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Wine tasting with an Adventurous Difference
You may never have thought you would see the words 'wine' and 'hike' in the same sentence, but Tom Robinson and Ashely Coats of Head in the Clouds Wines have put the two together to create an enlightening new concept.
They are running three hikes this year, each with their own unique wine theme. The one I attended on the 31st of August took us from the beautiful grounds of the Waite Institute in Urrbrae to the rolling heights of Netherby Knoll. Appropriately titled Eclectic and Elevated Adelaide Hills, it was a journey through over 20 wines from various grapes and styles of that region.
The next hike on the 19th of October is taking place at Norton Summit titled Intriguing European and the final expedition for 2014 takes place in Belair National Park on the 2nd of November and features Alternate 'Favs' from Interstate. At a cost of $30 it's a wine adventure not to be missed.
What to wear!
It was a little difficult to decide on the outfit for the day, because the idea of a wine tasting leads to the need for something a little stylish, but the thought of a hike warrants comfortable training gear.
So it was a bit of a quandary, but I managed to find something in between and the other wine hikers were similarly attired. Some more focus on the wine and others on the hike.
With that first hurdle out of the way it was time to join the group at the Waite Campus and find out just what this concept was all about.
Bubbles to Begin
We were greeted by the energy of Head in the Clouds Winemaker Tom Robinson and began introducing ourselves to each other, there was an air of excited anticipation as the tasting began. We all received a glass to use for the day and the corks on the bubbly were popped.
As we made our way up the hill at a gentle place there were many stops along the way to sample a new wine with a clear and informative description about the wine and its maker. The opportunity to chat with and get to know my fellow hikers along with Tom and Ashley was an added bonus as we trekked up the knoll, not to mention drinking in the scenery.
Just before the top we found a place to set out all of the gourmet snacks. It was so relaxing taking in the views and enjoying the delicious food that everyone had brought to share. This really made the afternoon as we all had an opportunity to connect over a nice drop and some divine food.
The only thing to remember once you reach the top and enjoy that final dram is what goes up must come down!
Steady as she goes!
This is such a fun and unique way to enjoy a wine tasting. I highly recommend coming along to one or both of the next hikes. You need to have a sense of adventure, general fitness and of course a love of wine, but the guys were really great at helping out and waiting for those of us who took a little longer to make each stage.