FEEL AT HOME AMONG THE GRAPEVINES WHEN YOU VISIT STANTHORPE
Arriving at Stanthorpe after dark, the chill of winter is still in the air. Thankfully, I was warmed by the welcome I received at Ridgemill Estate in Stanthorpe from owner Michelle Feenan.
Waiting in my spacious cabin was a bottle of rose, fresh fruit, a hulking bed with more pillows than a department store and a wood-stocked fireplace. It was the perfect way to whet my appetite for the temptations to follow.
I don’t consider myself a wine aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, however, experiencing the dedication that goes into every single bottle at Ridgemill Estate gave me a new appreciation. Guests have the opportunity to see “wine whisperer” Pete McGlashan at work, with the cellar door now open seven days.
After waking early, I took the opportunity to explore my Stanthorpe surrounds, starting with a stomach-filling breakfast.
I drove up Maryland Street where a chic, modern venue caught my eye. You can eat your fill of fine fare at Fork and Cork, but I was just as happy with the traditional bacon, eggs, toast and sausage.
After breakfast, it was time to take in the sights and what better way to do so than by adopting a bird’s eye view.
The Mt Marley lookout is simply breathtaking. It is nestled in the trees, with the option to take a walk through the bush.
Back in town, you can’t progress too far in Stanthorpe without a mention of apples, so it was fitting that would frame my final experience in the region.
Sutton’s Shed Cafe is a must visit, if only to try one special dish.
Sutton’s apple pie has a reputation that stretches beyond the town, and it was certainly on my afternoon tea menu.
My sizeable slice was served with cream, ice cream and a glass of dry cider ... and it definitely deserved a toast.