One thing we really wanted to achieve during our time in New Zealand was finding some volunteering work on a vineyard. At the time, before I’d set foot in the country, I wasn’t much of a wine lover. Sure, I enjoyed the odd glass or two *cough cough*, but that was the extent of my knowledge. Scott, on the other hand, having worked in hospitality for years, knew a lot more about brands, grapes and types of wine than I did. This quickly rubbed off on me and I realised I wanted to know more about how wine goes from grape to bottle, as well as discovering my favourite flavour of grapes.
We signed up for the WWOOF New Zealand website and scanned all of the listings, but only one really stood out to us. Many of the assignments were on farms, not vineyards, which narrowed down our choices somewhat. We applied, but never heard anything back. So, we did what any normal people would do and stalked the owners of the vineyard until they accepted us. (I joke, of course, but we did follow up our application with a personal email stating why we wanted to work there.)