fredag 8. februar 2013

Tasmania, day II.

Tasmanian road trip, day 2; February 2.
Distance: George Town-St Helens 

Drops of rain: none! 
Number of roadkill; 10-20 
Wines bought; two, wines drunk; 0,5 

After a chai latte and a sandwich for breakfast at the local cafe we left George Town and continued on through the Pipers River Region. The most popular vineyard here is Pipers Brook where we made a stop to taste some wine again. We bought a Ninth Island 2012 Pinot Grigio.

Next to the Pipers Brook (within the Pipers Brook estate) is another winery called Jansz. Cathrine had tried their sparkling wine in George Town. The woman inside the wine room was really nice and gave us some advice about what to see and do for the road coming up. We bought their Premium Non Vintage Rose. 

After leaving wine country we came to Bridport (pop 1235) where we bought something to drink (Hartz, local Tasmanian mineral water) and had a walk on the beach. Apparently this place is popular with leisure-seeking Tasmanians. The sea temperature was not too bad here, I could actually have enjoyed a swim!

From Bridport we drove inland through Scottsdale, Branxholm, Derby and Weldborough to Pyengana. We were told that the happy cows live in Pyengana, so we had to see that for ourselves! Do you see the smiles?

"Pyengana" is derived from an Aboriginal word describing the meeting of two rivers and it is these together with the high rainfall here, that make ideal dairy pasture (LP). We bought local cheddar cheese, tried their ice cream (suppose to be heavenly rich) and had lunch at the Holy Cow Cafe.

We stayed the night in St Helens (pop 2000) at Artnor Lodge. The place was supposed to be exciting, but we were unhappy to not get dinner after 7.30. We ended up with cheese (from Pyengana) and crackers in the room with the rest of our Goaty Hill Pinot Gris.

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