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Horsing Around in the Mornington Peninsula

Leaving Adelaide is always hard for the Ninja Turtle, but this time, she had something even more amazing to look forward to: Melbourne! Some readers of this blog will know that about a year ago, Baby Turtle graduated from her vet studies at University – happily, a year on, she is now gainfully employed in a vet practice, where she regularly saves the lives of our furry friends. Go, Baby Turtle!

Of course, seeing how there’s a whole lot of catching up to do between sisters, she’s taken a few days off work, for the two of them to just hang around and chill.

Baby Turtle also organised for a surprise treat for the Ninja Turtle – a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula, where they were to combine the two greatest loves of Baby Turtle (horses) and the Ninja Turtle (wine).

In fact, a year ago, they had already visited Horseback Winery Tours and done this experience once. What a surprise it was, then, for the Ninja Turtle to see how much they have grown and developed in the last 12 months! After a hefty investment, this family-owned business is now a world-class facility with its indoor and outdoor arenas, and the only trail riding business in Victoria to be accredited by Horse Safety Australia. They have also scored some hard-earned recognition from the state Tourism Awards and TripAdvisor.

It’s not ONLY about the horses and the wines however; they are proactively environmentally-conscious, and their upgrades also feature some pretty astounding progress – with all those solar panels, the site runs on 100% solar generated power. They also collect and use their rain water. And where you have horses, you have, well… horse dung. Cleverly, this manure is put to extremely good use, fertilising a local fruit and vegetable farm: 2Macs.

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The tour commenced with the staff introducing you to your horse, teaching you the basics like how to mount and steer. Safety is paramount, and constantly emphasised. The staff, who are experienced riders, also double as very knowledgeable tour guides.

And it's off to the vineyards!

Once everyone is comfortable being on their horses, it’s off to the vineyards!

Baby Turtle started riding at age 14 - she's a real expert.

Baby Turtle started riding at age 14 – she’s a real expert.

The tour selected included visits to T’Gallant and Mantons Creek wineries. It finished back at Horseback Winery Tours for a third tasting by Frog Hollow Estate. Frog Hollow Estate is a family-owned vineyard; their wines are single-sourced (the grapes that go into the wine come from one single vineyard), and boasts the characteristics of a good Australian wine – bold fruity aromas and flavours, palate-pleasing and very drinkable.

For the first time, the Ninja Turtle could not decide which she preferred more, the red or the white.

For the first time, the Ninja Turtle could not decide which she preferred more, the red or the white.

All that riding worked up an appetite, which was just as well since Baby Turtle had booked them in for a lunch back at T’Gallant.

 

Blue skies, warm winds, sweet Australian wine, and the company of one's sister... life is complete.

Blue skies, warm winds, sweet Australian wine, and the company of one’s sister… life is complete.

Tantalised by the images? Jump on: www.horsebackwinerytours.com.au. We promise, it’ll be an experience of a lifetime.

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