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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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24 | southern holiday destinations cromWell | MarCh 2018 autumn all about colour in cromWell Photo credit: Helview Flights After a long hot summer vintners and orchardists are among those welcoming a glorious autumn to the Cromwell Basin. The last grapes and fruit are gathered as the hills turn gold but there’s still plenty to do with Cellar Doors and fruit stalls welcoming visitors most of the year and four world-class ski fields getting into gear for the season. At one of the area’s oldest vineyards, Carrick, fine dining is accompanied by fine art. Some of the country’s best known artists such as Nigel Brown and Hannah Kidd are currently exhibiting and there’s interesting stuff underfoot as well as on the walls. Under the restaurant floor, visible through glass panels are stacks of barrels in the vineyard’s own winery. Cellar door manager Sol Felix says the main advantage of having your own, is that you can work to your own schedule. Grapes can come in precisely when the winemaker feels they are ready for how he wants process them. The result are unique offerings, beautifully named and labelled. Bannockburn’s offerings in general are expanding with new cellar doors opening as well as newcomers in art, craft and food. The former general store now houses Transpire, a fibre studio that bursts with colour thanks to its illustrious owner, Mellissa Uber-Lopez and business partner Nicola Galt. Friends drop off wool to the pair’s 1880 building where a flurry of new colours and textures are bursting forth in this most Kiwi of enterprises. “I love what I do,” Mellissa, originally from Malaysia, says. “I just want to make my own colours and I don’t want to be like everyone else. It’s New Zealand wool that I love and that everything is handmade.” More colour is in store for Cromwell at the second ‘Light Up Winter’ party in the Cromwell Mall in late July. A sea of fairy lights, music, competitions and much more are planned for the Cromwell & District’s Promotion Group event. Local delight victoria arms Hotel Cromwell’s Victoria Arms Hotel and Restaurant offers a la carte dining and stone grill options, plus all day menus available at the bar. The hotel was built in 1874 by James Stuart who remained the licensee until his death in 1899, when the licence was taken over by his wife. The hotel is located on the lake front of Old Cromwell’s main street within the Heritage Precinct. The fully licensed premises offers street side and indoor dining as well as space for private functions. Known for its fine food and genuine historic ambience, the Victoria Arms Hotel has wonderful views over Lake Dunstan and new owners Jan and Krystan Tall aim to provide visitors with a special dining experience. For further information find the Victoria Arms Hotel on Facebook. Victoria Arms Hotel, Restaurant & Pub offers A-la-Carte and Stonegrill dining options. All day menus also available in the historic bar. The hotel offers accommodation for those on a budget. Superb views over Lake Dunstan to be enjoyed. VICTORIA ARMS HOTEL 65 Melmore Terrace, Cromwell | E: vicarms2017@gmail.com | P: (03) 445 0607

MARCH 2018 | cromWell & Wineries soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 25 river rock estate Cromwell’s River Rock Estate is a boutique vineyard, winery and cellar door with luxury vineyard accommodation. The 1 hectare vineyard was first planted in 2004 and produces Pinot Gris, Chardonnay-style Pinot Gris,Two Together, Pinot Noir, Naked Pinot, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc wines and is also home to Tommy Cooper Port. The cellar door is housed in a picturesque barn and offers tastings, sales and wine merchandise. It is open daily from 11am-9pm in summer and 11am -5pm during the winter months. Accommodation at River Rock Estate comprises Vineyard ensuite rooms that cater for two adults and a cottage that is designed for four adults. Visitors will enjoy the estate’s restful views of the Carrick, Dunstan and Pisa Ranges and the fairways of the nearby golf course. Also recently added is a private Hot Tub/Spa experience. River Rock Estate conveniently located within five minutes walk to Cromwell town- ship where amenities include a swimming pool complex, mini golf, shops, cafes and restaurants. For further information and bookings visit www.riverrockestate.com Quest Farm Wines Quest Farm Wines began in 1999 when vintner Mark Mason left the Sacred Hill Winery he had co-founded in 1986, to focus on producing “one