Within the period of cut-price bottle outlets, wine subscriptions and on-line purchasing, why can we nonetheless love going to vineyards? Maybe it is the romanticism of being amongst the vines, however I believe it is greater than that. ‘All of us desire a piece of that artisanal, pre-industrial, back-to-the-woods authenticity once we dine,’ Terry Durack wrote earlier this 12 months, and he is proper.
One Sunday, when the climate was neither right here nor there – I might describe it as categorically Melburnian – we make the 40km drive to Bungendore to style wines. Established in 1978, Lark Hill is one in all Canberra’s better-known vineyards. Its wines, notably the whites, seem repeatedly on wine lists at high eating places throughout Australia. It is a straightforward 35 minute drive by Canberra’s scenic bush panorama.
Lark Hill’s wine bar guarantees easy, informal meals that is designed to share. It is a ravishing venue with excessive ceilings, a shocking trendy chandelier on the entrance and a white eating room that overlooks the winery.
The menu is brief and the wine record is lengthy – simply the best way I prefer it. Crammed with tempting choices like previous vintages and ‘Classic Verticals’ to match, I am glad I pulled the birthday trump card to keep away from driving. The previous vintages are motive sufficient to make the drive – the house owners maintain again a restricted variety of instances which can be solely bought on the restaurant; they don’t seem to be even out there to buy on the cellar door simply 50 metres away. At $56 for a cheese board with two 80ml glasses of wine, the ‘Classic Vertical’ is not low cost however is a beautiful choice to have.