A couple of Monday's ago we went of a little road trip to Waipara. Our destination, Greystone Winery. Our goal . . . grapes.
Nick from Geystone Winery offered us the chance to head off into the vines, an offer that was taken very seriously; we couldn't wait to get out there.
So we arrive to find the Waipara Valley with a beautiful mist and the sun shinning. The sort of morning that makes you wonder why you don't do this sort of thing more often.
It was Stunning, but I'll let you be the judge of that . . .
So when we got to Greystone, Nick pointed us in the direction of Pinot and Pinot Gris vines and left us to enjoy the morning. Now lets be serious here, we weren't getting a huge amount, just enough to use in the Deli, so it didn't take long.
Which gave us time to enjoy the view and being amongst the vines. We haven't walked around a vineyard for a long time.
My brother used to be a vineyard manager for Train Track winery in the Yarra Valley in Victoria and we used to head out there when we could. Even camping amoungst the rows during a New years Eve gig at the winery one year.
To give you a little insight into how my mind works; it's the parallel lines and the symmetry of the vines that I think looks amazing. To be able to walk through the rows, to be within the symmetry, I find surprisingly calming.
So as I said we weren't picking for long, which gave the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the morning and the view and take a few photos.
This one, we think, is one of our best.
So the result of our little road trip to Waipara was a couple of nice buckets of grapes we intend using in the coming weeks.
Look out for grapes one of this weeks salads; Beetroot, Quince, Grape and Black Cardamon Puree with Cumin Roasted Carrots, Hazelnuts, Rocket, Currants.
Huge shout out to Nick for the opportunity, we loved it, and hopefully our customers will too.