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PCV Hunter Valley Tour

The Porsche Club of Victoria organised another successful interstate tour, this time around NSW from 9 to 17 April. Some 75 members in 37 cars met at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Canberra to kick off a seven night / eight day tour from Canberra to Merimbula.

We left Melbourne at 'O-Dark Hundred' on the Friday morning in convoy with Chris & Julie Mason, to get an extra day's sightseeing in the nation's capital before the tour kicked off. An excellent idea as we got in some interesting walks, a photographic session and a fine Italian meal at 'La Scala' .

The first official function was a guided tour and formal dinner in the Mural Hall at 'new' Parliament House. Wow, what a venue with outstanding food, wine and service. The tour was officially off to a sensational start.

Day Two was a free morning followed by lunch with members of the Porsche Club of Canberra at Lake George Winery. The weather wasn't great when we met at the Black Mountain Tower and only slowly improved as the day went on. The luncheon venue was excellent with heaps of food and very good local wines to accompany it.

The Group
The Group @ Lake George Winery - Photo by Julie Mason 2011

At some point the next day, we left for a long-ish drive to Bathurst. Apart from incessant roadworks, it was a pleasant and easy drive across the central plains of NSW. For those that arrived in time, road legal speed laps of the Mt Panorama race circuit were available and Robin took her turn at the wheel of the Boxster to enjoy the delights of Mountain Straight, the Cutting, Skyline, the Dipper, Conrod Straight and Caltex Chase. She loved it! Dinner was an enjoyable and high-spirited affair in the Chicane Restaurant of the Mirvac Hotel, on track.

An early start the next day had us on another lengthy session to Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley towards the highly acclaimed Peppers Resort.

Neither Robin nor I had been to the Hunter Valley before and apart from the reputations of the wineries, we didn't really know what to expect. Our expectations were further confused when not far from our destination we passed a military installation and a very large (and active) artillery range plus a number of coal mines and power stations. Could we have made a wrong turn somewhere? Well yes if you followed the tour guidelines & notes, but no if you listened to the dulcet tones of NavMan/Woman who guided us safely to our destination. Dinner was supposed to be a garden BBQ, but inclement weather forced us indoors for a slightly cramped BBQ / buffet.

The next day was free I think, with maybe a guided wine tour in the afternoon. We lucked into a great option with Rothvale Winery and Tamburlaine (organic) winery on our tour. Gentleman Max from Rothvale was a 'dry' treat as he lectured a pretty unruly group on how to properly hold a glass and taste wine. The organic wine story at Tamburlaine was most passionate and interesting. And the wine tasted pretty good too, so we duly ordered a dozen to be shipped home.

The Boxster in Autumn - 2011

More detail to come.

Robin at the end of Conrod Straight, Mt Panorama - Photo by Julie Mason 2011