November 5, 2014

A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines

Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

Imagine strolling through the vines, gumboot on foot, bubbles in hand, sweeping vistas of rolling hills littered with gum trees, and the sun poking through the stormy clouds overhead.

Looking across the valley from the vines - Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

Looking out across the Valley – Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

Now picture table cloth and picnic lunch set down for you while you chill out and listen to bird songs and the wind as it whistles through the vines. You are far from the crowds and among friendly faces, this image is what you’ll enjoy on the Wily Trout family winery’s gumboot tour and alfresco dining experience located at Poachers Pantry just outside of Canberra.

The Gang posing in the vines - Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

Hanging with the gang at the Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

The spot where we ate, nestled between the Shiraz vines and a grassy paddock, set by a giant tall gum tree was a timber table with white linen tablecloth, cutlery, sparkling water and fresh flowers; a big umbrella and picnic basket complete with insect repellent and sunscreen.

A Picnic in the Vines - Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

The Ultimate Picnic in the Vines experience – Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

Our “waiters” Will Bruce, a second generation wine grower and his partner Lauren pour our wine and talk us through the history of the vineyard, the grapes, the vines and his family story too.

Beautifully set table in the vines - Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

Beautifully set tables amongst the Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

The Wily Trout Vineyard was planted in the late 90s, Will explained that the cooler climate produces white grape viarities that make delicate yet complex Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and soft spicy Shiraz and elegant Pinot Noir.

Anna Johnston & Will from Wily Trout - Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

Hanging with Will from Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

We sipped the vino while we munched from the platters of cured hot and cold smoked meats, dips, lavosh, bread, pickled vegetables, Persian feta, dolmades and local Manzanillo olives and fruit chutney.

Gorgeous Platters of Smoked Yumminess - Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

All the deliciousness – Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

The weather unfortunately wasn’t on our side, a gusty storm blew through which had us all running to our cars for cover. Without missing a beat, we were invited back to the family house to kick on.

Wily Trout Wines - A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines - Anna Johnston -

Sampling Wily Trout wines from the Vineyards, Canberra

The family intends to keep the vineyard and property feeling like a private home. It was obvious they enjoy hosting visitors, I felt so welcome and part of the family.

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Will the Winemaker & his dog Hunter – Wily Trout Vineyards, Canberra

Wily Trout Family winery is a rare and delightful treat, you won’t be disappointed with their wines, the food was delicious and the hospitality first class. It was one heck of a way to spend a day.

This amazing day in the vines was provided by Visit Canberra as part of the #humanbrochure experience.

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Sophie - November 29, 2014 Reply

This looks like a great day out! Lovely setting, great scenery, tasty wines & lovely dishes!

An ideal combination! You look lovely in that nice dress! xxxx

    Anna - November 29, 2014 Reply

    One of the most magical picnics I have been on, not even the weather put a dampener on things. 🙂
    With the warmer weather now, picnics will be a big feature of my weekends.
    Cheers for your compliments. xx

Hannah - November 23, 2014 Reply

This looks so serene! Beautiful photo’s 🙂
This looks like something i would love to do. It looks kinda like something out of a movie scene aha quite romantic


    Anna - November 24, 2014 Reply

    It was so amazing Hannah, one of the best picnics I have ever been on. Not even the rain lessened the awesomeness of the experience. 🙂

Beth - November 15, 2014 Reply

Looks like an amazing day!! I’ve also just realized, I’ve never tried Australian wine…

    Anna - November 17, 2014 Reply

    Such an amazing day! One of the best picnics I have ever been too. 🙂
    WHAAAATTT….. Really? You’ve never tried Aussie wine? Let me know what you like and Ill recommend some lovely Aussie drops.

Alice - November 13, 2014 Reply

I love Poachers Pantry and that amazing larder they have there! Yet to try Wily Trout though, so will have to put that on the must try list. How beautiful and iconic is that table set amongst the vineyards, definitely a once in a lifetime experience!!!

    Anna - November 13, 2014 Reply

    It was absolutely stunning Al, one of the most special experiences I have had in for ever. 🙂
    I shall purchase a few bottles of Wily Trout OR we could hit up the winery together some time next year. Plan yes?!

