Sydney, AU – Wednesday, Jan 15th, 2014

Today was the Hunter Valley Wine Tour with KangarrificTours.  I was picked up at 7:50am by our driver for the day, Sam.  It was a Toyota mini bus very similar to the Mercedes Benz bus that I took to the Blue Mountains.  I transferred on this mini bus the same way by transferring to the floor then to the seat.  After 2 other stops to pick up the rest of the group for the tour, 13 people total for the tour, we were on our way to our first stop the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park.  It took about 1 hour to get to the park.  This is park for mostly kangaroos, emus and wallabies.  It is pretty accessible with a slight hill to get into the park and a shorter but steeper hill to exit.  Inside the park it is mostly a hard packed sand that was not too difficult to wheel on.

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After coffee and and a small snack we were on our way to Hunter Valley.  This part of the trip took about 1 hour 15 minutes.  We started off at Hunter Valley Chocolate and Fudge for a tasting of chocolate.  I’m not a big chocolate fan but all the samples were very good.  The building is very accessible with accessible bathrooms.  Next we were on to Hungerford Hills Vineyard for our first wine tasting of the day.  There is a ramp up to the building making access to the building easy.  The vineyard also has accessible bathrooms.  We tasted 7 wines at Hungerford Hills.  This may sound like a lot but they are only allowed to pour 20 ml per tasting sample.  This equals to .0338 oz.  The best tasting wine at Hungerford Hills was the Heavy Metal Shiraz.  Our next stop was the Smelly Cheese Shop for a tasting of 4 different cheeses.  Don’t know the names of them all but they were all good.  We at lunch at a burger place next store called Tuk Tuk.  After lunch we were on our own for about 30 minutes where most of us did a wine tasting at Tempus Two.  We tasted 6 wines here.  All 3 of these places are accessible and located on the same property with accessible bathrooms.

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Mount View Estate was our final stop for wine tasting.  Melissa was our wine presenter and she was the best we had all day.  The view from the estate was also the best all day.  We tasted 9 wines at Mount View Estate the best here being the Late Harvest Semillon.  The estate building was accessible with what I was told was accessible bathrooms.  The final stop of the day was at Potters Brewery for a small tasting of beers.  The best beer I had was the Doctors Order a dark IPA. The brewery is accessible with accessible bathrooms.  I was dropped off about 6:45pm in Kings Cross.

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The tour was really good and I recommend taking the wine tour with Kangarrific Tours.  I had dinner in Kings Cross at King Chef Chinese.  Accessible with a small ramp from the sidewalk to the eating area.  No bathroom in the restaurant.

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