Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Mill

The Mill is one of those little gems you find just where you least expect it. Right in the heart of Cowra, a block from the main street, lies this building which was built in 1861 of local granite. It ceased to function as a flour mill in 1905 and laid dormant until 1996 when a local family who owns a vineyard just outside of Cowra decided to renovate and re-open its doors, injecting new life into the beautiful structure.

It was re-opened as a cellar door and restaurant. However, while it provides tasting platters to accompany the wines, the restaurant is only operational for special occasions.

While the wine is a little dry for my palate, as is many found in this region, Cowra wine is growing in popularity. I guess I'm glad I'm not that fond of it otherwise I wouldn't be getting much work done :) It doesn't prevent us from taking people who come to visit us around on a local wine tour and The Mill is always a stop due to its accessability. We took Casey and Clare the last time the came to visit and we had a yummy tasting platter of local sheeps fetta, olives, smoked trout dip, sundried tomatoes and a few other things served with crackers. It was heavenly ! We sat at these benches out here enjoying the atmosphere.

Here is a picture of the main wine tasting area. Some local produce and country knick knacks are also presented nicely on barrels at the back of the room. The lady is always helpful and tells you a bit about each wine before pouring it into a little glass for your tasting pleasure. Water jugs are provided as well as bins for your to swish out your glasses or to cleanse your palate. We were fortunate as Richard had done a website for the lady working behind the counter so we got a tour of the place that day and told a bit about its history. All in all, it makes for a relaxing afternoon and defintely has added to the character of the town.



At 11:35 AM, Blogger Sue Crane said...

Good to see that you are getting lots of photos of the local spots. The Mill is one of our mandatory stops whenever we go to Cowra. We love the Family Reserve Shiraz and have a few bottles of different years 'cellared' away.

Where will you visit next?!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Clare Eats said...

It was so much fun when we went there!

At 5:37 PM, Blogger milgwimper said...

That sounded like a really nice outing, and I am jealous! :)

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Hi Sue !
I actually really fancy their port :) But I agree the family reserve shiaz is a very tasty drop ! You need to tell me how it is after a few years of cellaring.

Clare, hope we get to spend time again soon :) Find new cool spots etc.

Milly, we will go on a wine tasting grand all day tour with a picnic basket if you come to Oz to visit !

At 4:44 PM, Blogger milgwimper said...

I would love to come to Oz, and see you Richard, and Clare and Casey. One of these days God will answer my prayers! :) Oh the port sounds real lovely. I am not a big wine drinker, and especially if it is dry, but I am willing to give it a taste! :) ;P Now I am sounding like a lush! LOL

At 5:57 AM, Blogger KirkK said...

Hi Rachel - Looks so peaceful and serene. Lovely pic's too!

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks kirk ! I am sure you would find wine tasting an enjoyable way to explore the countryside too. In the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney, the drive from vineyard to vineyard is really scenic. (you of course need a designated driver- or join a coach tour and drink as much as you like!

Hi Milly! Am praying for that too :) Or that we can go visit you in sillycan valley ;)


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