Robert Stein Vineyard, Mudgee

Round 2 – Trip 6 – Mudgee

Itineraries

November 2018

This was just a quick one night weekend road trip with a girlfriend. Being about a three and a half hour drive from Sydney it can easily be done as a one night trip, but it certainly would have been nicer to stay an extra night and explore more wineries if we had the time.

Day 1 – Sydney to Mudgee

Depart Sydney at 8:30am. Drive 90 mins.

Breakfast at Synonymous Cafe in Medlow Bath.

Depart 11am. Drive 2 hours. Arrive in Mudgee.

Lunch at the Zin House, 5 course set menu for $95.

Visit the Lowe Wines Cellar Door on the way our to purchase wines sampled at lunch.

Check into motel at 4:30pm. Stay at the Wanderlight Motor Inn in a ‘Large Delux Ground Floor’ room with a queen bed and single bed for $176.

Short walk for light dinner and drinks at Roth’s Wine Bar with live music.

Day 2 – Mudgee to Sydney

Breakfast at Pipeclay Pumphouse at 8:30am.

Visit the Robert Stein cellar door on site with Pipeclay (open from 10am).

Visit the Pieter van Gent cellar door.

Visit the Moothi Estate winery for a tasting and light lunch.

Visit the Logan Wines cellar door.

Drive back to Sydney – 3.5 hours.

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Paint & Sip Pop-Up Art Class

Adventure

Where: Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park, Sydney. Australia.

When: October 2018

Duration: 2 hour class

Cost: $60, which included a glass of wine, canap├ęs from the market stalls and all art supplies

For a while now I’ve been seeing my Facebook friends doing art classes with wine. I didn’t really expect that I would be good at painting, but pretty much anything is better with wine right, so why not?!

When I saw an article on these pop-up classes at the Sydney Night Noodle markets it seemed like the right time to try it out it. On a beautiful warm night the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park are really fun. You grab some food, you find a table or a spot on the lawn and you listen to music underneath both the city lights and fairy lights, and soak up the atmosphere.

But Sydney was going through what felt like a flood. It has been raining for two weeks and Hyde Park was a swamp. Seriously, gumboots would have been the most appropriate outfit choice.

But, myself and two of my gal pals had booked the tickets weeks ago, so on the night we trudged through the park to find the Brands Laira wine marquee to get our creative juices flowing a.k.a get our wine.

Upon arrival we were shown to allocated seats in a very pretty little tent to the side of the Brands Laira tent. It was also a swamp inside, but there wasn’t much that could be done with the weather. Food was circulated as we awaited the full crew to arrive.

When the majority of the guests were there we were introduced to our host, an artist who would show us step by step how to create a specifically selected vineyard scene. She talked us through our equipment and how the session would progress. She also warned us that most people find placing the first bit of paint on the canvas the most nerve racking part. True, very true…

First we started with the sky, then we progressed to the grass, then added shadows where we would soon paint the vineyard trees. The initial stress of worrying about placing the horizon too high or low rapidly dissipated, perhaps aided by the wine, and we were soon relaxing and painting with ease whilst listening to a great retro playlist.

As I looked around the room I noticed that everyone’s work of art looked just a little bit different, including our teacher’s version versus the image we were shown when booking. Some look great, some probably only great at a distance, a far, far distance. But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?

After filling in the trees, adding a wine barrel and perhaps the most difficult part, painting the delicate wine glasses, we were almost finished. The only thing left to do was to sign our masterpieces.

The 2 hour class went quite quickly, but I felt like we had plenty of time to get the painting done. We were also given tips on how to make sure it dried quick, particularly important on a Friday night class when we were heading off to a bar afterwards. After a quick group photo we were all off on our way.

Cork & Chroma have studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for classes and you can check out the event calendar on their website http://www.corkandchroma.com.au.

Would I do it again? Yes, I’m actually looking forward to visiting their studio in Surry Hills where the lighting will no doubt be better and the wine is BYO!

Would I recommend it to you? Yes, it’s the perfect night out with friends. Relaxing, yet social, with the added advantage of being able to drink wine whilst getting creative.