The day started out all wrong. The little tray on my Keurig went wonky just when I pulled the cup off. The result: hot coffee spilled on my jammies and leg at 6 am . Not exactly the way I wanted to begin my day .
Fortunately my jammies caught the brunt of the hot coffee along with the floor. It was a somewhat unconventional start to the day.
But it was all good because I was going to Mooresville to see my best friend that morning and we had a bit of an adventure planned. I had seen a piece about a winery in East Bend, NC that had a tasting room, was situated in a lovely pastoral setting and had……llamas. Yep. Llamas. Because llamas pair very well with wine.
So our plan was to meet in Statesville and go to Divine Llama Winery. I had emailed the winery the week before, offered up a couple of dates that we would be visiting and received a reply that the winery would be open on those days. We were welcome to come to the tasting room and stroll the winery and commune with the llamas. What could be better?
When we arrived we found workmen working on the outside of the tasting room but didn’t think anything about it. We parked and talked to a few of the llamas that were up close to the tasting room area. They didn’t really talk back but they were sweet. As we walked to the building we avoided electrical cords and other building materials thinking nothing of it.
We went to open the door and it was locked. We came to the brilliant conclusion that the winery was not open that day or at least the tasting room wasn’t. Pretty astute, right? And to answer the question on your minds—-the workmen said nary a word to us. I even tried to call the winery to see if we were missing where we were supposed to be but the message indicated the best way to contact the winery was to email them. Which I had.
So we decided to go ahead and see if there was something we were missing so we drove around a bit. We never saw another human but we saw lots of grape vines, llamas, dogs, chickens and mini horses. So we made the most of it since we were there and communed with a lot of llamas.
They were a bit aloof but some of them came to the fence and let us pet them. Their noses were incredibly soft.
Aren’t they pretty sweet? I think I still like alpacas a bit better. Remember how I got to visit an alpaca farm and take a little guy for a bit of a walk?
I wish I would have recorded a longer video but here is a very short clip of my conversation with one of my new friends.
We ended up having a great time despite everything. On the way out I noticed this sign.
We were there on a Thursday.
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Well no tasting but you did see and converse with some nice llamas. The concept of wine and Illame is a bit odd but why not. I’m sorry the day did not work out as planned but as always you seemed to make the best of it.! Happy Halloween!
The llamas cracked me up. They were very vocal and even if I never did understand what they were saying they were fun. Happy Halloween to you!
It was still a fun day!
It was! Thanks to you! 🙂
You got some great shots! I love Llamas too but I agree Alpacas are just a bit cuter. You have no idea how often I have gone to a place on the one day they are closed. At least you got to communicate with the llamas and spend time with your friend. (Even though the day got off to a bad start, Hot coffee, ouch!)
See—I think alpacas just have more personality and their bottom teeth jut out more which makes me giggle. Chris does a great alpaca impersonation. 🙂 I bet you can imagine that, right?
I am imagining it right now!! (and giggling)
Well, you made the best of the situation. Still, what a disappointment especially after you emailed in advance and were assured the tasting room was open.
We did make the best of it. I sent dates and not days so I think they just did not really check the calendar to make sure the dates I sent were the days they were there if that makes any sense. It is obvious that this is not their main business as they are kind of difficult to get hold of but one day I hope to go back for a tasting and a trek. 🙂
Sorry to hear you missed the wine tasting, but the llamas were a real treat!
I got to visit an alpaca farm a few years ago right at feeding time. That was a sight! 🙂
Jackie!! Great to hear from you today! I guess I just can’t comment on their wine, right? But the llamas were pretty darn adorable and very agreeable to being loved on which I imagine is the whole reason they are there! Thanks for stopping by.
Love the llamas! Shame you missed the tasting.
When my daughter was in the sixth grade, she gave me her Christmas list. Besides the usual stuff, she wrote “One llama.”
We knew it was a joke, but my husband and I bought a llama through Heifer International, then I found a little stuffed llama and wrapped it up, along with the donation card made in her name. She was quite happy with both!
Heifer is such a great organization and we have bought many an animal as gifts for others as well. I love that your daughter asked for one and got one! 🙂
I liked how you worked in “pajamas” and llamas! Did you happen to chat about the Bahamas?
Well, I’m sorry the winery was closed, but I LOVED the pics of the llamas! They are so adorable; in the close-up, the face reminded me a little of a horse. Sweet video.
Our local winery has goats…and a goat tower.
Oh my goodness. A goat tower? I ADORE goats. Ask anyone!
These llamas are so cute. Imagining what it’s like to pet their noses. That would make up for the winery being closed.
Sounds like a rather enjoyable visit, otherwise.
That’s a lot of llamas!
There were tons! but they were so fun to watch.
Oh they are so woolly and fluffy!!! 🙂
Too bad that you didn’t get to actually taste wine, but llama conversations are not a bad way to spend the day. ha.