Agness - November 13, 2014 Reply

Although I’ve never been here, I feel like packing my bags and going there right away. It’s so wonderful and this landscape’s absolutely stunning. Would you fancy going back there soon?

    Anna - November 13, 2014 Reply

    YES…. Get yourself on a plane stat woman. 🙂 Seriously, when are you visiting Agness?
    We shall go there and a bunch of other amazing places. Although, we may go well over your $25 a day rule. LOL!

Anna (Hidden Ponies) - November 11, 2014 Reply

What a stunning setting for a picnic! This sounds amazing!

    Anna - November 12, 2014 Reply

    It really was a wonderful and amazing experience Anna. 🙂

Sriprae - November 11, 2014 Reply

Dreamy! Loving the pictures of you and your beautiful sundress. The picnic looked marvelous and picturesque. Everything tastes better when eaten outdoors. 🙂

Wonderful and beautiful, my dear. Love & hugs. xo

    Anna - November 11, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… You are beautiful, thank you for your lovely comments, I have so lucky having such amazing blog buddies. 🙂
    And yes food sure does taste better, especially when served in this gorgeous setting.
    Sending you giant hugs and loves to my friend. xox

Raymund - November 11, 2014 Reply

Wow that’s what you call al Fresco. Love the setting

    Anna - November 11, 2014 Reply

    It was gorgeous Raymund, one of the best experiences I have had in for ages.

Fran - November 10, 2014 Reply

Fun! What a great opportunity.

I remember being part of the focus group when they chose their wine labels. Tasting the wine so we could get an idea of what the label should look like, it’s great wine. Why isn’t it on my drinking list anymore? Should be.

BTW pretty dress, very much suited the occasion.

    Anna - November 11, 2014 Reply

    It really was Fran, very lucky indeed. 🙂
    WOW, that’s super cool you were involved in designing the wine label, what a fun project to be in on.
    And yes, I said the very same thing after drinking it again… Went forth and bought a couple of bottles for the cellar to ensure I didn’t forget to keep it on the drinking list. I recommend getting on that.
    Thanks re the dress, it was cute, however a little frightening with the potential crowd flashing the way the wind was whipping up a storm. LOL!

      Fran - November 19, 2014 Reply

      Now, that woulda been worth the visit, Anna. A little flash goes a long way.

        Anna - November 20, 2014 Reply

        Totally amazing experience Fran, had an absolute ball. I think one of the best picnics I have ever been on. 🙂

Susan - November 10, 2014 Reply

Heavens Anna, that looks wonderful! The first photo of the table in the vineyard, with the waitress at the wine barrel took my breath away!

    Anna - November 11, 2014 Reply

    It was AMAZING Susan. 🙂
    As we walked up the hill towards the beautifully set table, I just couldn’t stop grinning, it was perfect.

Bam's Kitchen - November 10, 2014 Reply

What a perfectly relaxing and delightful day. I can almost feel the warmth of the sun and the fresh air from your photos. I adore picnics and this one looks so romantic… love the scene… well at least for a moment until mother nature decided on something else.

    Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

    Yeah it was super relaxing and one of the best ways to spend a day, even with the rain and wind, it still rocked. 🙂
    My brain went into event manager mode, planning destination weddings and parties in the vines. LOL!

Krista - November 10, 2014 Reply

What a beautiful place and delectable spread, Anna. 🙂 And you are adorable in your sundress – though it looks like you might be hanging on for dear life to keep the skirt from flying up around your ears in all that wind. 🙂 So glad you had such a nice experience with truly hospitable people. 🙂

    Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

    It was wonderful Krista, such a fabulous way to spend my day. 🙂
    Haha, yes, just as we all posed for the pic, a giant gust of wind whipped through the vines, I thought for sure I was going to be revealing the whole kit & caboodle. LOL!
    The Poachers team are amazing, if you are ever in town, I would say they should absolutely be included on the must see list.

Hannah - November 10, 2014 Reply

What a lovely thing to do!

