After what seemed a very busy year it was time to take some time off to rest, recover and reconnect with Russ then come back rejuvenated and ready for the next year which will be huge! I had come home from South Africa not even wanting to get on my trike. I unpacked it and there it sat in the backyard, I needed time away from it and a couple of weeks to catch up with friends, eat whatever I wanted and have a couple glasses of wine!
Russ and I decided it was time to head away on our own, just the two of us, so even Jack (our border collie) was going on his own holiday! He was going to spend time with Anna and Kym, who had fostered him before I met him and I think he had a fantastic time with them. Russ and I headed up to the King Valley and I was able to book a beautiful little cottage at Pizzini’s Vineyard which is located in Whitfield just over the mountain from Mansfield. It was fantastic to be able to sleep in with no where to go in a hurry and I even got to read an actual book!
Pizzini’s Vineyard was once a tobacco farm as were most of the wineries in this area. The owners of Pizzini’s married as teenagers, Mrs. Pizzini was the daughter of Scottish immigrants looking for a better life and Mr. Pizzini was the son of Italian immigrants. In 1996 they launched the Pizzini wine label and also had the opportunity to purchase the Mountainview Hotel in Whitfield. They and their family worked tirelessly in both businesses and made a name for themselves bringing hospitality in North East Victoria to a new level. The Mountainview Hotel is now run by Ben Bergmann who hails from Germany and he has international staff who provide a very warm welcome to locals and travellers alike.