When in Cologne

A two hour train ride from Amsterdam and we were in Cologne, Germany! Which was exciting not only because hello, new country, but since Gerrit’s from there it’s all I’d heard about for the past 5 months. So although we didn’t do much research we had a pretty good idea of what we were getting…

72 Hours in Amsterdam

Although excited to start my Euro trip, the trek from Australia to Amsterdam was a hell of a way to start. I don’t know if you know this but Australia is like really far from the rest of the world. For some reason I thought it would take less time to get to Europe than…

Top 10 Things to Do in Bali

Finally home after my six months abroad, so sorry for the all the back-logged posts! I’m trying to keep them in order and turns out traveling with people 24/7 is not the most conducive to writing. Who knew? Anyway, let’s talk Bali. On making it back to America, everyone asked, “So which place was your…

6 Drives to See Before You Die

I love road trips. To me, they are the epitome of adventure. Pack me in a car with friends any day and let’s go. The world is vast and you have to start somewhere. The summer we graduated high school, my friends and I did a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco. Little…

36 Hours in Melbourne

If there’s one thing I learned in our short time here, it’s that people don’t go to Melbourne for the sights, they go for the culture. And when the culture is full of great food, nightlife, happy people and beautiful weather, can you really complain? We flew in Friday from Adelaide and upon arriving to…

An Extensive Guide to Clare Valley

I have to say Clare really grew on me. Hands down the smallest town I’ve ever lived in it definitely took some getting used to but now even thinking about leaving breaks my heart. I’m going to miss running and biking on the Riesling Trail, spending every day off in the Health Shop with the…

5 Hours in Adelaide Hills

One rainy weekend back when we had weekends, we made the trip to one of South Australia’s smaller wine growing regions, Adelaide Hills. And it wasn’t half bad! Being so close to Adelaide, many city-dwellers drive up for the day to go tasting so we had to at least see what all the hype was…

McLaren Vale McLovin’

It’s getting hot in here. And by hot, I mean 46° Celsius (114° Fahrenheit) plus humidity. So hot in fact, we only worked half days all last week and had one day cancelled entirely. By the time the weekend rolled around, Gerrit and I couldn’t take it any more so we decided to head to…

4 Wineries You Must See in Coonawarra

Since harvest this year’s running pretty late, the team was nice enough to give us a four day weekend for Australia Day. They even set us up with a ute and swags, so naturally we went as far away as possible. We caught some rays and camped at the 42 Mile Crossing just south of…

The Pre-Harvest Push

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Despite having grown up in Catholic school, I’m not a very religious person. However when it comes to winemaking, this prayer has never been truer. You see as…

An Aussie Life for Me

Walking out of the airport, I quickly realized two things: It was summer. I had no idea where my hostel was or what it was called. Luckily about a second later, a guy my age walked towards me and asked, “Are you Hannah?” Sure enough it was the other intern, Eric, who had picked me…