I love a picnic! My favourites to pack in the basket are, dip, bread, prosciutto rocket and parmesan wraps, olives (hopefully stuffed with parmesan), maybe some smoked salmon, berries, sparkling water and wine!

    Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

    It was AWESOME Hannah. Actually one of the most special days I have had in ages. 🙂
    Mmmmm… Your wraps sound amazing and olives stuffed with Parmesan, I might like them. Def need the smoked salmon and berries, yeas… Also going to need a golf buggy to get the basket to the picnic spot. 🙂

      Hannah - November 10, 2014 Reply

      Hahahaha carrying all the food and drink is Dave’s job. I’m in charge of picnic blankets and miscellaneous things such as frisbees…

      Hmm olives you might like… Lets get on that!

      The wraps are the best! Lets have them together!

        Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

        Okay, Ill get the golf buggy until I find me a ‘Dave’. 🙂 That would be fun anyways. LOL!
        Wraps and picnics together sound fun, adding to the list right now, we can totally make this a thing this Summer, its on like Donkey Kong. 🙂

Tim | UrbanDuniya - November 9, 2014 Reply

What a lovely day out! I don’t drink, but I LOVE wineries (ridiculous, I know). Something about the culture, the high life… and this looks beautiful!

    Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

    It was fabulous Tim! Such a brilliant way to spend a day. 🙂
    I totally get why you love wineries, even without the drinking bit, I have visited many a winery and not actually consumed the vino.
    As always, thanks for stopping by, wishing you a brilliant week.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - November 8, 2014 Reply

You just me feel like I was on a romantic fairy tale date. What a great picnic… and the views! Wowzas!

    Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

    YAY! 🙂 Thanks Pamela, I appreciate that muchly. It was one of the best days I have had in forever.

Karen - November 7, 2014 Reply

I LOVE a good picnic and when that involves wine too, even better! Was recently on the South of France doing just this, drinking wine and picnicking! Lovely images and great post, Karen (Friend of GG and followed you over from her site!)

    Anna - November 10, 2014 Reply

    The South of France sounds absolutely amazing Karen. How fabulous. 🙂
    AND…. That is amazing, thank you so much for letting me know, it’s awesome to have you here.
    Wishing you a beautiful week. 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - November 7, 2014 Reply

Oh wow, Anna! Nothing’s as fresh and relaxing as this. Nature and good food equals paradise!

xx Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - November 7, 2014 Reply

    Totally agree Julie, I came back feeling like I had the most amazing holiday, it was so relaxing.
    Food and nature and wine… All my faves. Happy weekend lovely. xox

Susan - November 7, 2014 Reply

Such a wonderful day, thank you for inviting me I loved every little single bit of the day, was so interesting to meet Sue from Pachers & hear the history of how they bought their first smokehouse. Great day.

    Anna - November 7, 2014 Reply

    It really was huh? Thank you so much for coming along, it was wonderful to share the experience with you. Sue, Will & Lauren were awesome too, couldn’t have planned a better day I don’t think. Fabulous, just fabulous. 🙂

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - November 7, 2014 Reply

What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon, although it’s a shame the weather didn’t cooperate. And I just love the name “Wily Trout” – it makes me smile.

    Anna - November 7, 2014 Reply

    A gorgeous way to spend the afternoon, even the rain didnt upset us, if anything it added to the wonderful experience. Sue, the owner of Poachers and Will, her son welcomed us into their home and we kicked on. It was brilliant. 🙂
    The Wily Trout brand is very cool huh?! I’ll organise a cheeky bottle and send your way. 🙂

Weekendparent - November 6, 2014 Reply

Looks fabulous! And I love your dress. What a beautiful view, and great food!

