Those of you passing by the Farm recently will have noticed progress with the Arrowtown Gibbston leg of the new cycle/walkway trail. It goes right past Chard Farm on the other side of the road and incorporates 4 gorgeous suspension bridges. The most impressive by far is the Edgar bridge, crossing the Arrow river just before it meets the Kawarau River opposite Chard Farm. Its a monster 80m wide and 60m high. We cant wait to have it up and running in September this year bring it on .
A strange thing happened the other day at the Farm. Some guys pulled up in the car park and pulled out some fancy climbing gear, crampons, belay ropes, helmets, ice axes etc. They wandered into the tasting room and requested a drink and information on the best route to scale Lola! Greg Thurlow and Colin Rolfe were super impressed with Lola when visiting recently. They decided to return and be the first to summit her. No oxygen was required for the successful attempt and Im sure we saw Lola blushing a bit.
We all know most wineries have a resident cellar door dog - recently there was even a book published on that very subject. How many wineries can lay claim though to having a cellar door hedgehog? We have a very friendly baby hedgehog here by the name of Harry, who is often seen greeting customers as they come up our path to the tasting room. He is only the size of a lemon, but doesnt seem intimidated at all by people and even visits the scary Lola at least twice a day!