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Friday 10 March 2023

Playing around in the Hunter Valley: wine fun and games

Not made plans for Easter yet? How about a wine tasting and a lazy game of boule at family-owned and operated Scarborough Wines in the Hunter Valley?

Visitors can get a group of friends or family together and book an Offshoot wine tasting paired with a game of garden boules (also known as pétanque),

The experience comes with its own wine carts, so cellar door staff can guide you through the wines while you play.

Guests get to taste a selection of five or six Scarborough Offshoot wines paired with a share plate of cheese and crackers.

The experience costs $50 per person for one hour with a minimum of four people and maximum of six.

There will be four boules greens available every weekend throughout April, including Easter Monday.

Another Scarborough experience is a colab with Hunter Valley chocolate producer Cocoa Nib matching a vertical tasting of current and back vintage Black Label Shiraz and The Obsessive Shiraz wines from the cellar with as selection of four different chocolate bonbons.

Scarborough staff will guide guests through the characters of the wines as they have aged, and how they pair with the chocolate selected. This experience is $35 per person for 30-minute seated tasting. Available from Good Friday to Easter Monday with bookings essential.

For serious wine lovers wanting a vinous experience, the Keepers of the Flame premium wine tasting focuses on the range of the same name

The first three vintages (2019, 2020, 2021) are chardonnay and have been made from small parcels of fruit picked specifically for the project. The wines are paired with a gourmet cheese board designed to delight foodies and wine-lovers alike.

This 1 1/2 hour experience costs 90 and features Riedel varietal specific glassware. It is availableThursday to Monday throughout April at 10.30am and 2pm.

For details and bookings see

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