In less than an hour from Brisbane I was in the beautiful scenery of the Scenic Rim, sipping wine over the counter at Normanby Estates winery in Harrisville. Hosts Jenny and Mick greeted me warmly with a sampling of their award winning Verdelho.
There followed a smorgasbord of tasting ending with the rich flavours of peppers and clove in the Durif 2007 red. All was accompanied with a delightful cheese platter with olives and dried apricots.
Normanby wines - from website
The tasting is housed in a cool courtyard away from the heat of the day. The setting is amidst the vineyards surrounding the winery where Jenny and Mick live and tend to their vines. They are full of knowledge and proudly showed their awards from their fine selection of wines.
Closer to the delightful country town of Boonah Kooroomba Vineyards is perched high on a hill situated amidst a mix of vines and lavender. I passed over the wine tasting and enjoyed a light lunch with the magnificent views overlooking the Great Dividing Range.
With his military background there is a distinct theme in the naming of the wines with the Colonel's collection. David brings a military precision to his wine cultivation rising at dawn each day to attend to the grapes and vines. He recounted the trials and triumphs of the area's wineries and is a great ambassador for the Scenic Rim Wine trails.