On Saturday May 10th I visited three wineries on a tour with Club46 ( http://www.club46.com.au ) – a local company that arranges outings and events. I had always wanted to visit the wineries of the Shoalhaven and jumped at the chance to spend the day with my Mum on the day before Mothers Day.
The first winery we visited was Coolangatta Estate Winery. Located in Shoalhaven Heads, in the foothills of Mount Coolangatta, it is a short 10 minutes drive from Berry and only two hours from Sydney – definitely perfect for a weekend drive. The Coolangatta Regional Lunch Plate looked amazing from the photos and included Greenwell Point Oysters, Kalamata & Manzanillo Olives, Small Cow Farm Fetta (Robertson), Tahitian Local Fish Salad, Trusst Cucumber Salsa (Sussex Inlet), Trusst Oven Dried Tomatoes (Sussex Inlet), Nowra Unicorn Brie, Coolangatta Estate Almond Bread,
Highlands Thai Beef Salad with Noodles and Shoalhaven Heads Bakery Flowerpot Damper including 50mls each sample of their Semillon, Verdelho, Chambourcin and Sauvignon all for $25.00.
The resort facilities are top class with 18th century architecture built by convicts in what is known to be the first European settlement on the South Coast of NSW. Accommodation includes The Cottage Block, The Convict Cottage, The Stables, Servants Quarters, The Plumbers Block, The Lodge, The Blacksmiths Shop, The Harness Room and The Dairy.
The next winery on the itinerary was the newly established Two Figs winery. This was a smaller winery than the others but the wine definitely held its own when it came to its wines. My favourite was called ‘Sunday Afternoon’ and would have to be one of the nicest sweet wines I’ve had in a long time.
The last location on our itinerary was Crooked River Wines, a lovely winery and cafe that is located in Gerringong, NSW.
Our winery tour ticket included a starter of bread and semi dried tomato butter, a choice of four mains and a cup of coffee.
I met Brian Jackson, the owner of Crooked River Wines in Gerringong. A lovely man who moved to Gerringong to retire.
Great wine, food and company – what more could you ask for?