We were recommended this place by a relative who had told us about the wine tasting that they offered. Not being wine experts, but enjoying a nice glass when we find one, we happily went along to sample the delights.
What we found was a wide array of different types of wine, expertly poured by a member of staff. the same staff member was also able to let us know all about the wine we were drinking, and what we should look for when tasting. Like i said we are not experts on wine by an means, but they took that on board and were happy to give us a less complicated session that appealed to our limited pallets. The staff also helped us understand wine tasting and were patient and very understanding.
We were not limited to just a few select wines, and we were able to sample nearly all of the range on offer, which was close to 20. Reds, whites, roses, dessert, and fortified wines were all on offer and you could retry as many as you wanted. There was no pressure to buy and all they wanted for the tasting was a small $5 donation. We stayed for food so our tasting was free.
The food we ordered was a simple meat and cheese selection platter which was not expensive at all and easily fed the three of us with a wide array of products all locally sourced. The staff member was happy for us to order and pay later and provided us with a list of the wines we had just sampled with the knowledge that should we wish to purchase a bottle we could make an informed decision on what we may like to buy later. He asked us what we had enjoyed during the tasting and then made little notes on the ones he would recommend, which was a nice touch. With out meal we had a glass of wine as well and the final outcome was a bill that was less than $45 for 3 people with two glasses of wine! We did eventually purchase a bottle but was surprised that it was not as expensive as we thought, cheaper than some duty free shops.
Highlights and plus points:
Great staff and helpful
Beginner, novice and expert levels of wine tasting
No rush atmosphere
Large array of different wines
Amazing local food
Good value for money
Tasting bar is a little small so if there are a lot around it it can take a long time! (just a niggle)
You will need a designated driver
Overall you have to go, even if you just want lunch and to enjoy the views!