Woongooroo Estate, Mount Archer, 25 May 2014 ....

Woongooroo Estate, Mount Archer. 10 cars and 19 people attended the run. Great weather with a cloudless sky and the autumn temperature reaching a warm 27 degrees. After departing BP North Caboolture at the scheduled time of 8:30am, the route to Woongooroo Estate was via Elimbah, Wamuran, Sandy Creek, Mount Kilcoy, Glenfern, Villeneuve, Neurum and then Mount Archer.

On arrival we were met by Gail and Phil Close, owners of the estate. After welcoming the group, Phil gave a familiarisation brief on grape growing and the art of wine manufacture then morning tea was served. Following morning tea, a trivia session was held which tested the general knowledge of members. Next came the wine tasting (with cheese and crackers) which was professionally demonstrated by Phil. He explained the finer-points of wine tasting and he took everybody through the process of doing it correctly. John Hogg was noted emptying the contents of his spitoon into an empty wine bottle and then placing it into a bag presumably to take home.

Lunch comprising beef in red wine on a bed of rice with steamed greens was served followed by some entertainment with Phil playing the guitar and members singing along with the aid of song books. Good fun!

A most unusual event then followed with Phil demonstrating the use of his Kelpie dogs, 'Jack' and 'Russell', in the art of 'bird scaring'. These dogs are trained to keep the vineyard free of parrots and other birds which can strip a vineyard clean of fruit in no time at all. Interesting stuff!

By 3:00pm it was time to head-off but not before purchasing some wine and partaking in a photo shoot.

A really great day and it was pleasing to hear members commenting on how much they enjoyed the run and the visit to Woongooroo Estate. Definitely worth doing again.