variety” wines. He established Quest Farm Wines on steep undulating Central Otago slopes which offered a variety of soil types and perfect potential. Today Quest Farm comprises 20 hectares with 18 different individual vineyard blocks and produces fine Central Otago pinot noir grapes, enabling the creation of rich complex wines. With single-vineyard bottling, Mark has been able to achieve subtle style with aromas of rosehip, dark fruit and spice with a long, structured palate. It is the wine he likes to drink and is the wine Quest Farm shares with the world. Quest Farm wines are available in New Zealand, Australia and China and are stocked locally in Central Otago or can be purchased on-line. further information visit. tHe Wooing tree vineyard cromWell toWn and country club Our purpose-built Club is on the shores of the Kawarau arm of Lake Dunstan We provide a relaxed friendly atmosphere for members and guests to enjoy great company, great facilities & great service. Play pool or darts, try your luck on our 11 gaming machines, share the excitement of Sky TV sports events with friends and family or enjoy our Central Otago weather & outstanding lake views from our deck. Printers Bay at the Club Bistro, where On Holiday in Cromwell? Are you a Club Member? home cooked, light and main meals are excellent value for money. Kids are well catered for also, with our small kid’s room, large blackboard and outside playground. All the favourites on our kid’s menu also Cromwell Town and Country Club always welcomes members from affiliated clubs throughout New Zealand. So, don’t be a stranger next time you are in Cromwell, drop in and enjoy all the benefits of feeling you belong. Wooing Tree is situated in the heart of Central Otago, New Zealand, next to the town of Cromwell and opposite the big fruit sculpture. The family owned single vineyard site specialises in Pinot Noir and also produces a Rosé, a still Blanc de Noir called “Blondie” and now a sweet wine called “Tickled Pink” from the same grape variety. Wooing Tree Chardonnay and Pinot Gris have also been added to the portfolio. The Wooing Tree label has had a remarkable first few years, 10 trophies, numerous gold medals, 5 star ratings, and praise from wine writers worldwide. Jointly owned by Steve and Thea Farquharson and Jane (Steve’s sister) and her husband Geoff Bews, they returned from overseas to run the vineyard, having setup the 18 hectare property in 2002. Steve had studied viticulture, wine making and the wine trade at Plumpton College in the UK, and Jane had also studied viticulture there. Nevertheless, owning and developing a vineyard was still a sharp learning curve. wine tastings • sales • lUnCHes • FUnCtions • weddings The Central Otago location gives a perfect mix of sub regional climates and optimum heat degree-days and the aim was to produce a pinot noir with rich and intense fruit flavours from low yielding vines. During the clearing of the land for planting, they discovered a 100 year old tree commanded a place in local folk lore as “the wooing tree” and a rendezvous for sweethearts and lovers. The tree was retained and the story provided the perfect name for both the vineyard and the owners’ new wine label! Today Wooing Tree sits prominently in the middle of the vineyard, which has become a popular location for marriage proposals and weddings. We offer wine tastings, sales, lunches and platters, all in a relaxed childfriendly environment with a sandpit and slide. Functions and weddings are by appointment and the Cellar Door is open 7 days Summer 10am-5pm, Winter 11am-4pm, and in winter for tastings and sales only. The Cromwell Town & Country Club welcome all affiliated members and guests to our relaxed and friendly club rooms with a million dollar view over the Kawarau arm of Lake Dunstan. Our Members Lounge is open Monday to Friday from 2pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am. Our restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday from 5.30pm with great home cooked tasty meals. Cromwell Town & Country Club Melmore Terrace, Cromwell Ph: 03 445 1169 E: cromwelltc@xtra.co.nz www.cromwelltownandcountryclub.co.nz Cellar Door 180 State Highway 8b Cromwell info@questfarm.co.nz www.questfarm.co.nz Opposite the ‘Big Fruit Sculpture’ Entrance via Shortcut Road Cromwell, Central Otago contact@wooingtree.co.nz www.wooingtree.co.nz 03 445 4142 OPEN 7 DAYS Summer 10am – 5pm Winter 11am – 4pm (winter tasting and sales only) Boutique Vineyard & Winery Vineyard Accommodation Cellar Door Wine Tastings & Sales Open 7 Days Winter 11am - 5pm Summer 10am - 9pm 1 Shortcut Road, Cromwell. Ph 021 270 5518