Friends Spring Day Tour
Friends of the National Library visit Murrumbateman, Hall and Yass - Saturday 25 October 2014
29 October 2014
Thirty keen Friends of the National Library of Australia set off on a brilliant late October morning for this year's spring tour to the Hall and Murrumbateman area. After a drive through Hall to learn about the history of the township, the rest of the morning was pure indulgence.
First stop was a visit to the Eden Road winery in Murrumbateman, where a tour of the wine making preceded a tasting of their quality wines. They grow riesling and shiraz grapes at their vineyard but source other vareities from areas including Tumbarumba and Gundagai including chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot gris. Eden Road provides the wines for the Library's functions.
After this, we visited to Robyn Rowes chocolates, which included Robyn's demonstration of the meticulous and time-consuming work in making a range of delicious products from imported Belgian chocolate. The tasting was much appreciated!
A leisurely lunch followed at the Brindabella Hills Winery on an open verandah overlooking the Murrumbidgee River and of course the Brindabellas.
The afternoon was mainly taken up with a guided tour of Cooma Cottage near Yass. This was the home of Hamilton Hume and well worth a visit. On the way back to Canberra, we detoured along the Dog Trap road through tranquil sheep and cattle farming country. This area has an important place in the development of the merino fine wool industry through the famous Merrivale stud.