Wine and chocolate…..is there anything else to life?!

We’ve spent time with friends and family and now it’s time to head back towards Melbourne where we will fly home.  I have two requests one being that we stop in Yering home to the Yarra Valley Dairy and the second being that we do a food tour.  Hubby wants to see a few wineries so we agree that wine and chocolate are the perfect ending to our whirlwind Australia trip. Yarra Glen is home to a zillion wineries….okay maybe I exaggerate a bit but there are a lot. We both love wineries but are sad that we can’t bring much home. Along our way we stop at a little country store for lattes.  I miss my tea latte, they were fantastic.

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We need a baked good to go with our lattes

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DeBortoli
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Yering Station
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The gardens at Yering Station Winery
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Retail shop at Yering Station Winery

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We have no plan so we just stop when something looks interesting.  Hubby really says nothing when I mention Coldstream Hills, so we drive up with country road and make another stop.  Much to my delight it is a winery owned by wine critic, author and wine maker, James Halliday.  He says nothing as I look at the photos on the wall.  It is a quiet drizzly afternoon in wine country so we begin a chat with the retail assistant.  As it turns out she is filled with stories about wine stewarding for oenophile royalty and we just can’t get enough.  After a bit of tasting we head back to the car and I blurt out “hey, that was like meeting Tiger Wood’s caddie but in the wine world!”

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The awards showcase that catching my eye confirming my beliefs.

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Coldstream Hills
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Rochford
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Hot Air balloon over the vineyards….such a beautiful sight

 

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Two kookaburras
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As I look for koalas in the trees I spot another rare sight a yellow tailed black cockatoo!

 

I must admit that I’m not really sure about the order of our visit as I reflect back but I did actually have my own designated driver.

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And there in the hills I see it….chocolate!

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We hit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie  at a perfect time right before Easter.  It was filled with bunnies of all shapes and sizes and smelled divine!!!DSC_0491

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