Television series Under the Vines has returned to Central Otago for filming.

The show’s second season — secured before the first season even hit the airwaves — is  filming throughout the region, with Clyde standing in as town ‘‘Peak View’’, home to characters Daisy Monroe and Louis Oakley and their Oakley Vineyard.

Producer Paul Yates said cast and crew would be in the area for 10 weeks of filming, including four weeks in Gibbston and Queenstown.

The region was the perfect setting for the show, he said.

‘‘Central Otago has become one of the premier wine-making regions in Aotearoa, if not the
world, so that, coupled with its natural beauty, make it such a perfect backdrop for the story of Daisy Monroe and Louis Oakley trying to run the struggling Oakley Wines Vineyard they  inherit.’’

Leading-lady and co-executive producer Rebecca Gibney played a key part in choosing the show’s location, he said.

The show was originally conceived as being set in South Australia, however, Central Otago was chosen so Gibney could be closer to her Dunedin home.

‘‘We love filming in this beautiful landscape and representing the warm, friendly people of Central Otago,’’ Mr Yates said.

Central Otago residents were involved as extras and in a few smaller speaking roles, as well  as part of the crew.

While the Covid-19 Omicron outbreak had caused some challenges for filming, stringent testing, bubble and masking regimes had allowed producers to respond to the few members of the cast and crew who had tested positive, Mr Yates said.

And what can viewers expect for season 2?

‘‘We can’t give away spoilers this early — suffice to say there are some challenges for the Oakley Wines crew as they approach harvest and a couple of great new characters joining the guest crew who make life very interesting.’’