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Friends & Fun In Hunter Valley

by Tony · 8 comments

Big Chair In Hunter Valley

What do you get when you mix 2 insane couples with even more insane amounts of wine? I’ll tell you…

You get our 2012 Hunter Valley trip.

We met Brooke and Pat at the Travel Blogger Conference in Umbria last April and immediately clicked. By the time we made it to Australia in November, epic things were in store.

We met up in Sydney a few times and had a blast, but the craziness began when they took us Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley & Getting Ready To Taste Some Wine

This is why we can't do nice things, Meg....

Brooke & Pat learn you really can’t take us anywhere classy…

Located about 3 hours from Sydney, Hunter Valley is a must visit if you like wine. Brooke and Pat scored us an adorable cabin within a few miles of numerous wineries, so we were ready to taste!

The game plan was to grab wine, beer, and groceries and settle in at the cabin for the night. Definitely didn’t want to get too wild with a full day of wine tasting lined up early the next morning…

But with good friends and lots of food, we quickly turned things up a notch.

One simple game of Uno turned into a marathon battle of wits with ever-escalating stakes. Pat was the first to lose 3 games and his punishment was that he had to dip his finger in every wine we tasted and then rub it on his lips during wine-tasting the next day. Brooke was the next to lose 3 games, which meant she had to raise her hands to the roof and loudly yell “pop-pop” upon entering every new winery. Finally, Meg lost, and it was decided she had to utter the phrase “just the way I like my men” whenever anyone described their wine…

Don't laugh at Brooke...

I quickly learned that laughing at Brooke’s Uno misfortune…

Don't cross Brooke...

…Can be super scary:)

As hilarious as it was to give the rules out the night before, it was just as terrifying to see them in action the next day.

Wine Tasting In Australian Wine Country

Wine tasting in Hunter Valley

Luckily, Australians in wine country are pretty dang cool and all of our antics at the wine tastings unfolded without creating too large of an international incident.

We started and finished the day at our favorite winery: Hungerford Hill Wines.

Why? Because how can you resist a seemingly endless free tasting session?

It was here where we jotted down the names of a few of our favorites in case we didn’t find anything better the rest of the day and wanted to come back to buy a few bottles. Despite some other great wines in the region, Hungerford’s EPIC Chardonnay blew me away and pretty much guaranteed a return trip once the tastings elsewhere were finished.

Tasting like liquid buttery popcorn, I bought a bottle and then spent the next 4 nights having a glass of it in my left hand and a bag of microwave popcorn in my lap. So freakin’ good.

Wine Tasting Around The World

In the past year, we have done wine-tastings in Napa (USA), Mendoza (Argentina), Split (Croatia), and Ko Samui (Thailand). Are you wondering how we found time to travel between drinking? So are we!

After a full day of wine tasting in Hunter Valley, we are definitely adding it to our list of must visit places for travelers. Every winery provided a ridiculous amount of free tastings, which is not as common in other wine regions. The tasting rooms were run by extremely knowledgeable, yet highly entertaining folks who could give you the ins and out of a particular vintage or just let you enjoy the company of the group you are with. Plus, how can you not love wine country that include lots and lots of Kangaroo!!!


If you have a few days in Sydney, it is definitely worth a side trip to Hunter Valley. Just be sure to invite a few close friends to get the most out of the experience!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

Brooke vs. the World January 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm

LOVE :) Was so fun hanging out with you guys — hope we can do it again, kangaroo boxing and UNO marathons and all!

Tony January 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Going through all of those pics was so much fun… maybe this time we’ll have to get pat stateside? A napa valley wine tour perhaps?

Noah of the Earth January 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Napa Valley tour. I’ll be your guide, your spirit wolf and your driver (probably not your driver tho. bad idea).

Tony January 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I do need a spirit wolf… book it for late March early April?

Noah of the Earth January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

my own personal spirit wolf (white fang – he’s half dog half wolf) guides me to the mountain for some snow fun in march, but april is probably doable.

Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) January 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Love that picture of Meg punching the statue. I posed with a statue at the Singapore Zoo so that it looked like I was picking a statue’s nose, and that got quite a chorus of giggles by observers… wonder how a crotch punch shot would have gone down…

I’m amazed they didn’t cut you off give your antics! 😉 Sounds like y’all had an amazing time; meeting up with fellow bloggers has been one of our travel highlights thus far!

Tony January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

We were shocked too… apparently we weren’t the first rowdy wine tour to roll through Hunter Valley!

We have a nice series of photos now of Meg behaving badly with statues… Maybe I’ll have to publish them all as a photo essay! Love the nose picking pic and that you had a crowd to do it in front of. Hilarious!

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