Despite Old Cromwell Town's proximity to Lake Dunstan and being flanked by mountain ranges with decaying snow patches, if it wasn’t for the McNaulty family’s historic fruit trees I think I would have melted! Sadly, the pregnant status also meant I got to watch everyone else savour their vino, while I sipped on ginger beer and homemade lemonade.
Read on to find out more about what was on offer: wine, food and music.
As far as grape varieties go, all the usual suspects were there including Central Otago’s showcase Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer. What I wasn’t expecting was the Flora, Amber and Method Traditional varieties available. According to my learned colleagues who were actually able to swill and swallow, they “weren’t half bad”.
Matching the food to wine was an eclectic experience as there was everything from bacon butties to Mexican dishes on offer. I have to say my favourite was the thin crust Italian pizza.
Despite the crockpot like heat, an appreciative crowd gathered, and the jazz band followed by Wanaka's country crooner Jody Direen added to the atmosphere. We headed off fairly early, however; one thing is for sure, next year we’ll be in attendance. Hopefully, I’ll be able to tipple with the best of them (junior adventurer in tow) at the 2016 Old Cromwell Wine & Food Festival.