Another reason to vote for Oamaru


Warren Barton suggests you wend your way to Waitaki:

Don’t write off the Waitaki Valley, which straddles the boundary between North Otago and Canterbury, as a producer of quality wines – especially pinot noir.

This from Grant Taylor from Valli Wines, following the pullout from the area of two of the bigger producers, Craggy Range and now Pasquale, the latter owned by an Italian who spent millions establishing vineyards and a winery there.

If anyone should know it is Taylor -who grew up in Kurow, in the Waitaki Valley, honed his skills in the United States and returned in 1993, when the entire Otago vineyard was measured at just 20 hectares, to become the winemaker at Gibbston Valley Wines. . .

The proximity to the Waitaki Valley with its wonderful wines, honey, salmon and trout fishing, skiing – snow and water – tramping, yachting, boating, Vanished World fossil trail . . . is another reason to vote for Oamaru as the country’s Sharpest Town.

Seven Sharp’s video showing more of the town’s attractions is here.

You can vote here.


Duntroon renaissance


Duntroon is a small township in the Waitaki Valley.

Like the rest of North Otago it was hard hit in the ag-sag of the 1980s. The school roll dropped, the shop and garage closed as farmers stopped spending and jobs on farms and in supporting businesses were lost.

But gradually Duntroon is returning to life. Irrigation has brought more people and prosperity to the valley. The developing wine industry has added to work opportunities and visitor attractions. The Flying Pig cafe opened, a group of volunteers resurrected the old forge then developed a base for the Vanished World Fossil trail.

More recently they spruced up the old gaol which has now been enhanced by the presence of a post policeman handcuffed to the culprit of a crime which is left to the viewer’s imagination.

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