Fruits of the Land
Cromwell is known as the 'Fruit Bowl of the South”. The Central Otago climate is perfect for fruit growing and many orchards exist in the area growing many different fruits.
The fruit industry in Cromwell, New Zealand also adds to the seasonal beauty of the landscape. Dramatic transformations take place with the burst of spring blossom to the snowy white winters, long hot summers and the flaming colours of Autumn. There are various fruit stores and some even offer tours of their operations as well. You can’t get fruit much fresher than that!
With a warm and dry climate, perfect for viticulture, vineyards flourish around the Cromwell vicinity. There are a number of beautiful vineyards to visit producing some excellent wines. The stony soils, distinct seasons and low rainfall of Central Otago are ideal for producing gold of different kind.
Do a tour of a few and spend your afternoons tasting wine, or at some, stay for a meal, here are three quality vineyards to get you started.
Felton Road Wines
Wine tasting and sales, 10am to 5pm daily (except weekends May-Oct). Felton Road, Bannockburn.
Mount Difficulty Wines
Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vineyards and is one of most respected wineries in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's rugged South Island. Situated in Bannockburn, a unique and rare area of extremes, Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Central Otago's wine production.
The Big Picture
This is a one stop “essential wine adventure” to take you on a journey of discovery. Uncover the fine wines of Central Otago, meet the winemakers and view the stunning scenery that makes this region so unique. There is a Mediterranean restaurant and try the ‘Aroma Room’ an interactive wine film and tasting experience.