Traditionally between Christmas and New Year in Australia, businesses close down and people tend to have a brief holiday wherever may be convenient for them. Being fortunate enough to have this time off (sans child!) I headed down to a region 3 hours from where I live which is a very well known wine and produce region - what better way to spend a few days!
Whilst down there I decided that I MUST visit a particular vinyard. I started drinking a wine of theirs a few years ago - it's a perfect quaffing wine for a hot summer day. Nothing outrageously sensational, not expensive and not that easy to come by, but just a good, enjoyable wine that has accompanied me through many a lazy (hazy?) evening.
So I got my phone out, got the address and headed off down the highway. I turned down a very small, single lane road and then turned off on to a dirt road. Ooookkkkkk...not unusual in rural Australia, you do find quirky little wineries at the end of dirt roads, but there was no signage, making me think something was different. I kept going down the dirt road, which became narrower and narrower and came to an end at someone's house. And that was it. My happy drinking wine was produced here. I was at the right address, the feature the vinyard was named after was there, but it turned out it was obviously a very small, family operated producer, who were yet to establish a cellar door or any such thing. Other than being disappointed with not being able to fill my car with some cases of wine, I thought it was quite cool that this was where my wine was made - almost like a little secret.
Do you have any tales of trying to get to the root of where your favourite product is made?