Autumn on the Great Taste Trail

Autumn, the season of mellow fruitfulness, has been almost unbelievably beautiful here this year. The warm, calm days are going on and on, providing us with tip top cycling weather. The hop harvest is long gone and the grapevines are starting to drop their leaves and hunker down for the winter. The warm afternoon light makes for some great photo opportunities.

This one was taken alongside the Great Taste Trail in the Waimea Estates vineyard. The trail runs through the vines here and the vineyard cafe  is always humming. Their seafood chowder is not to be missed, and this recommendation comes from a long-time chowder fan! 
The apple season is in full swing and the sweet smell of apples is hanging in the air along the Great Taste Trail. It’s not surprising cider-making is undergoing something of a revival here, with the easy availability of apple juice. Moutere cider makers Alex and Caroline Peckham grow their own apples for their cider, using tree-ripened heritage cider apples   When cycling on the Great Taste Trail, you can sample Peckhams cider in Mapua at the Golden Bear Brewery. McCashins award-winning Rochdale cider is also available on the trail at their funky brewery/cafe, just across the paddock from The Gentle Cycling Company. 
At this roadside orchard stall, visitors are encouraged to taste before they choose. Not only are all the apples and pears lined up on their plates, but their lineage is outlined too for those interested in the origins of the fruit. Supermarkets, eat your heart out!! This artistic still life arrangement is classic Nelson. Simply beautiful.