We’ve arrived and the wine is more amazing than we could have ever imagined!

We are here!  So far Australia is everything I hoped it would be and so much more.  Even Chad, who is normally so laid back, is excited by our adventure.

A long flight


We both tried to sleep for most of the 26 hours of travel, which featured a couple of flights.  Luckily Chad didn’t have to worry about the luggage during connections.  We headed straight for the hotel we had booked in the center of Adelaide.   Adelaide seems like a really great city and if our taxi driver is anything to go by, the locals are extremely friendly, just as we were told they would be.  It was slightly difficult to pick up everything he said as he spoke really fast, but I am sure we will get used to the accent.  He seemed to like calling us Yanks!

Chad was very happy when we arrived at the hotel as he didn’t have to deal with the luggage.  A smiling porter was more than willing to ship everything up to our room joking with us all the way.  Chad could learn a thing about luggage transport from him!

What a beautiful room


The room we booked was beautiful and thoroughly modern.  It had some spacious furniture and all the mod cons you would expect for a room in a modern hotel.   I loved the bath the most and it helped to soak my weariness away in no time at all.  The room had some stunning pendant lights hanging from the ceiling. I had to ask the hotel manager where he got them because I wanted to ship some home for myself. He told me he ordered the pendant lights from this online store. Perfect! Each had an independent switch which allowed you to choose exactly which areas of the room would be lit.  It really added to the overall atmosphere.  I am definitely going to convince Chad to install some back home when we undertake some home decorating.

While I was soaking in the bath, Chad decided to get out his fancy new resistance bands.  He really wants to stay in shape while we are away from Columbia Cascade Winery, knowing full well that we will eat and drink like kings.    I think he is wasting his time.  I think his motivation will last for a couple of days although I will give him credit because he has used them every day at home since he bought them a couple of months ago.   Let’s see how right I am about this.

Wines to die for


After a great night’s sleep and an excellent breakfast, we headed out to the Adelaide Hills to visit some of the local wineries.  What can I say, we were really impressed.  Not only are the wineries extremely well run, but the wines are fantastic.  In all honesty we probably enjoyed them a little too much.

The Adelaide Hills themselves have more than 40 cellars to discover and we intend to visit a fair number of them while we are here.  The climate here is perfect for producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.  We tried all of them at the various cellars we visited and they were top quality.

Not only do they produce wine in the region but outstanding olives and olive oil as well which were perfect to line our stomach before another tasting session.

I can’t wait to try out some more wines tomorrow!