IF you ever needed an excuse to visit Glenrowan, the Queen’s Birthday weekend is the time to do it when the region’s cellar doors play host to the Trails, Tastings and Tales festival.
The boutique event involves four wineries and one brewery which makes it doable in a day for those wanting to eat, drink and be merry without racking up a lot of kilometres, while still getting to enjoy winter in the natural beauty of the Warby wonderland.
I recommend starting early and starting hungry so you can make it a five course indulgence and sampling some different wines like Morrisons Italian blend Fiano Garganega, might just be an education.
The wine has a really unusual aroma and while there is some familiar peachy fruit, there is also almond, honey and musk- like florals which must be from the Garganega.
It has golden colour and medium body with hints of apple, peach and spice on the way to a dry, citrus finish.
It would go nicely with the richness of potato rosti or even the minestrone on the festival menu, and at home it would match with my vegetable frittata.
Those visiting the cellar door can also brush up on their wine knowledge by joining Bob’s Wine Class which starts at 10:30am each day over the weekend.
All of a sudden, going back to school seems a lot more palatable.
Find out more at the cellar door in Glenrowan or go to www.visitglenrowan.com.au for more information about Trails, Tastings and Tales.