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, Wooing Tree Estate is a truly family-owned and -run business. Originally from farming backgrounds in North Otago and more recently working in IT both in Wellington and overseas, they all came back to Cromwell (Central Otago) to run the vineyard at the end of 2004 in time for their first vintage in 2005.
The estate is so named after The Wooing Tree, a local landmark that sits prominently in the middle of the vineyard. It has long been a place for locals to woo their lovers, and if it could talk, would have many a story to tell! These days it is not quite the private spot it once was, but they still have plenty of visitors proposing marriage and even getting married under the beautiful iconic tree, amidst the vines.
About Wooing Tree
Owner Steve Farquharson stands underneath the eponymous 'wooing tree' as he talks about the estate and Central Otago.