This is for all the traveling winemakers, backpackers and adventurers planning to, thinking of or about to be persuaded by to work harvest in New Zealand! It’s the middle of Kiwi vintage #NZV15 and I bet in about a month or two when harvest ends, some of you (if you haven’t already) are going to embark […]
The first thing to know for Chasing New Zealand Verasion is that harvest is in the spring, or is it fall? Ok let’s keep this universal and say ‘New Zealand’s wine harvest happens in or around February-May.’
Harvest in New Zealand, or anywhere in the southern hemisphere, is another way to get great experience and a different perspective, especially if you had worked harvest in the northern hemisphere exactly prior to that. Hopefully you’ve saved up enough money to travel and get to your destination, sold your car to afford your next plane ticket and you’re off to another adventure, new land, different wines, more great friends to make.
Home Sweet Home Harvester; totally power rangers, right? Ten tons of Gewürtztraminer – first fruit of the crush in the middle of the night The Office Johannes – Crush Control Jenny – Punchdown Princess View from the top of the 5-ton fermentors, trying not to breathe too deep. CO2 […]
We pulled the slightly dirtier-than-when-we-left Falcon into the dirt lot by our double wide. The winemaker and our new boss, Stefan, was probably slightly surprised to see us return (alive), although we looked a bit battered, bitten by sand flies, unshowered, and slightly hungover. Your interns are back!! We started the next day, 60 TONS of […]
We were bummed to leave Queenstown. We could imagine in just a few months how the scene would turn from boating and water sports on the lake to skiers and boarders carving down the snow-capped purple mountains. But it was only a vision. We didn’t have time to wait around; we had some quality sun […]
Queenstown is an adventure junkie’s dream. The place has every activity bound to get you outside and shoot you up with an adrenaline high. I mean, it’s the home of bungee-jumping for Pete’s sake – and they are damn proud of it. On a lake surrounded by mountains, Queenstown is full of both winter sports […]
We only stopped off the road for Pegasus Bay on our way to Queenstown and Central Otago. We walked through the door and into a German conversation between our host and her cousin. Sometimes even all the way across the world can feel like home. The first wine, a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion was done in the […]