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It's a Sunday, and winter is introducing itself with an entourage of rain and fog. The drive to Kangaroo Valley looks like footage for a tourism commercial -rolling greens hills, jersey cow farms and the unmistaken fresh air that can only be found in the country. What better way to spend a winters afternoon then by discovering a winery perched within a valley that is not only a cellar door, but also home to seasonal produce goods. Yarrawa Estate -located 11kms off the Upper Kangaroo Valley Road is established upon an emerald hill looking out onto a small lagoon.

Wine tasting at Yarrawa Estate
The scenic drive to Yarrawa Estate

Follow the tree lined Scotts Road and through the gates to Yarrawa Estate, where a rustic sign points to the cellar door. The views are breath taking, and suddenly you're a million miles away from civilisation.

The lagoon at Yarrawa Estate
Looking out to the estate's lagoon

Greeted by the gracious owners of Yarrawa Estate Susan and Mark Foster (and two larger then life Labradors), visitors will feel like they are coming home to old friends. The cellar door is established inside the couple’s home on the lower level, with timber walls lined with bottles of red, white and pink gold.

Heavenly view Yarrawa Estate
Wine rack

A table is set up for the tastings, its sunset and the view faces out onto the properties lagoon against the dense bushland backdrop. This is heaven on earth.

Heavenly view Yarrawa Estate
What a hard view to deal with

Starting the tasting session with lighter white varietals, the Jasmine Grace 2012 ($20 per bottle) is both a crisp and sweet drop. Made from muscatel grapes, it is one of the wineries best sellers.

The Verdelho ($20) is summertime in a bottle-light, and fruity to the palette the taste buds are left lingering with a sweet overtone created by the late harvest of the grapes. For those who prefer a less sweeter white, the Unwooded Chardonnay ($22) is fruity with twist of oak.

No wine tasting is complete without a cheese board, and I was fortunate to have a delicious handmade selection created by the generous and hospitable Fosters. It was a lovely touch that added to the inviting ambience of the estate.

Wine tasting at Yarrawa Estate
Leftover Cheese and wine

The award winning local variety of the Chambourcin ($24) is well worth the trip alone. This is an intense red which is voluptuous in its flavours. The aroma is herby and robust, with the first sip being dry but leading to a chocolate tainted aftertaste. This is a distinct variety of wine which uses a spray free hand picked grape.

Yarrawa Estate wine 1
Chambourcin bottle

Glass of chambourcin yarrawa estate
Radiant glow of Chambourcin

From the first sip of the Cabernet ($35), images of a cold winters night and an open fire place come to mind. It is a full bodied and bold flavoured red that would be married beautifully with venison or a lamb roast. Velvety and smooth, this was one of the most memorable of the wines I sampled.

In addition to the wines, there is seasonal produce which is available to purchase. Upon my visit, pecans and macadamias grown on the estate were available at $10 a kilo. There is also a selection of homemade conserves like Tangelo Marmalade ($10), Bread and Butter pickles and Preserved lemons.

Local Produce at Yarrawa Estate
Wall of conserves and preserves

Pecans and Macadamias
Tangelo Marmalade

Pecans and Macadamias
Nuts grown on the property

Yarrawa Estate put simply is stunning. It’s a combination of the personalised wine education and hospitality from Susan and Mark, together with the picturesque views of the valley, and of course the award winning wines. It is a destination that every oenophilia should add to their to do list.

Glass of chambourcin yarrawa estate
Lush bushland surrounds

Rating: 10/10

Where: 43B Scotts Rd Kangaroo Valley NSW.
Why: Award winning wines, beautiful views and friendly, knowledgable hosts.
Cost: Wine tasting is free, bottles start at $20 each.
When: Saturday 10-5.30, Sunday 12.30-5.30 and weekdays by appointment. To arrange a visit please call 02-44651165.

Good for kids: No

Take away: All wine and local produce purchases.


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Perfect write up for a perfect spot. The hosts are the most delightful couple you could wish to meet at a cellar door
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