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    News bites – 28 August 2021

    What You Need to Know About Wilderness Lodges in the Yukon

    Moose cow with two calves at McClusky Lake, the beginning of the Wind River canoe trip within the Peel River watershed. Image courtesy of Destination Canada

    Often referred to as Canada’s ‘final frontier’, the Yukon Territory, north of British Columbia, is a tantalising combination of untamed wilderness, pristine nature and vibrant townships.

    In a place where moose far outnumber humans, you can leave civilization behind, ignite your pioneering spirit and find yourself amongst in the tranquillity of untouched forests, vast mountain ranges, and sparkling lakes and rivers.

    Discover the definition of ‘wilderness lodge’ in the Yukon, where the rustic comfort of luxurious log cabins and off-grid yurts seem to blend into their natural surroundings. Where honey-drunk grizzly and black bears, moose, wolves and all manner of wildlife can be witnessed roaming freely (from a safe distance), and where the daily grind of life melts away as you reconnect with your body, mind and spirit, here in Mother Nature’s playground.

    Read on to discover five incredible wilderness lodges in the Yukon.

    Two people canoeing on Tagish Lake at the Southern Lakes Resort. Image courtesy of Destination Canada

    Southern Lakes Resort
    Watch the sun rise over Tagish Lake from the balcony of your cabin at Southern Lakes Resort, situated within the traditional territory of the Carcross / Tagish First Nation.

    Meander along the hiking trails in the boreal forest or take a guided tour up and above the tree line. Canoe the lake or throw in a line and catch your lunch! The lake is abundant with lake trout, arctic grayling, lake whitefish and northern pike. During winter, enjoy front row seats to the mystical northern likes and fill your days with snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

    Northern Lights Resort and Spa
    Stay in a glass-fronted chalet at the Northern Lights Resort & Spa, purposely built for optimum aurora viewing, with large floor-to-ceiling glass offering a magical way to bring the enchanting outdoors inside. Just 20 minutes from Whitehorse, this unique winter wonderland is framed by picturesque pine forests and snow-drenched mountains, with cabins created from Douglas fir trees, and unobstructed views of the soaring aurora borealis.

    During summer, soak up the extended sunshine with a long hike throughout 600 acres of stunning wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled for the 15 different northern species who call this paradise home and listen out for the sounds of the wild and woolly.

    Mt Logan Ecolodge
    Feel a world away as you watch the sun set over the legendary mountain ranges that are home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak and the lodge’s namesake. Revitalise the soul in the peaceful yoga and meditation room, indulge in a massage or relax in a hot tub after a lively day outdoor adventure – no matter what the season.

    Choose from a range of guided tours, from electric fat biking and northern lights viewing to river rafting, glacier flightseeing and dog mushing. As you inhale the pure mountain air, you’ll know your heart has answered the call of the wild. This is one sensory adventure you’ll never forget.

    Inn On the Lake, Marsh Lake, guests relaxing on front deck. Image courtesy Destination Canada

    Inn on the Lake
    Picturesque and intimate, the Inn on the Lake is the ultimate getaway for those seeking luxury and wilderness in equal measures. Play outdoors during summer when the days feel never-ending, relax on the expansive deck, hike to scenic summits or paddle Marsh Lake on canoe or kayak.

    Renowned for its outstanding culinary offering, the resort chef infuses northern flavours, using locally produced ingredients to create sumptuous meals. From Boreal Berry Bounty to Noble Sockeye Salmon, you’ll savour the essence of the Yukon.

    Northern Lights Resort; Spa with northern lights. Image courtesy Destination Canada

    Note for all travellers:
    Travel to Canada is going to be a little different than it was prior to the pandemic and we encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website..

    Invite Dad beyond the cellar door this Father’s Day

    St Hugo Barossa Valley, South Australia. Image courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

    Here’s a great gift for most dads who enjoy a tipple. Venture beyond the cellar door for behind-the-scenes winery experiences, masterclasses and gastronomic adventures at Australia’s world-class wine regions, or treat Dad to an unforgettable weekend away. From food foraging to blending experiences, the premium wineries within the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective offer remarkable adventures in the world of wine, food and beyond.

