Back in September, I went with a group of eight friends to the Hunter Valley for a thirtieth birthday celebration. It was an absolutely decadent weekend of eating, drinking, and games – pretty much what the doctor prescribed for a lazy and soul-rejuvenating weekend.
We all arrived by late afternoon on the Friday, and settled into our beautiful holiday house, rented through Airbnb. It really was the perfect house for our group, especially when the others generously let K and I claim the master bedroom with the ensuite bathroom! With two lounge rooms, an enclosed verandah, a galley kitchen, and four bedrooms, it meant that we could break into separate groups when needed – some playing games in the main lounge, others reading quietly in the smaller lounge room next to the roaring fireplace, and others yet again smoking a birthday shisha out in the verandah.
The Saturday was spent out wine-tasting around the beautiful Hunter region. As I’m still strictly not drinking alcohol, I and another friend took responsibility for the majority of the driving. This proved to be a wise choice, as our compatriots spent over an hour and a half at each of our stops, possibly imbibing more alcohol than wise!
Piggs Peake Winery was one of our first stops, and proved extremely popular with my friends. Most walked away with a few bottles up their sleeve, and they particularly enjoyed the opportunity to taste some wine straight out of the barrel right at the end of their tasting. This tasting stretched well into my usual lunch hour, and I think my friends could tell that I was getting hangry – it was time to leave for lunch!
But we also stopped into the Cocoa Nib pop up chocolate shop in the same winery, to buy some delicious sweets. I walked away with this block of Turkish Delight and Pistachio, which was the perfect combination of crunchy nuts and soft jellied Turkish Delight. I also enjoyed the Rocky Road as well.
After an extremely late Saturday night nibbling on a delicious antipasto and cheese platter purchased from the deli in Tempus Two, we woke up for a late breakfast and wine tasting at Gartelmann Wines in Lovedale before relaxing on their lawn with a game of Finnish Finska. We finished our stay in the Hunter by dropping into Sabor in the Hunter (read full review) for a dessert lunch.
All in all, a most delightful weekend away with friends!