There is no better time to take to the skies in a hot air balloon over the Hunter Valley’s wine growing region than during picking time.
The Hunter Valley is abuzz as the unmistakeable sights, sounds and smells harvesting of the 2014 Vintage, hand pickers and mechanical harvesters toil the vineyards, while winemakers bark orders over their treasured grapes.
The grape press buzzes as it works on overdrive, and the aroma of crushed grapes fills the air, which leave no doubt in our minds that it is Vintage time.
Hermitage Road and Broke vineyards were amongst the first to be picked, highlighting the micro climates of the local wine industry.
2014 is shaping up as an excellent Vintage for both Hunter Valley reds and whites. The unseasonably hot August gave us an early Budburst, but this was then balanced out by a cooler September and October, and then some good rains in November.”
“December has been perfect, lots of sunshine without being too hot, which gives us perfect ripening conditions. Semillon and Chardonnay grapes are coming in now and looking really good, and we’ll see the first Shiraz grapes in before the end of January.”
Like us balloonist anxious vignerons as always have their eyes constantly on the weather forecast, and even that seems to be in the Hunter Valley’s favour with no rain on the horizon.
The first 2014 Hunter Valley Semillon and Verdelho will be bottled and available from around April, as the Chardonnays and Shiraz serve their time maturing in oak barrels.
But don’t wait that long to enjoy a sunrise balloon ride over this beautiful wine region.
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‘it was fun and relaxing flying through the sky’
Liam 8 Years
I would just like to take the time to say thank you for providing us with such a wonderful experience on Saturday the 21st of June. We had a lovely time and it was great to see the staff so enthusiastic and keen. I would highly recommend your balloon rides to friends and family!Thanks once again.
Lenore - Oatlands
…A fantastic experience: really enjoyed it and learned a lot – thanks so much to you all!
Cindy - Baulkham Hills
Thank you Cloud 9 for an awesome day flying! It was amazing.
What an experience to float across the sky in your magnificent balloon, just a perfect day for my 50th Birthday with my family… …It is a day I will always remember and I hope to be able to do again in the not too distant future.
The WOW factor for me was the sunrise and the amazing views from up there – such pretty and interesting countryside in this part of Sydney… …We will have no hesitation in recommending Cloud 9 Balloons to our guests and hope we can send many more happy customers your way
The Hawkesbury region is our personal favorite hot air ballooning location. Most people find it impossible to believe that such a beautiful diverse landscape can be found so close to Australia’s largest city. But it does, and viewed from the platform of our magnificent balloon it is a sight to behold.
Lying at the foot of the Greater Blue mountains wilderness area, the evergreen fields of the Hawkesbury farmlands paint a stunning patchwork quilt next to the quiet meandering of the Hawkesbury River and surrounding townships.
Come fly over our Home and explore our beautiful backyard. Just a few hours spent exploring the Hawkesbury will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed wanting to come back again and again.
The Sebel Resort & Spa, Windsor provides Cloud 9 Balloon Flights with comfortable, first class facilities for checking our passengers in on the morning of the flight.
All our balloon rides take place around Sunrise with the meet time being 5am in Summer and 6am during Winter. We shall contact you prior to your flight to confirm the meet time.
After the completion of some paperwork and a short briefing from your pilot you will be transported to the launch site where you are welcome to help prepare the balloon for flight, or stand back and take pictures. The launch site changes from day to day depending on wind speed and direction.
About 20 minutes to prepare the aircraft for flight in which time your Pilot will explain how balloons are made, how we control them and some history.Then it’s up and away on the gentle breezes over the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley in our hot air balloon. What goes up must come down. Your pilot will choose a landing site, which is always downwind of the take off site, and inform the ground crew who will meet us as the balloon comes back to earth.Most of our flight have a gentle ending but if we are moving at more than 10kph it is not unusual to bump along the ground for a bit before the basket falls over on it’s side. It’s quite safe but lots of fun.
About 20 minutes is spent packing the balloon away before a short drive back to the Sebel Resort & Spa where you enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the Gazebo restaurant.
Interested in staying at the Sebel Resort & Spa, view our accommodation deals (link).
Over breakfast you will have the opportunity to view and purchase a Souvenir A4 photo taken whilst airborne by our in flight camera.
The price of your Hawkesbury Valley balloon flight depends on the day you wish to fly. Weekend flights are most popular and fill up quickly, so book early!
The weather plays a major part in deciding if your flight takes place. Wind, rain or fog can play a part in spoiling our fun. But you have to remember that the whole idea is to have fun and do it safely.
So if the Pilot decides conditions aren’t suitable don’t get upset, he just wants to give you the best experience possible.
We provide accommodation packages. Click here for more details.
Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by blogadmin | No Comments
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A balloon ride is luxurious indulgence a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ experience. When you ascend into the skies of The Hawkesbury or Hunter Valley with Cloud 9 Balloon Flights do it with the confidence that you are flying with arguably Australia’s finest and safest hot air balloon ride operator.
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