8 February 2014
The Plonk crew kick off their NSW wine adventure in the wine region of Murrumbateman and are tasked with interviewing local female winemakers as part of their brief. Destabilised right off the bat with the introduction of a new member of the team “wine blogger” Joshua from Shirazamataz – the boss’s son who’s been forced upon them as the new researcher – the Plonk crew brace themselves for the day ahead.
While the crew struggle to fulfil their mission, Joshua breaks out on his own, deciding to hitchhike through the vines until he’s eventually picked up by a partying hen’s group. Who’s on the bus? None other than local female winemaker Jaime Crowe. After an afternoon of filming where nothing seems to go right, the team drown their sorrows at the local Gundaroo Wine Bar.
On cue the hens bus pulls up packed with partygoers, Joshua and of course, a female winemaker.
Located just outside of Murrumbateman, Helm Wines was established in 1973 and was one of the first commercial wineries in the region. Ken and Judith Helm, using a combination of traditional and modern equipment and a minimalist approach to winemaking, produce wines that display the true characteristics of the ‘terroir’.
A star winery of the region, Clonakilla is heralded by wine commentators for its icon Shiraz Viognier. With minimalistic winemaking, the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is now widely celebrated as one of Australia’s great reds with praise both national and international. Winemaker Tim Kirk was voted Australian Winemaker of the Year 2013 by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.
Eden Road Wines
Eden Road is a boutique wine company creating some of the most exciting contemporary wines from the ancient soils of the Australian high country. Their search for exceptional land and fruit ensures the creation of unique, authentic wines that reflect the ancient soils of the Australian high country.
Four Winds Vineyard
Family run, the Four Winds Vineyard produces wines of distinction from their 33 acres of Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese. The family vineyard was planted in 1998 and the new cellar door completed in 2013. They have used re-purposed materials from around the vineyard to reduce the amount of new material required for the building. You will see the wooden picking bins cladding the building and wine barrels throughout the tasting room.
Capital Wines Epicurean Centre
Capital Wines Epicurean Centre is located in the beautiful stone stables of the historic Royal Hotel in Gundaroo, with the Grazing Restaurant on site. Enjoy epicurean tastings or share one of the delicious produce platters. Savour the distinct and intense flavours of the region’s most awarded wines.
Gundaroo Wine Bar
Established in 1872, the Gundaroo Colonial Inn (Matt Crowe’s Wine Bar) has been in continuous operation, offering a comprehensive selection of local wines.