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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.

Mmm... 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.