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Around the time these photos get published, I should be out on a six-day walkabout in Blue Mountains. I'll come back to that later, but now while I'm there I thought let you see something that Hunter Valley is known for, its vineyards.

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A week before Melbourne, I took a tour to the vineyards in Hunter Valley. The atmosphere is really relaxing and you'll get to know a lot of things regarding winemaking and tasting from some of the vintners themselves. During the day, we visited several cellar doors, acquainting ourselves with different wines that are produced in the area.

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It was delightful to note that even without being an expert, it was quite easy to distinguish different flavors. We even tried out a few vintages of the same wine, and to everyone's surprise, there really was a notable difference. Of the white wines I remember trying out at least Chardonnay, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Verdelho. Red wines included Petit Verdot, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. A dry variety of Sémillon proved to the best to my liking.

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Additionally we had a go at some sparkling, dessert and fortified wines as well as a few different liquors. Some of them can be seen in the above photos.

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And the best thing: wine is relatively cheap here. You can get the cheaper ones at a cellar door for less than $10, and with $20 you'll get any one of the most common wines. In the photo above you can see some of the more expensive ones. In fact, most of the American exchange students have turned to drinking only wine instead of beer and you can hear them complain how beer is more than twice of what they're used to pay. Tough world. 

Last Updated (Friday, 22 August 2008 21:26)