Two short weeks ago, we drove up to our second WWOOFing arrangement, following a stunning visit to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (the latter was obscured by rainclouds, but the drive was exquisite), and an overnight on the shores of equally stunning Lake Wanaka. As we made our way south from Takaka to the small town of Alexandra in Central Otago, New Zealand's scenery became more and more inspirational, as if to foreshadow the coming weeks.
Our hard work was rewarded with delicious homemade scones and savoury dinners, often eaten on the patio overlooking acres of perfectly manicured vines, and accompanied by flavourful pinot noir, pinot rose, or the more rare, blanc de noir. Double yum. Needless to say, days at the vineyard were busy but fulfilling - I think my mom was right when she said that my "calling" involved vines. How did she know?