Words by Brett Huxtable.
Our annual Wine tour happened back in late May, so missed the dead line for June’s CC. It was a joint event with the BMC-Leyland Car Club. We had a great turn out of about 32 people with a huge contingent from the BMC CC.
We all met at the Baxter BP for a coffee and a chat about our cars. There was a great mix of cars from old classic Morris Minors to a modern Land Rover. I even took my VL commodore out for a run! We had a glorious day with sunshine and the odd cloud or two. After a short impromptu chat about the day, we were off. First stop Stonier Wines.
We were sat under the veranda basking in the full sun whilst we did our tasting. Great views over the nearby vineyards and blue skies made it very pleasant. Even though it was almost winter. Some great wines to be had here, notably the Chardonnay and the pinot noir. Several purchases were made.
Next off to Quealy Wines. A short trip up the road found us at Quealy winery. A Smaller producer, however Kathleen is the guru of Pinot Grigio/Gris. We had our tasting in the barrel room with some nibbles too. Some yummy alternative wines here. Here we had the opportunity to see some amphora’s (terracotta barrels) and I gave a talk about barrels considering the surroundings.
Next off to lunch! We headed south basically along the coast to Flinders to have lunch at the golf club. What a view! Lunch was served promptly considering the numbers and we could sit back and chat about cars and life whilst watching the golfers tee off on number 1 and enjoy the view of the coast. After lunch we headed off to Dromana Estate.
Here we were greeted with an impressive view of the old homestead and weeping elm tree. This was a popular place for a social catch up and also for weddings. Some interesting wines here and they did have some great cellar door releases too. I have to admit I bought a couple of cases to top up the quaffing wine section.
We finished our day here and departed for us to return home. With easy access to the freeway it was a short hop skip and a jump home. Except for Francis who travelled to St Leonards!
Thanks to all who attended.
Will see you next year. Not sure of a destination as yet, maybe Macedon or even a weekend away to the Pyrenees area!