    Read on to discover how you can make this Father’s Day one to remember.

    Treat Dad to a family night out at Burning of the Vines at Sirromet on Father’s Day. Enjoy a specially curated three-course menu, paired wines and live music on the Terrace and create treasured family memories around the fire, listening to outstanding live music.

    Return another day for the Best of Queensland experience, including a tutored premium tasting followed by a five-course Tuscan inspired degustation with matching wines at Sirromet’s Tuscan Terrace.

    Yalumba, The Barossa Valley, South Australia. Image courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

    NEW SOUTH WALES: Hunter Valley
    Experience three of the Hunter Valley’s most iconic vineyards, Audrey WilkinsonBrokenwood and Tyrrell’s, as they team up to provide the ultimate Hunter Valley wine experience, Icons of the Hunter.

    Your Dad will be treated to each of the winery’s quintessential signature wine experience for a truly premium and behind-the-scenes peek into their vineyards and wine making process. Click here to discover more and read the full itinerary.

    In the picturesque wine region of Orange in New South Wales, take Dad on a journey to discover the secrets behind méthode traditionnelle Swift Sparkling at Printhie Wines. The guided walking tour of the vineyard offers a rare insight into the process of creating one of Australia’s finest sparkling brands, from base wine to the disgorging and ageing process.

    The Sparkling Masterclass includes a private tasting of the Swift Sparkling range where you’ll taste 10 year-old sparkling wines and enjoy a delightful three-course alfresco lunch in the rustic Chaff Shed.

    d’Arenberg Blending Bench, McLaren Vale. Image courtesy Ultimate Winery Experiences

    VICTORIA: Nagambie Lakes, King Valley, Alpine Valley,
    Take Dad on an excursion to the beautiful Nagambie Lakes region, where you’ll learn the art of wine blending at Tahbilk. During this special Winemaker’s Secret Art experience, you’ll discover why “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” as you create your own unique wine to take home.

    Visit the King Valley where a sensory immersion awaits with a Pop & Fizz tour at Pizzini Wines. Prepare for an energetic, fun-filled 45-minute session that will introduce lesser-known aspects of the Prosecco personality. Who knew Prosecco could pair so well with the likes of popcorn?

    Nearby, Brown Brothers awaits, one of Australia’s oldest and most loved wineries. On a Food & Wine Adventure, discover Brown Brother’s rich history as pioneers of winemaking in Victoria and forage in the kitchen garden with the chefs for ingredients to include in your exclusively designed lunch.

    In the stunning Victorian Alpine Region, the Vineyard & Winery Discovery Tour at Feathertop Winery in Porepunkah takes you to the inner sanctum of Feathertop. This behind-the-scenes tour reveals the wine crushing operations, wine-making philosophy and even includes some tank samples, when available. Finish with a wine tasting of current release wineries. Feel like extending your stay? Book one or two nights at Feathertop in boutique accommodation, where you can relax with a glass of red, as the weather rolls over the mountain tops.

    VICTORIA: Yarra Valley
    Treat Dad to a truly decadent tasting at De Bortoli Cellar Door with a Gourmet Food and Wine Experience. This privately hosted experience explores the iconic wine varietals from the Yarra Valley region and beyond, expertly matched with delicious nibblies. Top off your special day with an indulgent three-course Italian-inspired lunch at Locale Restaurant with matched wines.

    Pizzini winery experience. Image courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

    VICTORIA: Mornington Peninsula
    The cool, maritime climate of the Mornington Peninsula creates the ideal growing environment for the early ripening varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Montalto’s Discovery Tasting offers a unique insight into the roles played by variety, site, and winemaking in producing these world-class cool-climate wines.

    Spoil Dad with a guided educational tasting, including wines from current releases and back vintages, as well as limited bottlings not available away from the estate. Next, take a seat in the beautiful Piazza, where the seasonal menu is drawn from Montalto’s produce gardens. After lunch, take your time to explore the grounds, home to the famous Montalto Sculpture Prize.