    Anna - November 7, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Serina! 🙂 It really way a fabulous way to spend the arvo, everything about the experience was awesome. 🙂
    The food…. Mmmm, could go a plate of that yum now. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Choc Chip Uru - November 6, 2014 Reply

Wow what a wonderful place to picnic and enjoy life 🙂
Fresh air, good ambience and delicious food is kind of addictive!
Oh and your dress is really pretty!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - November 7, 2014 Reply

    CCU, it was! 🙂
    All the ingredients to having a brilliant fun filled day.
    Hope you are well lovely one. xox

Elizabeth - November 6, 2014 Reply

I love picnics… and this looks gorgeous There are some amazing spot in the Gold Coast Hinterland that have nice walks as well 🙂 Have you been busy, I’ve missed your fun comments 🙂 I hope you are well! Liz x

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Now that would be amazing, Ill have to check out that out. 🙂
    I have been crazy busy lovely one, I am so sorry I haven’t been over to your blog this past couple of weeks, playing crazy catchup’s. Stay tuned for some comment love.
    Sending you some hugs from the Berra. xox

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - November 6, 2014 Reply

What a great location for a picnic in the vines! We love visiting Poachers and have some Wily wine!

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    It was really wonderful Lorraine, and yes, Poachers Pantry is the bizz, and the Wily Trout wines are fabulous too.

lizzygoodthings - November 6, 2014 Reply

Oh, what a delicious day out…. I’m only slightly envious… well, envious really… Human Brochure is an amazing initiative and Canberra Tourism and all their partners do it so well. I was part of the very first cohort… but would have loved to be on this latest one… you have all seen and done so much more in our beautiful part of the world. Lovely post, Anna.

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Yep, just perfect Liz, couldn’t have planned a better way to spend the day. I am very grateful I was given the opportunity to participate in the Human Brochure experience. It was rather different than when you did it, I kind of think it would have been better to leave it all to one weekend, rather than spreading out over the year, it would also have meant many of the experiences were not doubled up on. But that aside, it has been a fun year to experience the Berras food industry as a guest, rather than hospitality worker. 🙂 Thanks as always for your comment, appreciate it.

The Squishy Monster - November 6, 2014 Reply

What a nice spread. I adore Persian feta…and you look so fresh and lovely!

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Ohhhhhh…. yes, Ill have to add that to the list. Persian feta is amazing. I love it!
    Thanks for the compliments too, you are very kind. 🙂

Omania Terry - November 6, 2014 Reply

Mmmmm I love picnics. My favourite was in London sitting on the top of a house boat on the Thames with my oldest and dearest friend Donna when she was living there. Champagne, of course, cheeses, selection of yummy meats and great company. xx

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Omania…. 🙂
    Wow, that sounds like a wonderful and amazing experience, I love it, I love it so much. I totes wanna see pictures next time we catch up.
    Yep, all the essentials in your picnic basket, sun shiney days with a gentle breeze and its my idea of a stella way to spend a day.
    Lots of love to you my friend. xox

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - November 6, 2014 Reply

Oh, just lovely Anna – looks a bit warmer over there than here:) I love picnics especially stylish ones like this.

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    It was lovely, really lovely Rachel. Even with the giant storm that swept through. Happy little camper this end. 🙂
    We are getting some warm weather, but the hotter the better, so no complaints from me.
    Happy week to you my friend.

Mandy - The Complete Book - November 6, 2014 Reply

A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines – LOVE IT! Oh how I would have enjoyed this with you Anna! Love your dress.
Have a beautiful day friend.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Lets have a picnic in a game park with the Meerkats when I visit. 🙂 Another awesome thing to look forward too.
    Wishing you a wonderful day my friend. Giant hugs and love. xox

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - November 5, 2014 Reply

I love picnics but I doubt I’ve had one lately that looks that good. John likes bacon and egg pie and I like cold fried chicken – and salads – and wine – and bread – and dessert. BIG picnic basket. 🙂

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Maureen, you totally crack me up. I am exactly the same, practically need a golf cart to transport the picnic basket with all its over-flowing yumminess. 🙂

Kris Johnston - November 5, 2014 Reply

What a wonderful day. Having a picnic in the vines sounds truly memeriable. Lucky chick.
Thankyou for reminding me of the wily trout, must pick up a bottle again soon. Yum

    Anna - November 6, 2014 Reply

    It was bloody wicked Nizz, had an absolute ball, rain and all. 🙂
    Wily Trout are putting out some pretty pimpin vinos too, even enjoyed their Pinot.

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