Imagine walking into a winery to do a tasting with five children (under 5), three grannies, three moms and a friend. Here in NZ, they didn’t even bat an eye. In fact, the winery employee told us to take the kids through to the restaurant kitchen and ask for some fish scraps to feed to the pet eels. We visited three wineries that day and there were toys and kid activities at each one. Kiwis do love their children!
Here’s the crew tasting some wines at Pegasus Bay winery. Two of the families we’re friends with also had grandmothers visiting at the same time that Omi was visiting us. The guys cracked a few jokes about needing an escape from the mothers-in-law, but they’re actually lucky because our moms have been great. My mom never made any critical remarks or judgmental comments. She didn’t even tell me that my house was dusty (which it is!). The grannies hit it off and got together later for coffee.
We ate lunch at one of the wineries, one whose sign advertised a “cafe” rather than this one where there were two forks and two spoons at each place setting. If anyone visits us here, we’ll take you on a day trip to the Wairapa valley wine region, just an hour north of Christchurch.
Pegasus Bay winery had gorgeous grounds, and the pet eels live in this pond under the bridge.
Yikes, if you’ve never fed eels before, it’s a bit creepy. At first the water appears empty, but then dark shadows start to writhe out of the depths. They come right to your feet, pushing their noses out of the water, reaching for the food. These critters can travel over land, believe it or not. Fascinating for mommies and kiddies alike!