Saturday, May 10, 2008

Coolangatta Estate Winery

The first winery we visited was Coolangatta Estate Winery. Located in Shoalhaven Heads, in the foothills of Mount Coolangatta, it is a short 10 minutes drive from Berry and only two hours from Sydney – definitely perfect for a weekend drive.

We visited with a lovely group of people as part of a Club46 event, the Gerringong (and Shoalhaven) winery tour.

Club46 at Coolangatta Estate Wines

We were given a taste of several wines, along with a talk about the local grapes of the region and some of the history of the estate, including the
origin of the word Coolangatta and the fact that the Coolangatta of NSW was actually the first town to be named Coolangatta, although the one in Queensland is the most well known.

Coolongatta Estate Winery

Coolangatta Estate Wines

The resort facilities are top class with 18th century architecture built by convicts in what is known to be the first European settlement on the South Coast of NSW. Accommodation includes The Cottage Block, The Convict Cottage, The Stables, Servants Quarters, The Plumbers Block, The Lodge, The Blacksmiths Shop, The Harness Room and The Dairy.

The Coolangatta Regional Lunch Plate looked amazing from the photo below (below the sign)
(Image source: Coolangatta Winery Website)

The platter includes Greenwell Point Oysters, Kalamata & Manzanillo Olives, Small Cow Farm Fetta (Robertson), Tahitian Local Fish Salad, Trusst Cucumber Salsa (Sussex Inlet), Trusst Oven Dried Tomatoes (Sussex Inlet), Nowra Unicorn Brie, Coolangatta Estate Almond Bread,
Highlands Thai Beef Salad with Noodles and Shoalhaven Heads Bakery Flowerpot Damper including 50mls each sample of their Semillon, Verdelho, Chambourcin and Sauvignon all for $25.00.

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