Do you love walking? Do you enjoy wine? You do? Great! Because I love walking and wine too. Why walk and wine? Walking is more than just a visual experience for me. It is a complete therapy, a combination of sensory pleasures. Dramatic landscapes, rugged peaks, trickling streams, the earthy and uplifting smells of eucalyptus, dirt and rock. The warm breeze on your skin or the cold sting of a biting wind on your cheek. Seeing, smelling, feeling, being. It is like hitting re-set for my brain.
Where possible after walking I like to indulge in a final sensory experience: taste. And what better way to taste the landscape I’ve just enjoyed than through wine? The vines dig their roots down into the soil and rock drawing up the flavours below. The sun and rain add their part and then the winemakers infuse science and art to finish the job. A good wine will allow you to taste what you have seen, smelt and breathed on your walk. Walking and wine complement each other beautifully. It is truly a complete sensory experience.
Of course not all bushwalking destinations are in wine country, so in those instances I try to sample some local produce, maybe have a wine I already know is good, a cold beer or a good old cup of tea. However you choose to take your refreshments after a walk there is one thing I know for sure – it always tastes better when you’ve earned it!
I have always loved the great outdoors. I spent my childhood running around on acreage and not coming inside until dark. School holidays were spent camping and bushwalking around South East Qld and Northern New South Wales.
My love of wine took a bit longer to develop no thanks to the women in my family favouring tipples like Maglieri lambrusco, Mateuse rose and Black Tower Riesling. I have memories of pestering my mum and aunties for “just one sip!” and coughing and spluttering and thinking how on earth could anyone like wine? (Apologies to those of you who like and drink these wines, the beauty of wine being there are so many styles of wine everyone should be able to find something they love) Thank goodness a few family friends knew a thing or two about wine and at 20 years of age my love of wine began.
My passion for travel, bushwalking and wine have only increased over the years. When my husband and I had our son in 2011, people told us “This is the end of your bushwalking and winery adventures”. I told them it wouldn’t be and they would just nod and say “you’ll see”. And I thought to myself. No. You will see. You will see that I can still pursue the things I am passionate about even with a child.
So yes we have a child now, and obviously things are very different to life before children. But I believe most parents still want to enjoy some of the things they did pre-kids. Yes it requires more planning and a fair whack of compromise but that’s better than sitting at home and not trying. There is a different kind of enjoyment and reward that comes from travelling with a child. I get to see the world again through the innocence and wonder of a child. I get to teach my son new things and share wonderful experiences together. Of course sometimes it all goes pear shaped and I think what am I doing, but I am persistent (read stubborn) and I refuse to let the occasional bad experience get in the way of my passion.
Because I love walking, wine and travel I talk about it all the time. Through this blog I want to share my walking and wine stories and encourage and inspire people (including parents!) to explore Australia. I have a lot of information stored in my head so some of this blog will be a brain dump so to speak from previous trips I have done as well as writing about new adventures. I would also like it to be a community, a conversation between like-minded people who enjoy walking and wine, so please leave comments so that I don’t feel like I am talking to myself!
So what are you waiting for? Get inspired, jump in the car or book that plane ticket and visit some of the amazing places Australia has to offer. I might even see you there!