Australia welcomed us with lovely 29 degree weather when we landed yesterday evening — what a great start to our intensive week in Adelaide at Flinders University. Barely 12 hours after landing here, we were picked up at 10:00 at our hotel by Bernie Fitzsimons, Career Development Consultant at Flinders University, and his wife Di. We had no idea what we were in for when we stepped into their car; what a fabulous first day we had.
Stop one was the Woodstock Winery & Nature Sanctuary, where we met up with Verity Kingsmill, our main point of contact for this project. What a perfect mix — feeding kangaroos and a wine tasting! Did you know that baby kangaroos are called joeys? We had the pleasure of meeting a joey while feeding his mamma. After that amazing experience, we headed into the winery for a lovely wine tasting. The Woodstock Wine Estate in McLaren Vale was named by English settlers, after their hometown of Woodstock. The owner’s grandson, who is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in wine making at Adelaide University, was the wonderful young gentleman who served us.
Stop two was Nina Tabor ‘s house. Nina is the Manager for the Career Development Office at Flinders University, and she invited us to her place for lunch. When we arrived at Nina’s, her entire staff of 13 was already there to greet us. We were taken aback by everyone’s friendly welcome, and the incredible setting of Nina’s home. We ate a traditional Australian BBQ comprised of local lamb, venison, and side salads, all accompanied by the fabulous wine produced by her husband Phil. Their property lies on an 18 acre vineyard where they grow and produce their own wines, thus the name of their winery, Eighteen Acres. What a treat!
Now we can’t forget to mention that the drive from hotel to winery, to Nina’s home, and back to hotel was one through gorgeous and lush nature, farm land, rolling hills, and the seaside. We are now unwinding all of our impressions from our first day here, and it’s now time to catch up on some much needed sleep!