My parents have gone home but while they were here we joined a local tour to the Selis Vineyard and Farm. It's only 15 minutes drive from us but this was my first visit. I was hoping to pick up some tips on planting vines as we have about 5,000 square metres of land sitting empty and I fancy the idea of a few demijohns of home-brew bubbling in the workshop. Sitting on the terrace at Selis, we could have been in Italy. The setting is impressive with about 150,000 sq. m planted with vines, olive trees, fruit trees and artichokes. They also have a herd of pure white goats and produce their own cheese. As we walked up to the beautiful stone building that houses the winery and cellar, I was just about to ask the owner a few in depth questions about grapes varieties when we were overtaken by the goats. A gate had been left open and these greedy beasts knew exactly where they were going.
Straight for some impromptu vine pruning.
A few stern words from the owner had the staff rounding up the errant animals
and eventually they were persuaded back into their paddock.
I'm none the wiser about viticulture but the trip was worth it just to watch the goats have such a fantastic time.