    Visit Moorilla at MONA, where wine, food, art and accommodation combine for a luxurious weekend away, just 20 minutes from Hobart. During the Moorilla Decanted tour, you’ll be treated to a private tour of Tasmania’s second-oldest vineyard, tasting back vintage win. Later, enjoy a tasting of Moorilla’s three distinct series – Praxis, Muse and Cloth Label – decanted into spiffy crystal glassware. Take home a complimentary bottle of wine from the Muse series.

    Seppeltsfield. courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

    If your precious Dad is a lover of fine wine, he’ll never forget a trip to iconic Penfolds where he can take a guided journey through the foundation of Penfolds as Australia’s leading red wine producer.

    The Ultimate Penfolds Experience tour starts with a visit to the Grange Cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, before viewing the Magill Estate winery, vintage cellar and underground drives, and concluding with an intimate tasting of Penfolds’ most awarded and sought after wines, including one vintage of Grange.

    The special father in your life will love the sweeping vistas of this stunning wine region viewed from the top of the d’Arenberg Cube, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of McLaren Vale. Peruse the Alternate Realities Museum before joining the Blending Bench for an interactive winemaking experience – you’ll even get to bottle, name and label a 750ml sample of your original creation to take home.

    Not far away, Gemtree Wines’ 206 acres of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards lie waiting to be explored. Demystify biodynamics on the Being Biodynamic tour, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Biodynamic Hut and discovery how this philosophy is applied in the vineyards, and enjoy a regional platter with Gemtree wine.

    Tahbilk Victoria. Image courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

    SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Barossa Valley
    For an unforgettable day out, book Yalumba’s Signature Tour for a journey into the history, symbolism and provenance of one of Australia’s most iconic wines. During this tour you’ll be escorted to the Signature Vineyard at Lights Pass for a tasting among the vines, home to the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown for The Signature. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a decadent lunch paired with Yalumba’s Rare and Fine collection in one of Yalumba’s iconic dining spaces.

    Book a Picnic Perfect at Jacob’s Creek and relax with Dad over a delicious spread sourced from local producers, a bottle of Jacob’s Creek wine, recyclable cutlery and plates and a picnic blanket to keep. Take your pick of the best picnic spots around the site, using a Jacob’s Creek map as a guide. Beforehand or afterwards, enjoy a complimentary tasting flight and take in the sweeping Barossa Valley views of vineyards and hills.

    At the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar, Dad can taste Tawny made in his birth year directly from the barrel. Sometimes in life it is best to be the oldest in the group! This is a fascinating insight into the aging process of premium fortified wine, with Seppeltsfield being the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine each year.

    Cruise the grand entrance to St Hugo, flanked by an impressive plantation of cork trees. Discover how glassware influences the taste and enjoyment of St Hugo wines and why the shape of a glass draws different characters and personality from different wines on a St Hugo and Riedel Masterclass.

    WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Margaret River
    Spend an incredible day or weekend in Margaret River, visiting three of the regions most acclaimed wineries, Voyager EstateLeeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix. The Leeuwin Immersion Experience includes a tutored tasting and tour of the Leeuwin Art Gallery, filled with contemporary Australian artworks that feature on the labels of the iconic ‘Art Series’ wines.

    Explore Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar at Voyager Estate before indulging in a true degustation. This 7-course wine-paired lunch celebrates pristine local produce.

    At Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s founding wine estate, book The Cellar Experience for a private tasting of historic wines in the exclusive Vault, followed by a three-course meal from the a la carte menu in the award-winning restaurant.

    Arrange a weekend away for hardworking Dads at Mandoon Estate, just outside Peth in the spectacular Swan Valley. The Ultimate Experience includes a tasting and guided tour of the Estate, including the underground cellar, historic vineyard, the original Roe Family Homestead, Surveyor’s Room and Estate kitchen. The evening is spent at The Colony, where all rooms enjoy views of the meandering Swan River from spacious balconies.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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