Glad I am to be in Victoria’s excellent wine region, the Yarra Valley, an hour north east from Melbourne. Three nights here mid week without a weekend crowd means we can make a serious dent in the considerable army of cafes, wineries and distilleries on offer.
It’s not all a bed of roses here in the Yarra – Grapes are smaller and being harvested three weeks later this year due to the prolonged drought. Grape growers also have to contend with smoke tainted grapes from the bushfires.
We melted into Yarra Valley life effortlessly. It’s an easy going community where people are up for a chat and keen to showcase their excellent brews and food. I now have a pretty full cellar which should hold me in good stead for the next few months. Now to bottle all these great moments, take them home and float the idea that we must return.