Meet the United Nations of Drumborg
THE annual grape harvest might have wine lovers drooling over the prospects of the next vintage, but there are two other groups who look forward to it just as much.
For foreign backpackers, it’s a chance to earn some money while travelling around Australia, while for a band of locals it’s a chance to meet up once again, enjoy the lifestyle that comes with the work – and learn a fair bit about other cultures along the way.
Both those aims are in evidence at Jack and Lois Doeven’s Drumborg vineyard, which started harvesting last week, a process that will continue for about another two weeks.
The 40-strong workforce includes working holidaymakers from around the world and locals who come back each year.
“We’ve had people coming here for more than 20 years and my base group is fantastic,” said Mrs Doeven.
“I have to say overall it’s a wonderful group of people we’ve got here and there’s lots of fun. Half the vineyard’s learning French and it’s really working out well.”
While it’s all hands on deck to get a range of wine grapes ready for the next stage of their trip to a bottle, the Observer caught up with a few of those that help the Doeven operation tick.