After we found motel for the night at Cromwell, we took a drive up to Bannockburn area. Evening of day six of our fast trip around the South Island with my friends from the UK. November 7, 2013 New Zealand.
Any one interested in following our trip around the South Island.. here is a map: www.wises.co.nz/l/south+island/#c/-45.149671/169.902439/14/
Bannockburn is a small historic gold mining town located outside of Cromwell in Central Otago, New Zealand.
The area was first made known as a rich alluvial gold field and was mined extensively in the 1860s.
Its uniquely warm, dry climate earned it the name 'The heart of the desert', as climatic conditions and human activity have combined to strip the area of most of the original native vegetation leaving rocks, sands and soils exposed. Today, these climate conditions make Bannockburn the home of many vineyards and stonefruit orchards.
Wine in this region, like the majority of Central Otago, focuses primarily on Pinot noir, suited to the dry climate and soils. The climate of Bannockburn epitomizes that of the Central Otago wine region and claims some of the highest temperatures and lowest rainfall in the area. The area is limited by geographical constraints to relatively small outputs, and most of the vineyards boast a boutique high quality wine with typically small volumes of grapes. The nearby location of the bustling tourist city of Queenstown is considered to be one of the possible reasons for the region's ability to have rapidly gain recognition for the quality of the wine produced. Several internationally renowned vineyards exist within a small radius producing wine that is distributed often to an international base. Akarua, Bannock Brae, Felton Road, Mt.Difficulty, Kingsmill, Terra Sancta (formerly Olssen's) and Desert Heart are among a few of the internationally known vineyards in this area.
For More Info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannockburn,_New_Zealand