In the Heart of Wine Country

November 17, 2010

We had just wrapped up our stay at the B&B/Farm when Nick threw another surprise my way – he told me we’d be spending 2 nights in a private apartment on a vineyard in the Otago Valley!  I’m sure you can imagine my delight… everything about it sounds romantic.  And as with just about everything on this trip, it fully lived up to the wild expectations I had for it.

Our place was adjacent to the owner’s home, in the heart of the lush wine valley.  The space was beautifully decorated in a decor style Nick and I decided we’d call ‘Modern Country’ (perhaps a new look Target should check out).  We felt immediately at home and went out exploring.

The vineyard produces Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (the same thing as Pinot Grigio).  They aren’t open to the public, nor do they have the production facilities here, so it was really quiet and peaceful.  The place it reminded me of most was Tuscany.  The combination of rolling hills, tall trees and endless rows of grapes made me have flashbacks to my study abroad experience in Italy.  I continue to be fascinated by the country and the incredible variety of topographies that it has.

I wasn’t kidding when I said we made ourselves right at home.  Nick even received an adorable dandelion and ‘note’ from the little 4 year old girl that lives on the property.  Why didn’t I think of that to woo him?  :)

Ours days were spent visiting local wineries trying the region’s best Riesling and Pinot Noirs.

Our first night there we tried the “Trust the Chef” Tasting Menu at the Amisfield Bistro, which accompanyies the vineyard.  It was 5 courses of pure delight, I tell you…

On our final night we decided to take advantage of the big outdoor bbq area on the property.  We lit a roaring fire and enjoyed a selection of local cheeses that complemented a bottle of wine we had chosen at Felton Road vineyard.  It was a perfect way to end a relaxed couple of days.

Half the trip’s over, but there’s still lots more to come including Queenstown, Milford Sound, Auckland, Gisborne and Wellington!  Go on and indulge me by checking out some of my great shots over at SMUGMUG.  I’m pretty proud of what I’ve been able to capture thus far!

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  1. naomi says:

    Jealous of several things :) the trip, the location, his surprises and your ability as a couple to just let loose, enjoy and celebrate your relationship. Jealous!

  2. sarahlynn60 says:

    Yeah, we’re taking it all in while we have the chance. I know kids changes EVERYTHING!

  3. naomi says:

    kids aren’t *ALL* bad … but yes, they definitely change EVERYthing! Even now when we do make a priority to have a date night once or twice a month, the topic of conversation inevitably ends up on … THE KIDS!

    Keep soaking him up … and enjoying your time together! Good job!

  4. sarahlynn60 says:

    Will do – I appreciate the sneak peeks into ‘the other side’ though. I’m sure we’ll need some success strategies from pros like you!

  5. Lindsay says:

    1) Wait, are you expecting?
    2) I remember going to the Felton Road Winery. I hope you are having a fantastic time. I feel like I”m an honorary Kiwi since I am now related to one, so I am so glad you are enjoying your stay there. Check out the town of Hamilton when you get up to Auckland. That’s where my sister in law is from!

  6. sarahlynn60 says:

    1.) No, we’re just thinking about kids in the next few years
    2.) We went there too! Drinking a bottle of their wine as we speak. I don’t remember hearing about you visiting here, when was it? And yes, kiwis rock! They’re so warm and friendly, just like Minnesotans!

  7. Lindsay says:

    We were there in 2006 when John’s brother got married. We spent a week and a half in NZ and 3 days in Sydney. My most favorite trip!

  8. sarahlynn60 says:

    Too cool!

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