Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published September 8th 2016
Cenosillicaphobia - the fear of an empty glass
What is a trip to the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast without a stop-over to a local Vineyard? The weather was perfect (well, perfect for a taste or three) of something to warm the cockles of your heart!
Flame Hill Vineyard - Image: Elaine de Wet
And, along came the Flame Hill Vineyard and Restaurant - a superb locale four hundred and twenty metres above sea level and at the highest point in Montville, on the Blackall Range. Flame Hill creates one hundred percent estate-grown wines, hand-harvested and sourced from plantings up to eighty years old. Flame Hill has a range of their own farm products, an award-winning Restaurant, on-site luxury cottage accommodation and specific signature events, like the annual Stomp grape harvest festival, which all assist to boost the Queensland wine-tourism experience. 'Flame Hill is a true paddock-to-plate venue, where cuisine, wine, scenery, setting and hospitality are all in harmony' - thanks to Flame Hill's website.
Rich, warm, welcoming colours - Image: Elaine de Wet
The exterior of the Cellar Door and Restaurant were fairly unassuming, but upon entering, the colours would blow your mind - in case, you'd never noticed, I love colours, anything in a colour immediately appeals to me. Hubby asks me, what car would you like, I respond I don't mind as long as the colour is right; choice of any alcoholic beverage for me, the colour is usually the deciding factor - a real connoisseur.
Wines and Gifts on Display - Image: Elaine de Wet
Decorated in warm shades of red, with a very welcoming indoor fire place all lends itself to a vineyard offering true hospitality with a welcoming ambience of kindness, service and of course, wine.
Fireplace to warm the cockles of your heart - Image: Elaine de Wet
As we had already had lunch, the Restaurant was a no-go area, but we settled back to enjoy some incredible wine tastings - three on the house or six for $6 and what superb wines these were. With the weather being a bit cooler, I opted for something a little more on the sweet side:- a Pinot Gris - a little on the dry side for me, but beautifully refreshing; a Summersault - which is a blended white wine dominated by Muscat Blanc from Flame Hill's Kurrajong vineyard, perfect for drinking with a cheese platter, it was light, very palatable and refreshing; and the Wild Child (don't you just love the name) - an aromatic off-dry, perfect for summer wine that would definitely appeal to the playful nature in all of us.
Cenosillicaphobia - the fear of an empty glass - I can definitely relate - Image: Elaine de Wet
Needless to say, we didn't walk away empty-handed, coming away with an extra four bottles of wine - our wine rack is a bit low since our last overseas visitors is our argument and we're sticking to it.
A tasting of Flame Hill's farm products - Image: Elaine de Wet
Flame Hill Vineyard offers guests a selection of cottages, from one bedroom to three bedrooms, so if you're looking for somewhere special to stay, with the most extraordinary views, 2.2kms outside Montville Village, I would suggest this would be the perfect spot - convenient enough to be able to access everything this fantastic area has to offer, but away from the general busy-ness of the tourist strip that is Montville Village.