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Why not go for a Winery Experience for your group…. minimum of 15

There’s nothing quite like the ambience of a working winery when it comes to a relaxing, fun and informative ‘day out’ for groups of 15 or more. Tastings of our wines and fortifieds (all preservative-free and made with pride, passion and a respect for tradition), a smattering of wine ‘fun facts’, some food matching suggestions….…

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Interesting festive facts…. the words Christmas and Noël don’t look alike at all so what’s the connection?

I’ve always wanted to know: why the word for Christmas in French is ‘Noël? The word Noël comes from the French word ‘noël’ meaning ‘the Christmas season’ and is a variation of the Latin word ‘natalis’ which in Western Christian traditions references the birth of Christ. The word Noël first appeared in English sometime in…

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A shepherd, a nymph and an abandoned lunch…..

I don’t know about you, but I tend to enjoy a ‘side dish’ of trivia and background details with my food and drink. If you too are so inclined, join me for the occasional post on the stories behind the names and origins of various foods. A shepherd, a nymph and an abandoned lunch! For…

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Purple confetti, a table and two chairs…..

This has to be one of the most delightful times of the whole year as clouds of mauve fill the landscape. We are privileged to have several very old Jacarandas forming the canopy in our old garden. The sprinkling of fallen flowers that form a mauve carpet bring sheer joy to both the eye and…

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A special occasion… a special gift.

Everything is possible, including organising a long distance gift. Scenario: Local lady celebrating a significant birthday, long term friend lives across the Tasman. Hmm….. a special gift, locally crafted. No problem! Organise a bottle of our bubbly, delivered, birthday girl surprised and delighted, friend chuffed. Smiles all round. Do-able!!

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A Cheese Platter for 2… why not!

Who’d pass up the chance to ‘eat in’ with a Grazing Plate, a good bottle of HILL OF ROMISE WINE and no worries about driving home afterwards. When you are making your booking, make that a CHEESE PLATTER FOR 2 – $40 as well.

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Beauty is all around us.

Yes, THE DRY is still with us and in spite of it, Nature calls us to look for a different kind of beauty or maybe just look a little harder to discover her gifts.

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Looking for inspiration?

Looking for inspiration? Look no further than Nature. The Chinese Date Plum has put aside its bare winter coat and is sending out green buds of hope and joy. This tree changes daily and what were little hints of green a week ago are now emerging leaves and flower buds. Within a few days there…

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WHAT IS THAT SONG!

If you have a Grey Shrike Thrush sharing your garden, then count yourself 0h-so-lucky! Here at Casa Nostra we have a pair and their song is a source of constant delight. The Little Cellar Rat thought she heard a new songster and went down to investigate. No, it was the thrush! Perhaps they are singing…

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