20/05/16 Back in South Australia wine country again; this time the Coonawarra region in the State’s south-east that we’d missed getting to when we were in SA last year. We set up camp at the Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park, a farm stay just north of Penola in the midst of the vines, our base to visit the local wineries. We were the only ones there and had the run of the place.
My new best mate was Luke, the farm’s Big Black Dog, who was always up for a game of fetch the stick. And the local moggie was good for a nice pat as well. Just what we needed to top up our empty pet tanks.
The van was set up beside a pond that we were told was loaded with marron. I was informed after my puzzled look that marron was the local name for freshwater crayfish or yabbies. Note to self: Get into the marron asap!
We had a quick lunch and spent the afternoon doing the rounds of the cellar doors. We did five tastings within a few short kilometres of the campsite, and I was starting to think we’d have to extend our stay to do equal justice to the rest of the district’s cellar doors. Back at the van, the day was rounded off nicely with an antipasto meal of local produce and a glass or two of wine.
As chance would have it, we’d arrived in the district for the 25th Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, featuring lots of performances, exhibitions and workshops at various venues around the area.
Day Two, we selected more samples from five more wineries, and after a pub lunch in Penola, took in a few of the festival exhibitions around town. Both days had been very cold, overcast and drizzly and, as we’d reached saturation point of both the tastings and the weather by then, we decided to move on while the van still had a little storage space not taken up by wine bottles. No marron hit the plate unfortunately, the weather being too miserable for sitting out by the pond.
“Wine does not make you FAT; it makes you LEAN (against tables, floors, walls, and other people).” – Anon