“Reality is wrong.” – Tupac Shakur
And that was what our dearest travel bug love to tell us, coming on a home stretch of an adventure. Reality is, every road trip has an end, despite what we wished it to be: an endless dream. Misshoggy is coming home, and to let that sink in, she’ll need a drink. Actually more than a drink. The important question is: what are you drinking?
Hmm, well, in Victoria, it’s tough to choose between beer and wine, especially Misshoggy’s favourite watering hole, the Yarra Valley. Yarra Valley is where all things wine began in Victoria, kickstarting it in 1838. But if you prefer your ales, there are some artisan breweries here to quench your thirst. Oh stop your yapping, and start your drinking. To be honest though, I don’t know where to begin. Why not start off with popping some bubbly, you know, to celebrate reality check?
Welcome to Domaine Chandon, the only Australian winery founded by a certain French called Moët and Chandon.
Before I’m high on some alcoholic bubbles, let’s take a drive up towards Healesville, population 6567, Moscato aplenty and you’ll find a white rabbit that would lead you to Beerland. (Nope, I’m not drunk. Not yet. So no, I don’t want to go home, not yet. And yes, I swear there’s a white rabbit in Healesville.)
And then an Innocent Bystander gave me a bottle of Moscato.
Before I get lured off by the White Rabbit, Innocent Bystander offer more than just sweet wine and goodies. Their cellar door offers a wide array of cheese and their locally produced chardonnays and cabernet merlots are just as good. And my White Rabbit isn’t fake. It’s an actual artisan brewery, and this warren is next door of Innocent Bystander. Their White Ale is an imaginative take on traditional brewing, and I swear there’s a hint of coriander in there. Their Dark Ale is just as popular, but the lighter white is a more refreshing choice for a warm autumn day.
With me done following the White Rabbit, with enough alcohol in me to reject reality, at the end of this road trip, despite of what wanderlust I’ve had in me, I’ve realised home can be the best place to be, to rest your weary travelling bone. Take a look around you, right now, it’s reality, but it is what you make it to be. Alcohol is optional thoughFact: Yarra Valley Wine Region is an hour drive away from Melbourne CBD. Most wineries along Maroondah Highway have a cellar door. Click here for more details. Healesville is another 15 mins drive away from the main wine route on Maroondah Highway. And please don’t drink and drive. Drink responsibly. Disclaimer: Misshoggy wasn’t that drunk.