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  Sunday 3rd November 2013
  O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyard Lunch

 

 

Eight Corvettes and a family sedan met at Loganholme and headed off under Phil's watchful eye at 10:30 towards our destination in the surprisingly green Canungra Valley.  We travelled south on the Motorway for a short time before taking an exit that skirted the outer suburbs of Beenleigh and landed us in the foot hills of Mt Tamborine.  We'd spread out, re-grouped and continued as a convoy right through to our destination.

As we turned off the main road upon entering Canungra, our leader Phil, suffered a suspected fuel blockage that gave us fifteen minutes of blokey under bonnet staring, pointing and head shaking.  A few good revs, blockage cleared & back on the road in no time and Phil was off like a scolded cat.

During our run we drove through areas of dry farmland, saw back burning operations and navigated narrow sections of road but finally crested a rise into a little green valley of paradise.  A running stream, green lawns, grape vines and a beautiful homestead.  The homestead is now a base for O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards with a gift shop, wine tasting room and lovely dining rooms.  We started with a little wine tasting and listened as the very knowledgeable staff told us about grape growing, crushing and winemaking.  With tummy's beginning to growl, we were shown through to table one on the long veranda overlooking the grape vines and manicured lawn.  O'Reilly's thoughtfully organised a musical accompaniment and we enjoyed the afternoon to the sounds of a gentleman singing with his guitar.

Two more Corvettes arrived at the venue after the main group and joined the crew.  Our lunch order was soon taken with options including roasted lamb or roasted peppered beef sirloin with fresh baked country vegetables, gourmet platters, delicious deserts and fresh coffee.  The group selected a suitable variety of feasts on offer, my wife and I chose one of the Gourmet Platters for two and couldn't believe how much thought had gone into presentation and preparation.  We laughed, joked and worked our way through lunch and barely had room for the pavlova, cheesecake and ice cream.  Everyone seemed to have a good time, the staff were excellent & very helpful and special birthday boy Jaimes was treated to a rousing happy birthday chorus.

Following lunch, we enjoyed another leisurely look around then saddled up for the run home.  Many of the group retraced their route but Tina & I continued the round trip via Canungra, Nerang and the M1.  The weather forecast said 32 degrees but I reckon it was closer to 45 in my C3, yet we not only survived but had a terrific time.

Was a great run, many thanks Phil.

JP

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Excitement builds  
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Captain Phil laying down the rules Don't remember anything abut narrow roads
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or a dirt driveway Shady parking in tall supply
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Truly a  green oasis  
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  Table 1 on the veranda
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Lovely music to accompany our lunch Thought of you Bob
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The homestead A little wine tasting
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Looks like a fine drop Doc's found his inner glow
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The crew awaiting lunch Top job Capt Phil
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John takes lunch quite seriously Roast lamb & fresh country vegies
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Delicious gourmet platter for two  
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