Earnscleugh valley, near Alexandra, has some of New Zealand’s most varied temperatures – a lowest temperature of -12°C and a highest of 41°C were recorded here. Annual rainfall averages only 260 millimetres. Traditionally, it has been a centre for fruit growing, and increasingly for viticulture – pinot noir grapes in particular. These vineyards and orchards are surrounded by shelter belts of poplar trees.
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