NZ Listener Columns
  • Central Otago’s Chard Farm celebrates a milestone.

    Issue 3908 2nd Apr 2015

    When 28-year-old Rob Hay planted vines on a ledge 70m above the Kawarau River, east of Queenstown, in 1987, there were plenty of sceptics. “In the Royal Oak Hotel in Arrowtown,” he recalls, “I overheard someone claiming that planting Chard Farm as a vineyard was a waste of bloody good merino country.” Hay and his wife, Gerdi Schumann, are celebrating a major milestone: 25 years since Chard Farm’s first pinot noir flowed in 1990. Their grapes are now grown mostly in the Cromwell Basin and the wines are exported to Australia, Asia, North America and the UK. “It’s a wonderful …
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