The Hunter Games: part three

Dan’s birthday day is here!  After a restful and peaceful night’s sleep, we thankfully woke up to a sunnier day in the Hunter Valley.  We headed over to Vintage Golf course, which is part of a bigger holiday complex.  It was an extremely relaxing morning as I wrote blog posts over coffee and a beautiful view, while Dan spent a couple of hours at the driving range.

Chilling at Vintage Golf Hunter Valley

It struck me how rarely I get to enjoy time like this.  On our way back to the guesthouse, we stopped in at Waverley Estate Aged Wines after seeing the sign on the main road.  What a great find!  A beautiful building, view, and a very welcoming host – and golden retriever!

Waverley Estate Hunter Valley

Visiting Waverley Estate Aged Wines

The host at Waverley Estate Aged Wines Hunter Valley

We bought a bottle of the Sparkling Shiraz – if you haven’t tried this before, I highly recommend it – and took note of the 2009 Shiraz which was lovely. This was our other favourite, alongside Thomas Allen, as best wineries of the trip.  It is beautiful and the hosts are so friendly.

Wine tasting at Waverley Estate Hunter Valley

The view at Waverley Estate Aged Wines Hunter Valley

We headed out for Dan’s birthday lunch after this (after dumping the car at our  accommodation) which is covered in part four.  After lunch we ambitiously decided to walk a few kilometres to nearby wineries and discovered Gartelmann Wines and Adina Vineyard.  Gartelmann is very family orientated and each wine is named after a member of the family, which I loved and our host spent time explaining each blend.  Adina is more commercial, with a restaurant and other food to buy available on site, although the wine was still very good.

Lovedale Hunter Valley

We spent the rest of the afternoon taking in the views and good wines at The Goldfish bar as the sun went down.  The barman also made Dan and I custom birthday cocktails which were fantastic!  I’m starting to get very used to this lifestyle and setting already…