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Beautiful peonies picked from a Central Otago cottage garden - one of the delights of spring in Central Otago.

Beautiful peonies picked from a Central Otago cottage garden - one of the delights of spring in Central Otago.

A bunch of beautiful heritage roses pick before the Nor'west winds destroyed them.

A bunch of beautiful heritage roses pick before the Nor'west winds destroyed them.

Harvest time in Central Otago ...goodies from the garden, picked and prepared for making slow roasted tomato soup.

Harvest time in Central Otago .goodies from the garden, picked and prepared for making slow roasted tomato soup.

Enjoying the good life in Central Otago and home-grown produce - what could be better

Enjoying the good life in Central Otago and home-grown produce - what could be better

Trevor Deaker co-owner of 8 Ranges Wine, showing how this is truly a hands-on winemaker's region.

Trevor Deaker co-owner of 8 Ranges Wine, showing how this is truly a hands-on winemaker's region.

Wine excellence against an enormous backdrop - 8 Ranges Wines overlooking the Alexandra Basin and the big wide open vistas.

Wine excellence against an enormous backdrop - 8 Ranges Wines overlooking the Alexandra Basin and the big wide open vistas.

The harvest at 8 Ranges Wines, on the plateau overlooking the Alexandra Basin. This truly is an artisan hands on boutique wine industry.

The harvest at 8 Ranges Wines, on the plateau overlooking the Alexandra Basin. This truly is an artisan hands on boutique wine industry.

Mmm... the promise of a good vintage for 2014 at 8 Ranges Wines in Central Otago.

the promise of a good vintage for 2014 at 8 Ranges Wines in Central Otago.

Views overlooking the Alexandra Basin, Central Otago from inside the protective nets at 8 Ranges Wines.

Views overlooking the Alexandra Basin, Central Otago from inside the protective nets at 8 Ranges Wines.

Central Otago hot summers bring out the sweet intense flavours in fruit. What a pleasure there is in picking sunripened fruit from the garden.

Central Otago hot summers bring out the sweet intense flavours in fruit. What a pleasure there is in picking sunripened fruit from the garden.

Borage growing with gay abandon in a Central Otago garden. This beautiful cornflower blue flower is a perfect addition to a summer salad - do try.

Borage growing with gay abandon in a Central Otago garden. This beautiful cornflower blue flower is a perfect addition to a summer salad - do try.

Central Otago is probably the cleanist place on earth in which to make wine.

Central Otago is probably the cleanist place on earht in which to make wine.

The flavours of this glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir is inextricably linked to this magnificant landscape in which it is grown.

The flavours of this glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir is inextricably linked to this magnificant landsacpe in which it is grown.

Central Otago is a place where the desert like conditions give up the finest of flavours. Vineyards in this sub-region of Bendigo, Central Otago will exhibit their own distinct characteristics.

Central Otago is a place where the desert like conditions give up the finest of flavours. Vineyards in this sub-region of Bendigo, Central Otago will exhibit their own distinct characteristics.

Taking your taste buds on an outing with a fine Central Otago wine. There could be no better a place on a hot summer's day than views overlooking Bendigo, Central Otago

Taking your taste buds on an outing with a fine Central Otago wine. There could be no better a place on a hot summer's day than views overlooking Bendigo, Central Otago