About Us

At The Wild Walnut, we care passionately about creating the best tasting preserves in the country. This has been our craft since 1997 and although the Café and catering arms have been added to the business, this has not diluted our passion for making first-class products.

Peter Bertam, Founder of The Wild Walnut in its modern form, moved to New Zealand in 2003, following a lifetime of culinary involvement in various destinations across the globe. A true visionary, Peter saw the potential of the small town of Lawrence and his entrepreneurial attitude and unique outlook on life have shaped much of The Wild Walnut's philosophy. Although Peter became tragically ill and passed away in 2005, his legacy lives on; Peter's daughter, Sue and her husband Jim, along with their team, commitment endless energy and enthusiasm to continuing Peter's work. 

The friendly warmth of the team, their delicious café style treats and tasty bottled preserves have cemented The Wild Walnut with its iconic, well-loved status in the community of Lawrence. The Wild Walnut is a 'must stop' destination on the itinerary if you are travelling in the Otago Region, especially near Dunedin, Alexandra, Balclutha, Queenstown, Wanaka, Oamaru, Invercargill or Gore.