THE VINE­YARDS OF CEN­TRAL OTAGO

VIV MIL­SOM & MIKE WILKIN­SON, PENGUIN RAN­DOM HOUSE, H/B $55

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To­day Cen­tral Otago is viewed as one of the jew­els in the crown of New Zealand wine re­gions, but back in the 1970s and 80s it was a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. The first wine­grow­ing pi­o­neers were told they were crazy to at­tempt to grow vines so far south – it was too cold, the sum­mer was too short to ripen the grapes and there was lit­tle knowl­edge of the grow­ing con­di­tions. In this book Viv Mil­som tells the sto­ries of this de­ter­mined hand­ful of grow­ers, draw­ing out the growth and char­ac­ter not only of the peo­ple but of one of the world’s most ad­mired pinot noir re­gions. Gor­geous photos by Wanaka-based pho­tog­ra­pher Mike Wilkin­son cap­ture both the splen­dour of this ma­jes­tic re­gion and the essence of day-to-day op­er­a­tions of these flour­ish­ing winer­ies, cov­er­ing 21 winer­ies in six re­gions – Gibb­ston, Alexan­dra, Ban­nock­burn, Low­burn­pisa, Bendigo and Wanaka. TW

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