Amanda Cole Richardson says her job description is “director of loveliness”. To that end the daughter of the winemakers at Cambewarra Estate, a small vineyard under the imposing spectacle of Cambewarra Mountain, instituted high-tea among the vines.
Beginning with the requisite glass of locally produced bubbles, guests can move on through a selection of 11 teas blended specifically for Cambewarra. They include Cinderella’s Slipper (Sri Lankan black tea with organic vanilla) and Sleeping Beauty’s Tonic, a blend of chamomile, rose, lavender and hibiscus.
Sweets and savouries come piled high. Mini chocolate tarts, lemon-and-rhubarb cupcakes and fluorescent macarons jostle with ham, cheese and onion tartlets. And smoked salmon, cucumber and dill ribbon sandwiches.
Once you’re done with tea and treats, move onto the wine. Try the unusual Chambourcin variety – best served cold – or a bottle of the 2013 Fizz Wizard. There’s a restaurant in-house if you end up settling in for the entire afternoon.
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