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Amongst The Vines

Amongst The Vines

Posted by Dave Fahey: 12th May 2016 @ 10:22:12

Living in Queenstown we are fortunate to live in a place with everything on our doorstep. You never have to stray too far to enjoy great food, views or activities. This however lead to the bubble phenomenon. I often refer to Queenstown as it own little bubble, a bubble that people often struggle to escape. However, it is essential from time to time to burst the bubble and stray a little further from your surroundings.

Living here we are also fortunate to be surrounded by other regions of exceptional beauty. This past Sunday (Mothers Day) we took the plunge, burst the bubble and ventured east to Bannockburn. Now I can hear most people asking where? But if wine and fine food are your thing you have probably come across the name Bannockburn. Situated just 40 minutes drive from Queenstown & just before Cromwell, Bannockburn is most famous for it’s exceptional wine, particularly Pinot Noir.

Amongst the vineyards of Bannockburn the flagship winery would have to be Mt Difficulty. Nestled amongst the vines on a elevated platform on Templars Hill is the cellar door and restaurant - our destination for what proved to be an exceptional dining experience. Bannockburn's unique location and surrounds produce New Zealands only continental climate, similar to the western seaboard of the United States. This combined with it’s soil (which incidentally looks like it should not support any form of life) have proven to be a match made in heaven for growing Pinot Noir grapes. So who was I to resist the temptation to indulge in a glass - when in Rome after all!

The restaurant boast an amazing outdoor courtyard, where our elevated position extended our view far across the basin and the perfectly manicured rows of vines, surrounded by the last of the autumn colours. As the sun drenched our bodies and the Pinot trickled into our veins it was hard not to feel like I had been transported far far away from normality.

Our wine was perfectly accompanied by home made breads and spreads and followed by a lunch of duck & fresh southern ocean salmon. Its fair to say that the chiefs put as much time and love into the preparation of every dish that leaves their kitchen as the wine makers do with every bottle produced.

If your visiting Queenstown, or are a local and need an excuse to burst the bubble then Mt Difficulty should be on your list. Located just a short distance from town, Mt Difficulty produces  world class wine and delivers fresh local dishes that are bound to impress even the most distinguished pallet. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

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