We are participants in a seasonal work program initiative with Vanuatu and have for the last few years employed Vanuatuans in the vineyard during the growing season - October to May. We now have our own team consisting of Phillip, Jean-Luc, Vuni and Karlo, who return to us each year. They are a great bunch of guys, funny, friendly and with a great work ethic even running with the picking bins at harvest time. They are often heard signing and chanting in the vineyard, or chasing rabbits with sticks and even chase the blackbirds in the nets during their lunchtime.
We are all getting rather excited about the 2012 Tour de Wakatipu on the 7th April. It starts at Millbrook and finishes at Chard Farm and is probably the most picturesque and varied bike race on the New Zealand mountain bike calendar. You start at a golf resort and visit - 2 lakes, 3 rivers, 2 historic bridges, 1 airport, 1 deer farm, 1 sewage pond (!), 1 winery and even the burbs (Frankton). All of this in gorgeous autumnal Central Otago colours. Its a great day - with music, food and wine at the finish at Chard Farm. Find out more at www.tourdewakatipu.co.nz