From Gibson Bridge, it was a short cycle down the road to Mahi (meaning “our work” in Maori).
This was another one of my favorite wineries. We spent a while there, chatting with the granddaughter to the founder the winery. She was so young, and grew up there among the vines! She knew so much about the wine, and I could tell that she liked how young, curious, and enthusiastic we were, and wanted us to have a great tasting experience. We tried the ones our guide had recommended to us, then she insisted we try her favorite, also the quintessential Sauvignon Blanc, and a dessert Riesling, “because you have to.”
We didn’t get as much individual attention as we had been spoiled with in the other places, since it was quite a big business, but all the same, it was some of the best wine we’d had.
When we made our way back to the tour location, the tour guide did not only give us a ride back into town, but he dropped us off at a cafe, since we were about 45 minutes early for our bus, that was only a 5 minute walk back to the station!
It was my first time visiting wineries, and it was a day I will never forget. I’ve always had a pretty big interest in wine because it’s a very cool science, but also a very romantic art. And I learned so much more about it since I got a taste of so many different kinds! I learned about different growing and fermenting processes make how they make such a diverse range of flavors and tastes. A common theme among all the wineries was that the best wines are made as naturally as possible, which takes a lot of patience.
This is really the same for anything in life: preparing food, fostering relationships, and learning new things. For best results, handle with tender love and care, but allow yourself to let nature take control. Give things time.
We had a really light (and dirt cheap) meal of soup-in-a-pouch and macaroni.