Tales from the Tasting Room: Our True Locals

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Do you know that Oyster Catchers, so commonly seen on the beaches of Otago prefer to nest inland? They also become quite aggressive towards other Oyster Catchers and have been providing us with much amusement as they see themselves mirrored inthe Tasting Room glass doors. Scare tactics include crying loudly and pecking at the doors!… Read more »

Food & Wine Pairing Recipe of the Week – Pan Fried Eggplant with Central Otago Saffron Mayonnaise

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Central Otago Saffron

Many people don’t know it but there is a little family-owned business based in Bannockburn that is responsible for producing some of the world’s finest saffron. Heart of the Desert Saffron distributes saffron throughout New Zealand, and to US, Australian, Asian and London outlets. We thought we would use this subtle and delicious Central Otago spice in this… Read more »

Tales from the Tasting Room: A few unexpected visitors today!

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The Tasting Room Gardens

Four groups arrived at the tasting room today.  One phoned first from Cromwell and the others just arrived out of the blue – or should I say “grey”- it has been bleak, wet and windy at Bannockburn today and many folk find it perfect weather to go wine tasting! Blair gave them all a warm… Read more »

Get to know Bald Hills Wines: Video

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What makes us “Unmistakably Central Otago”?   Watch the latest video from our Bannockburn Winey. Why not pay us a visit and experience our award winning Central Otago Pinot Noir for yourself?

Central Otago Rosé New Release: Friends and Lovers Rosé 2013

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Bald Hills Rosé 2013

We at Bald Hills are delighted with the Friends and Lovers Central Otago Rosé 2013, made from our famous Pinot Noir grapes. The fruit is harvested from 3-4 rows of our earliest plantings and the wine was bottled just a month or so ago. It is drinking beautifully right now and sure to be good… Read more »

Tales from the Tasting Room: A Hidden Gem

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Bald Hills Winery, Bannockburn, Central Otago

Buyers continue to drift into Bald Hills, unexpected but happily received. Bald Hills is “off the beaten track” so frequently our visitors are sent from the tasting rooms of other wineries in the area. Our little “Hidden Gem” offers something a little more rustic compared to our neighbours. Both Akarua and Carrick wineries are less… Read more »

Bald Hills Vineyard News: September 16th 2013

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Frosts on the Central Otago Blossoms

Jack Frost is about! Frosts continue in Central Otago but are not yet of concern to vineyard operators. Until the soil reaches 10 degrees the vines remain dormant. Beneath the soil surface though vine activity continues in preparation for the big moment. Meanwhile under-vine weed spraying has commenced and mowing the sward between rows will… Read more »

Tales from the Tasting Room: Jacque Tucker – Video

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Estelle taking care of the Garden outside the Tasting Room

Our Tasting Room opens again for the season on Friday October 4th and we are very busy getting everything in order for our future wine tasters. We see some colourful people through our doors every year expect this season to be no different!   We have had some very entertaining guests pass through our tasting… Read more »

Bald Hills Vineyard News: September 9th 2013

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Recent trip to Kinloch Lodge

Today in Central Otago is simply gorgeous!  Hot sun, light breeze and just a few clouds. Will budburst occur unusually early this year? If so, the pessimist in me fears we might get caught by those late frosts in November when the shoots have begun to grow strongly but are still vulnerable! We can but… Read more »