The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79
Before we leave Waerenga, the successful manufacture of wine there may be mentioned. The wine made there may be described as a good sound claret or light Burgundy. It is pure, whole-some and palatable, naturally dry in character, and constitutes a most suitable beverage for this climate. It could probably be grown at a good profit if sold at the low price of 7s 6d per gallon, and would be far more healthful that heavy beer and fiery whisky. A good judge of wine recently told the writer that he intended to lay down a stock of Waerenga wine, as he considered it far superior to most of the imported European light wines and less heady than the vintage of Australia which we set in New Zealand.
It may be added, with regard to the conditions under which the Waerenga farms are held, that there are no hard and fast lines as to the class of dwelling the selector lives in, so long as he resides on his section. He may live in a tent if he likes. But, as a matter of fact, although the eleven sections offered had only been taken up the previous October, four dwelling-houses had already been erected by the following January, and all are good serviceable buildings.