Wine Tasting and Sheep Shearing

(7/14/14)

This was my first experience at a hostel and the one we stayed at called was actually really nice. It helped that all the people in the room were all on the tour so we at least got to know each other really well.
After watching Germany win the World Cup we met outisde of the hostel to get on the bus. We drove to the Tyrrell Vineyard which has been family owned since 1858. They told us all the steps they take to make their various types of wines and all the eauipment they use. At the end of the tour we got to taste 12 different wines which included their whites, reds, 1 port and 1 champagne. My personal favorite was their Hunter Valley Moon Mountain Chardonnay.

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After a quick lunch break we drove 3.5 hours to The Dag Sheep Station that is out in the middle of nowhere. We’re staying in cabins on the grounds and after dropping off our bags in the room we went to the lounge area where there was a bar and we waited until the guy who shears the sheep to come. He arrived with 2 sheep and he showed us all the steps when shearing them for their wool. It was a very unique experience and I never knew they had to keep the sheep on their backs the whole time because the second their feet touch the ground they struggle and want to run.

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After the demonstration we went back inside by the fire for a nice home cooked meal. They served us lamb (of course) with potatoes and vegetables. After playing cards for a bit we all decided to go to bed. Successful first whole day on the tour!

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