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Saturday, January 22, 2000
Sydney to Bellbird (Cessnock), Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
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Bellbird (Cessnock), Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia:
Latitude: 32° 51' 20" South
Longitude: 151° 19' 28" East
Altitude: 349 feet
From Seattle: 8651 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Bellbird Hotel

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: New South Wales
Start: Sydney
Stop 1. Rothbury Estate
Stop 2. McGuigan Cellars
Stop 3. Calais Estate / Little's Winery
Stop 4. Bimbadgen Estate / Terrace Vale
Stop 5. Pepper Tree
Stop 6. Scarborough Win Co.
Stop 7. Tamburlaine
End:Bellbird (Cessnock), Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Linear:116 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1017
Linear Dist: 199327
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 251
More stats...
Hotels: 326
Friends / Family: 271
Camping: 120
Hostels: 221
Transit: 65
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3616
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Journal Entry:
Up way to early for the drive to the Hunter Valley. Had a fell day tasting - managed to taste 45 wines from nine wineries. Some of the wines were fantastic - the biggest surprise was the Chambourcin from Calais Estate, I'd never tried one before. The first taste was a bit overpowering, but once I adjusted the rest of the glass was incredible. My other pick of the day was the Tawny Port from McGuigan Cellars. As it started to get late, found a room at a pub and crashed for a couple hours. Went out to a nice diner - but skipped the wine...

Wineries and my favorite wines:

  1. Rothbury Estate - Cabernet Merlot
  2. McGuigan - Tawny Port
  3. Calais - Chambourcin
  4. Little's
  5. Bimbadgen - Signature Shiraz, Non Vintage Port
  6. Terrace Vale - Cabernet Merlot
  7. Pepper Tree - Reserve Malbec
  8. Scarborough
  9. Tamburlaine - Merlot / Cabernet


Related Sites:
Australia's Wine Planet
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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