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Yass Valley Autumn Harvest Escape

Autumn is the best time of year in the Canberra region—not too hot, not too cold, and with the beautiful autumnal colours of the trees and countryside, what better time to get out and about to explore the cool climate wines, cosy restaurants, and history of the Yass Valley.

It’s all happening in April with Canberra Wine Week and the Makers of Murrumbateman—Harvest Hamper Trail which includes hampers in the vines, degustations, barrel tasting, lunches, gourmet platters, and much more! So sit back, lock in your events, and enjoy your autumn harvest escape!

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Tasty gourmet platters.

Canberra Wine Week offers up an amazing selection of events to choose from including tastings, festivals, lunches and dinners, grape stomping, wine tours, meet the makers, and smooth entertainment. Enjoy special offers from a couple of our faves with dinner at Gryphons Caffe Bar (courtesy Kerralee Wines Murrumbateman) and the Long Lunch at Lerida Estate Wines (Lake George).

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Wine tasting at Kerralee Wines Murrumbateman.

On the Makers of Murrumbateman Hamper Trail you can enjoy wine pies at Dionysus Winery, book a picnic hamper with dips, cheese, cold meats, tomatoes, olives, bread and crackers at Eden Road Wines, indulge in gourmet platters in the barrel room at McKeller Ridge, or you can try bottling your own wine at Murrumbateman Winery, plus much more. And, if that wasn’t enough to tempt your tastebuds, get your hamper trail passport stamped at only three participating venues (pick up your passport at your first port of call) to go in the draw to win a super hamper chock full of locally produced goodies!

If wine and great food doesn’t tickle your taste buds, there’s heaps more happening including stunning artworks by local artists such as Hillgrove Pottery, Creators Nest, Gundaroo Collectors and the newly re-opened Crisp Galleries. You can also explore the 19th Century architecture and heritage listed buildings in Yass and the surrounding region, plus walking trails in Yass, Gundaroo, and Binalong.

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Picnic in the vines.

And, seriously, who doesn’t love coming face-to-face with cute furry animals? At One Tree Hill Alpaca Farm you can take a guided walk through the farm, meet the alpacas, and stop in at the Farm Shop for a range of hand dyed and alpaca yarns and gifts. Book the 2.5 hour Aussie Alpaca Adventure to hand feed the alpacas, take them for a walk and give them a cuddle, and have short lesson in dying yard and how to skirt a fleece.

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Cuteness overload!

Click here for more information on current and upcoming events in the Yass Valley.

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Meet the Murrumbateman Makers!

The annual Murrumbateman Moving Feast is on again this weekend! From 29 – 30 September a number of Murrumbateman and Yass wineries will be serving up mains and desserts with a matching glass of their vino. You can tantalise your taste buds with this roving degustation of fine local wines and delicious tasting plates, and if it’s anything like last year, it will be fantastic—and crowded, so book now! Here’s a sample of what you can expect.

Eden Road Winery are offering a trio of Arancini with goat cheese and pesto, braised beef cheek with chilli jam, and wild mushrooms with feta, matched with 2015 Syrah or 2017 Pinot Noir. Indulge your senses with a triple choc brownie with home-made Baileys Ice Cream served with an East Lake sparkling or 2017 Canberra Riesling.

Yarrh Wines are serving up wood roasted butterflied leg of lamb with leeks in wine and walnut aillade, with a vegetarian option of roast sweet potato with chilli lemon sauce and mushrooms, paired with a 2017 Shiraz. For dessert taste test their famous pear and almond tart with a 2018 late harvest.

Dionysus Winery Who doesn’t love sliders followed by a salted caramel mousse! Dionysus have slow roasted pork belly with sriracha (hot chilli sauce) and slaw; and grilled haloumi, pickle, lettuce and Kewpie mayo, matched with their own Reisling. Followed by a rich salted caramel mousse made with Lindt chocolate and served with a dollop of salted caramel and cream—that’s got to be a winner! And comes beautifully matched with a Cab Sav.

Kerralee Vineyard was our favourite last year, and although much smaller than most of the others, family owned Kerralee is well worth a visit. Offering a Pot pie of beef slow cooked in Kerralee Merlot, topped with puff pastry, served with salad garnish, and comes with a wine of your choice. Their house-made cheesecake on a gluten free nut base topped with fresh seasonal fruit is totally yum! Matched with pinot noir rosé or my personal fave, their merlot rosé.

Delish slow-cooked beef pie 

But that’s not all … a total of 19 wineries are participating in the Moving Feast event, and you don’t have to just stick with one. You can choose your favourite main from one winery, and pop over to another for dessert. Savoury dishes are $25 and desserts are $20 and all come with the vino, and you get to keep your lovely Riedel wine glass worth $20. What are you waiting for?

Go to Murrumbateman Moving Feast to check out full details and book your tickets.

Murrumbateman Moving Feast in Review

Yass Valley is becoming the hub of NSW for its cold climate wines, and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast is a fantastic opportunity to discover some of the lesser known wineries in the region.

Avoiding the larger and more known wineries, we opted to wine and dine at a couple of smaller boutique places, and then popped into a couple of others—just for a taste … as you do.

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McKellar Ridge Wines. Beef Bourguignon and Veggie Pie.

Our lunch was at McKellar Ridge Winery just off the Barton Highway and about 20 minutes out of Canberra. This was well set up for the Feast and was probably the most commercial of those we visited. I can highly recommend the Beef Bourguignon and veggie pie—full of chunks of steak and veggies and with light puff pastry, and well matched with a wine trio of Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot and Cabernet Franc—the perfect blend. The sparkling Pinot Noir (an alternative choice) proved to be surprisingly heavy for a sparkling wine and one I doubt we’d choose again. The winery had also organised live music for the event—a laid back duo who played unobtrusively in the background.

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McKellar Ridge Wines. Matching our pie with sparkling Pinot Noir (l), and Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Carbernet Franc blend (r)

We had intended to visit Gallagher Wines—on Dog Trap Road—for dessert, but apparently so had everyone else who was at the Feast as they had sold out by 1pm!  However, the wine tasting was going full blast and for the Moving Feast their sparklings were out on display, and their sparkling Duet or Shiraz would have been the perfect accompaniment to their home-made maple ice-cream … but sadly it wasn’t to be. This is obviously a really popular winery for those ‘in the know’ and it has been flagged by us for a future visit.

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Kerralee Wines. GF cheesecake with berries

That said, we moved our dessert to Kerralee Wines, a small vineyard just off the Barton Highway. Don’t be misled by the size of this place—only 5 acres, but producing the best wines we tasted on the day. This is family owned enterprise over four generations, and I think they were all there on the day, and recent vintages have been named after grand-children. Nothing was too much trouble, and everyone was up for a friendly chat. We sat outside at a bistro setting placed under the trees, patted the Jack Russell Terriers roving around, and enjoyed the lightest gluten-free cheesecake I’ve tasted. Served with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, and matched with the choice of a Pinot Noir or Merlot Rose, it was delightful choice of venue. We were so impressed with the Merlot Rose that we purchased a bottle to enjoy later.

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Kerralee Wines. Matching delish cheesecake with Pinot Noir (l) and Merlot Rose (r)

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast is presented by the Makers of Murrumbateman, and ends tomorrow, 1 October—so get out there and enjoy the fabulous food and winning wines! And our thanks to Visit Yass Valley for providing us with the opportunity to enjoy a great day out.