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  • Published: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772071
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $55.00

The Vineyards of Central Otago


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A beguiling, beautiful snapshot of Central Otago wine – its history, its distinction, and the people who have made it all happen.

From humble beginnings in the 1980s, the Central Otago wine industry has grown into a major calling card for the region and New Zealand. Set within a magnificent landscape, many of the vineyards and their wineries have themselves become thriving tourist attractions.

The Vineyards of Central Otago tells the enchanting tale of the people who risked it all to capture the Pinot dream: the vineyard developers and owners, the viticulturists and winemakers. From diverse countries and backgrounds, they have all shared a passion for Central Otago and a belief in its one-of-a-kind wine-growing potential.

Full of colour and character, and celebrating the very best of Kiwi endeavour, The Vineyards of Central Otago is a visually stunning showcase, and a must-have for anyone who’s ever fallen under the Pinot spell.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772071
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $55.00

About the Authors

Viv Milsom

Viv Milsom’s family were wine and spirit merchants in Dunedin, so when she was growing up Sunday roast was always accompanied by a glass of imported red or white wine. Ski holidays in Central Otago were also part of family life.
Gaining a BA Hons in Political Studies and English from the University of Otago, Viv went on to work as a television and radio news journalist. A switch to secondary education and, in particular, teaching English led to an interest in print journalism. Ten years ago Viv moved to Central Otago to work as a freelance writer and journalist. The Vineyards of Central Otago is her first book.
When not writing, Viv loves to spend time with her family, play golf, ski, travel and walk the hills near her Wanaka home with her chocolate lab Fudge.

Mike Wilkinson

Born in England, Mike Wilkinson started his photographic career in Africa then moved to New Zealand, and is now one of the most established professional photographers in the country. He has been working for leading advertising agencies for 40 years, producing some of New Zealand’s iconic images. He is a keen traveller and adventurer – wherever he goes, his camera goes too. Mike has travelled to some of the most remote and exciting places in the world, and in 2012 produced his first book, Our Far South, on the Antarctic region.
Mike moved to Wanaka, Central Otago in 2013 to pursue special projects involving the dramatic landscape, which is a constant inspiration to him.


Praise for The Vineyards of Central Otago

“Milsom decants a very human story of stubborn determination to make the region one of the world’s premier producers of pinot noir ... written with obvious affection for the place, the people and, naturally, the wine.”

Christopher Moore, New Zealand Listener

“A wonderful keepsake ... You can just about taste the wine!”

Professional Skipper


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