jamie goode's wine blog: New Zealand, day 2 - Central Otago

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Zealand, day 2 - Central Otago

I'm sitting on a bench outside my room at the Carrick Lodge, a Motel in Cromwell in the heart of the Central Otago wine growing region. It looks set to be another beautiful day, which is great because I'll be meeting up with some other journos in a while for a helicopter ride over the region.

I was on my own yesterday, with appointments at Felton Road, Mount Difficulty, Pisa Range and Carrick. It was a wonderful day; the wines were really good; the people were interesting, generous and fun. I'm beginning to get a handle on this young wine region, with its raw, moving, almost unfinished scenery and piercingly intense light.

Some photographs. The three at the top of the page, top to bottom: Felton Road winery in their Elms vineyard; cover crop growing between the rows of the Calvert vineyard; a view of Cornish Point vineyard.

Pisa Range, the vineyard, with the Pisa Range, the mountain, in the background.

Mount Difficulty: one of the hillside vineyards

Mount Difficulty: vineyard in front of some rather distinctive relics of the gold mining era in the 19th century. This environmental vandalism is now protected!

A vine shoot at Carrick.

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At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8:14 PM, Blogger stu said...

I don't think I'd ever tire of looking at the Central Otago scenery. South Island in general too. Cannot wait to get back there and try some of those delectable Pinots from around Cromwell. V jealous.

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is paying for your trip?

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Jamie said...

Great photos! I would love to explore Central Otago some day. It should teach me a lot of new things about wine production and other related topics.

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