Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wining and Dining in the Wairarapa

Last weekend was our 7th Wedding Anniversary. Can you believe it? We can't. Aaron took me away for a relaxing weekend over in the Wairarapa. The weather forecast was aweful - and a few hours after we got over to the Wairarapa they had closed the road over the Rimutakas due to the 140 km/h winds. Fortunately this didn't interfere with our plans to go wine tasting around Martinborough. In fact it was nice and quiet as there were very few Wellingtonians there.

We went to 3 wineries. We like to go to the small ones that don't sell at the supermarkets, and where the person doing the wine tasting/selling is usually the wine maker. This time we went to Hawthornwaite where Mark, the South African wine maker, spent a good hour telling us all kinds of stories, about the wine, about how he came to have a winery, etc.. We were about half way through tasting the wines when his wife came out and the stories all stopped.... and we were then rushed through the last few wines.

The second winery we went to was Muirlea, where the wine maker is a real character and was getting us to try his experiments with mixing Pinot and Syrah... interesting how the Syrah overwhelms it even when there was much less of it. Finally we went to an old favourite, the Cabbage Tree vineyard, where they make the only chardonnay in New Zealand that I like and where the woman was very chatty and we chatted about life the universe and everything - especially the terrible job the current government are doing...

After a nice dinner and a wild blowy night, we went to the local daffodil fair in Carterton and had a quick look around and helped the local economy... before heading back to Wellington. A very pleasant weekend.

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