We are so spoilt in Australia because we have so many exciting and beautiful places to visit and explore. One of my most favourite places in NSW is the Hunter Valley and I was recently a guest of Emma’s Cottage Vineyard and Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen.
I spent a bit of time with Therese Kramer who is the owner of the vineyard along with her husband Les. The drive up to Emma’s Cottage Vineyard is about 2.5 hours from Sydney CBD, and once you turn off the F3 I find it a very pleasant trip. Therese made me very welcome, showed me around the property and most importantly, I had a fabulous tasting at the cellar door.
The wines are all made from hand-picked grapes grown on the property which creates a distinctive, clean and fresh flavour. The focus is on quality wine rather than quantity. I enjoyed the tasting and my favourite hands-down is the Shiraz! Then again I will always go for the Shiraz. Wines can be purchased at the cellar door or by direct order with free delivery for cottage guests to Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Accommodation guests can receive a generous 20% discount on current wine prices excluding specials.
The cellar door also features artwork by local artists full of vibrant colour.
After the wine tasting myself and two other guests, (www.newlyfeds.com.au) joined Therese in a tour of the property. By this time, we had finished a scrumptious lunch from Nanna Kerr’s and had tasted a fair amount of wine, so a walk was definitely in order!
Firstly, we checked out the accommodation, which includes 2x2 bedroom cottage, 1 x 3 bedroom cottage and 1 x 4 bedroom house. I stayed in one of the 2 bedroom cottages overlooking the vineyard and it was clean, modern and comfortable. Towels and bedding are supplied. Bring all your own toiletries including soap and shampoo plus pool towels if you intend on swimming in the pool.
The two bedrooms are generous with a nice comfy lounge room and log fire, dining table and kitchen plus a generous sized table out on the veranda.
The cottages are beautiful and the four bedrooms will easily house a big family.
Other inclusions are:
Crockery and Utensils
Following the tour it was time to check out the cemetery! I may be risking my reputation in writing this but I have to say old cemeteries fascinate me, I love to wonder about the history of the people buried there especially gravesites that are quite old. You can see pictured her the gravestone of some of the Tyrell family.
Once the tour was over, it was time for dinner! No rest for the wicked I tell you! We headed back to Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen and enjoyed a fabulous feast.
With dinner over it was time to retire to my sanctuary where I caught up on some instagramming and emails and relaxed before a blissful night’s sleep all alone in my cottage. Now from a girl who lives in the heart of Kings Cross let me tell you this overnight stay was a welcome relief from noise and pollution. With the call of the birds in the morning I took some time to take more photos and reluctantly headed back home.
DISCLAIMER: I was a guest of Emma's Cottage Vineyard.