A warm, roaring, welcoming log fire is what greeted us at Yangarra Wine Estate when we stopped off at their cellar door recently. Situated at 809 Kangarilla Road, Kangarilla, the cellar door has a beautiful room (with said fire) and a lovely deck to enjoy the view over the estate.
Yangarra offers a different experience to what my usual visits to a cellar door are like. At other places there has been crowds of people, with harassed looking sales staff trying to keep up with all the different requests from people. But at Yangarra the approach is totally different and totally relaxing.
There is a tasting fee of $10 per person, but for that you get to take home a Spiegalau Yangarra-branded stemless wine glass, which look great.
We were fortunate enough to be the only people there so we settled down on the comfy sofa next to the fire to let the tasting begin. There were 7 in total ranging from $25 to a $100, with a mix of reds and whites. I was intrigued to know if I would be able to tell the difference between a $25 bottle, and a $100 bottle.
The very nice knowledgeable lady described each one, telling us what to look out for, and a bit of history of each wine. After the first tasting (a very nice Shiraz), I said it would be lovely to have some nibbles to go with this, and I was promptly offered a cheese platter for us to share. For $16 you can get a plate of rustic bread, lavosh crackers, a fig and walnut roulade, and a choice of cheese from Kangarilla Creamery. We chose the ‘Soft Cow’ cheese which was delicious.
Over the next couple of hours we chatted, tasted each wine, and munched our way through the cheese platter, and had a very enjoyable time. The wines were great, and I particularly liked the Shiraz (pictured), and I did not go home empty handed. The location, atmosphere, welcoming staff, food and wine meant I left feeling relaxed and chilled, and looking forward to returning.