How to enjoy a winery with kids
Enjoying a pinot grigio whilst enjoying spectacular mountain views does not have to disappear once your children come along.
One of the best ways to get to know a region is to taste the fruit of the earth! Bravofly Australia gives you some tips for planning and help making the right choices so that you can make it a fun adventure for the kids and yourself!
1. Choose a family-friendly Winery
You might not think there is such a category, but look a little deeper and you’ll find them. We recently discovered Feathertop Winery, just near Bright in Victoria. This winery had a playground and baby piglets. I’ve also heard of some wineries letting the children taste grape juice while the parents sample the real stuff. Many will also have little play centres or art stations set up within the cellar door!
2. Arrive by bike or boat
Make getting there an adventure. Many wineries have beautiful biking or river trails leading to the estate. The Barossa Valley in South Australia has a bike trail that connects many wineries. Mudgee in NSW is a wine region that is also easily accessible by boat.
The kids will love it, and won’t mind that you stop for a “break.”
3. Bring a picnic
Pack a picnic full of yummy food and a blanket and set up camp on a patch of grass with a view. Check with the winery first to ensure you can do this, they may even have a prepared picnic hampers for you to purchase.
4. Bring a bag of tricks
Bring your child’s favourite toys and a few colouring and reading books. This will help you to steal a couple of quiet moments while they are happily playing.
5. Sit outside to allow for play
Wineries offer a lot of outdoor sitting area. Let your kids run around the grassy area and even take a wander with them through the vines so they can get a closer look.
6. Enjoy just a glass or two
No need to replicate the hen party experience at your winery. Limit your sampling to just a couple. Just make sure you take a bottle of your favourite wine home with you to enjoy when the kids drop off to sleep.
7. Follow the music and events
Lots of wineries will have live music on certain days. Some may even have concerts by famous artists, or particular festivals or events suitable for children. Hobart’s MONA is a great example of combining music, art and wine. We recently attended an outdoor Bernard Fanning concert at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret Valley. Our girls loved it – dancing and picnics!
8. Break it up with chocolate
Many wine regions don’t just stop with wine. You’ll often encounter gourmet foods to try as well. Your children will love these little pit stops along the way – especially if it involves chocolate!! We tend to find a lot of chocolate tasting stores in wine regions!