Leaving Albany, we acted one recommendation from a friend (thanks The Essentialist Blog!), and detoured to the lovely Oranje Tractor Winery located in Marbelup. We didn’t have a booking, but arrived early enough to be squeezed in just before a bus of forty arrived to sample the organic, preservative free wines.
The winery offers a great country-eclectic feel with old mismatched chairs, antique cupboards, and a little terrier running around to greet you. I instantly felt at home. The menu is simple, and I immediately searched for soup. I woke up that morning with a nasty flu and was grateful to find that the Oranje Tractor has paleo bone broth special soups made daily! Today’s special was potato corn chowder (in fish bone broth). Yes, please! We will take two! And the soup hit the spot. I was so excited about their organic, preservative free wines, that even though I was too ill for a tasting, I still purchased a bottle of their award winning Riesling and a bottle of their recommended Shiraz.
Easter weekend was epic, and certainly a holiday to remember. The energy of history-rich Albany gave life back in to my soul. Even though I ended the weekend with a nasty flu, I know part of my heart healed down in the great southern region of Western Australia with the cool sea breeze and emerald hills and breathtaking sunsets. Yes, Albany, you’re still a place that feels like home to me and I hope to be back soon… very very soon.