FROM THE NEWS DESK
Akarua Winery invited the
Mirror to visit its new Pisa Development Vineyard near Cromwell last Friday.
Vineyard manager Mark Naismith was justifiably proud of local support developing the property and had organised a wee barbecue for 65.
Everyone bought something – a tractor, a banner, a freshly caught trout – so it became an impromptu trade fair.
I was overwhelmed but grateful to learn about Cromwell’s very real opportunities from machinery suppliers, irrigation and employment consultants, painters, earthmovers, post hole diggers, computer geeks and others.
Vines were planted around Cromwell in 1864 but the industry did not get onto its feet until the 1970s. Central Otago is now New Zealand’s fifth-biggest wine producing region and Cromwell is the pinot noir capital.
Two things might stop the train: available land and labour. I won’t address land issues here. But if you want a real job, go to Cromwell.