With its stone and glass construction set among a dramatic backdrop of snow capped mountains towering over a shimmering lake Hayes, this restaurant will leave you speechless before you have stepped through the front door.
Inside you find a warm and inviting atmosphere with delicately constructed dishes designed to excite the taste buds and challenge the imagination with wine matches from their own Amisfield vineyards.
A must try for serious foodies.
With food dishes created around fresh seasonal local produce, Carrick's cuisine is a true taste of Central Otago.
Local game; fish and shell fish from our cold water southern seas; summer fruit, local organic vegetables and Carrick's own wines are all on the menu waiting to be tasted.
Don't just see the region, taste it too.
DESERT HEART CAFE
At the heart of the Bannockburn desert is Desert Heart.
Desert Heart has a unique cafe that has been built out of shipping containers and sits on their Bannockburn vineyard overlooking the Kauwerau river.
This is a beautiful and quiet spot to enjoy a glass of rose and a platter lunch.
MT DIFFICULTY RESTAURANT
Sit on a terraced patio in the Central Otago sunshine and enjoy a glass of Mt Difficulty wine whilst looking over the vineyards of Bannockburn.
Is there any better way to spend an afternoon?
Whether platters to share or a more substantial a la cart menu, Mt Difficulty has something to suit all palates.
WILD EARTH KITCHEN
Halfway down Kawerau Gorge and across a narrow bridge there is an old 1860s gold mining town equipped with sluicing cannons; it's here that you will find the Wild Earth Restaurant and tasting room.
With their unique utilisation of retired French oak Pinot Noir wine barrels, they steam, bake, grill and smoke their delicious array of regional foods on the spot.
Stop by for a barrel stave tasting platter with a wine flight match.
WOOING TREE RESTAURANT
Named after a local landmark, the "wooing tree" was a romantic destination and that has not changed.
With a green lawn dining area overlooking their own private pond and a playground for the kids, Wooing Tree is the perfect place to relax for a platter lunch including their own delicious oak barrel smoked salmon and a few glasses of chilled white Pinot.
SPACE AT THE BASE
Wines on pour, beer on tap, and antipasto platters on the lawn.
Sit in a comfy beanbag amongst the Scott Base vineyard with a tasty platter lunch and a glass of Moa Beer or Alan Scott wine, all while perched on a hill looking out over the Cromwell basin.