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Producer of the Month: Wooing Tree

Central Otago is the world’s most southerly wine-producing region, famed for some of the New World’s most impressive expressions of Pinot Noir. Owned by Stephen and Thea Farquharson with Stephen’s sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Geoff Bews, Wooing Tree is a family-owned vineyard site situated in the heart of Central Otago next to the town of Cromwell. The location gives a perfect mix of various sub-regional climates and optimum heat degree-days.

The estate’s name refers to an iconic tree which was a popular place for locals to woo their lovers and dominates the vineyard to this day. The impending removal of the tree resulted in a fierce protest from many of the locals to save it. Needless to say it was decided that it had to stay and that it was the obvious name for the vineyard and wine label.

At the moment there is fresh snow on the mountains surrounding Cromwell, so everyone at Wooing Tree is in frost fighting mode. Frosts are the biggest problem in Central Otago; we are told that there will be plenty of sleepless night until harvest in April!

Year on year as the vine age increases, so too do the Wooing Tree awards, most recently securing a Gold medal in the 2015 IWC awards for their 2012 Pinot Noir, which was also a Wine Merchant Top 100 Winner in 2015. The 2013 vintage has just won them the accolade of ‘Otago Winery of the Year’ from the New York International Wine Competition, while Blondie 2016 has been awarded a Gold medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2016. Wooing Tree have changed the packaging of Blondie with this new vintage in order to show off its beautiful colour – it will be available from the end of the October.

See Wooing Tree’s wines.