the eye, soon to be outdone by another just down the road.
    From corrugated iron roofs supported by wooden posts to the type of building you see today has all happened in the space of 40 years. From a backyard industry to a thriving, internationally renowned business, this has been the story of Australian wine and has changed its drinking habits irrevocably.

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    Just horsin' around

    by iandsmith Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    The idyll of it all

    Favorite thing: The vineyards are where people come to relax and enjoy cuisine and wine. Some also choose to take the relaxing even further and jump in a hot air balloon, ride a bike or get in a cart behind a horse.
    If you want to do the balloons then balloons@balloonsaloft.com would be the quickest way to get your info.

    Fondest memory: Every time I go up there I see one of these liveries trotting around and you can't get anything much more serene than a good ole draught horse towing you around the vineyards on a balmy spring day.
    This is what the drivers and horses do while the passengers are in buying wine. It's a hard life, but some one has to do it!

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    Photo opportunity

    by iandsmith Written Feb 20, 2004

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    No, they're actually floating

    Favorite thing: There's lot of chances to get some good shots off around Pokolbin, either the background of the Broken Back Range, the lovely variety of architecture or the floral highlights.

    Fondest memory: Since the Hunter Valley Gardens have opened, they have really put all other horticultral efforts into second place. This particular shot is taken in the shopping area adjacent to the gardens, also owned by Roche. It is a particular favourite of mine as the lily pad seem suspended in mid air.

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    Way to go

    by iandsmith Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    So much to see, so little time

    Favorite thing: You'll see these all over the vineyards. Signposts pointing out some of the attractions. Coupled with your guide map from the information centre, you will find them very useful if you are self-navigating.
    One of the local icons happens to be on this particular sign, Tyrrells, one of the earliest and dating back to the 1800's.

    Fondest memory: There are so many side streets to explore and many of them have lovely vantage points over the Brokenback Range that it makes it worthwhile to explore.
    The key intersection in Pokolbin is where Broke Road and McDonalds Road intersect. Once you're there you can fan out to the majority of the vineyards.

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    Broken Back

    by iandsmith Written Feb 1, 2004

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    On a not so clear day

    Favorite thing: Some of the new restaurants have sought to combine some of the lovely landscape as part of the features for their restaurant.

    Fondest memory: The latest one (2004) to do so is Elysia, part of the Cypress Lakes complex. It's decidedly up-market but has a well staffed kitchen and simple but quality layout of the restaurant that doesn't detract from the view.
    The scene is of Broken Back Range which can be seen from most places around Pokolbin but this is certainly one of the best angles.
    Elysia is actually the name of the whole accommodation and health resort complex, the type that if you have to ask "How much" then you can't afford it, but, having said that, the facilities are excellent, with tennis courts, gym, masseurs etc. on tap for the guests.

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    Hunter Valley Gardens

    by iandsmith Written Nov 28, 2003

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    Behind these walls

    Favorite thing: The variety of things to do.

    Fondest memory: First there was a winery, then a motel, then there were a couple of shops, then a playground, then the Hunter Valley Gardens, the church and a whole lot more shops (or were they before the gardens?). The development of this site has been amazing. For those with the odd dollar or two and wanting to while away half a day, you'll have no problem if you pull up here. Behind this wall are many ways for you to spend your hard earned, but, isn't that what you've been working for?

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    Going to the chapel?

    by iandsmith Written Nov 28, 2003

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    Would you build this for your daughter?

    Favorite thing: So, there you are, faced with the prospect of your daughter getting married and not a decent church in sight. What to do? Build your own obviously! Wonder why you hadn't thought of that yourself. (Perhaps money had something to do with that decision!)

    Fondest memory: Well, it didn't stop the Roche family. I mean, the 20 million they poured into the wonderful Hunter Valley Gardens makes the cost of a small church seem insignificant. The result is a church where anyone can get married and what a wonderful setting it is. From inside the church the judicious placing of the stained glass means the sun lights it up brilliantly for much of the day while from the outside there are the delightfully landscaped gardens by the pond, just the setting for those wedding photos.

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    How red wine is matured

    by aussirose Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Hunter Valley wineries

    Favorite thing: Here we are (that's the other couple and our wine teacher) learning about red wine that is stored in oak casks. Most of our oak casks come from France.

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