I've survived the beautiful sunshine and friendly Kiwis!
WWOOfing here has been fantastic. As time passes, more and more WWOOFers are arriving for harvest. So far, we've made an ecclectic group of two Americans, two Germans, and two Brits and more are arriving shortly. It's been fun cooking together, playing card games and tossing the frisbee when we aren't working. I'm pretty sure I've gained more muscles from laughing then from working.
So far, we've only had one day of harvesting Pinot Noir, and a few other days pruning the Riesling vines. However, the Pinot's brix level(sugar content) was lower than anticipated and is now going to be made into Rose.
After picking the grapes, we put the grapes into the crusher/destemmer which when you turn the crank, extacts the juice. Then we pour the grape juice into a giant fermentaion bucket, which looks like a bucket used in elephant acts in the circus, and let it sit. Add the yeast, and let it turn your labor into wine!
This past weekend we had the whole weekend off and went into Queenstown for the nightlife. That was good fun and we ended up eating giant Ferburgers for breakfast. Last night we made pizzas and tonight, sushi!
While we are waiting for the rest of the grapes to ripen, I'm planning on doing a three day hike, or tramping as they call it here, and then returing for some more picking! For now, maybe a hike down to the lake and a dip in the sun!