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Wooing Tree is a family owned single vineyard site, situated in the heart of Central Otago next to the town of Cromwell and opposite the "Big Fruit Sculpture". The location gives a perfect mix of various sub-regional climates and optimum heat degree-days.
When trying to find vineyard land we were looking for the typical north-facing slope to give less frost risk and greater exposure to the sun, however we ended up buying a relatively flat vineyard. So far we have not had any problem ripening the grapes, but we do have to frost fight during the growing season.
In 2001 we put in an offer for the land and purchased it in 2002. We took on the services of viticulturalist Robin Dicey to help set-up the vineyard and manage it in the development stages. This enabled us to stay overseas and continue to pay the bills remotely. Approximately 44,000 vines were planted in 2002. The 26 ha single vineyard site has 16 ha planted in mainly Pinot Noir of multiple rootstocks and the following premium clones, 5, 6, 115, 667, 777 to give variety, complexity and risk minimisation. The vines are all grafted on American rootstock to prevent phylloxera problems.
Owned by Stephen and Thea Farquharson and Stephen's sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Geoff Bews, who are all committed to producing top quality grapes and wine and are a truly family owned and run business. We are originally all from farming backgrounds in North Otago, then more recently working in IT both in Wellington and overseas.
Steve and Thea were working in IT in the UK 1998 to 2004 and Geoff was working in IT in the UK and Switzerland 1998 to 2004. We all came back to Cromwell to run the vineyard at the end of 2004 in time for our first vintage 2005.
Steve studied viticulture, winemaking, the wine trade and WSET Diploma in Wine at Plumpton College in the UK before setting up a wine importation company, Extreme Wines and selling wine in the UK 2003 to 2004. Jane studied viticulture at Plumpton College also.