5 Oct 2014 Daylesford Doggy Winery Tour

From start to finish this was a sensational day! Diesel welcomed Kyla, Harry, Pirate, Bonnie, Angus, Lulu, Suzie, Shelby, Felicity, Ned and Jesse at Port Melbourne and he was so excited to see his playmates for the day. It was a beautifully still morning on Port Philip Bay as we strolled to Mr Lawrence to pick up our morning tea. Suzie was happy to chill on the back seat and just check out how all these puppies fitted in.  A leisurely ride to our first stop at Trentham Falls and the competitive energy for the best photo of the day was waking everyone up from the daylight savings very early morning start.

Trentham Falls is a tranquil place where the dogs are allowed off leash to sniff and play. Just to think it is over five million years old and made from cooling molten lava from the Coliban River Valley and extends for 32 metres. Great group photos!

Our very social group were now ready for their first tasting at Daylesford Cider just a short drive away – well that is if you don’t miss the turn off, opps!. Well done Geoff turning the bus around in small space. The sun was in full swing as we had our outdoor tasting in this beautifully landscaped property owned by David and Sally Stagg our generous and very entertaining hosts for the morning. All of the cider produced is organic and from the traditional apple varieties. Based on the number of boxes carried back to the bus, the cider won over many people.

As we approached the bus, we were amused to find our driver had been replaced………………..Diesel had climbed up on his own and plonked himself on Geoff’s seat. Cheeky Monkey! Being Chief Paw Officer is not paying enough, he needed to get a second job as Chief Bus Driver. Not sure he consulted Geoff.

Lunch at Frangos and Frangos was the next stop and thankfully only a few minutes away, as there were some growls not coming from the dogs. We were welcomed to private dining in the Mediterranean decorated courtyard and glasses of wine started to flow as did the conversation over lunch. Most of the pooches were happy to just sleep off the mornings activties. Beautifully presented local produce with  fantastic service from Josh and Bernard, made relaxing over our 2 course lunch a joy.

A stroll around the iconic Lake Daylesford after lunch was a relaxing way to start the afternoon and there were many more photos being snapped for the competition.

Our final stop was at Fontanellas Winery for their cool climate Italian inspired wine tasting. John and David entertained us outside sampling their amazing Prosseco and other locally produced wines. Such a gorgeous setting. We were joined by Allie, Lisa and Tully from Hollow Log Estate, a dog friendly accommodation property in Daylesford.  Read our review from May 2014.

It was sleeps all round for the trip back to Port Melbourne. Thank you for joining us, we thoroughly enjoyed hosting this group.

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