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Wooing Tree Vineyard zone change to be publicly notified

Wooing Tree Vineyard zone change to be publicly notified

April 24, 2017. For immediate release

The first step in the process to rezone land owned by Cromwell winery Wooing Tree Vineyard for a boutique residential and commercial development amongst the vines has been achieved.

Central Otago District Council (CODC) has agreed to process Wooing Tree’s request for a private plan change, which could enable the leading Central Otago vineyard to shift the existing land zoning from rural residential to a mix of low- to high-density residential and light commercial for the planned Wooing Tree Estate.

CODC’s decision does not mean the plan change has been accepted – rather, the proposed re-zoning details will soon be publicly notified and made available for people to make submissions to the council, before CODC makes its formal decision.

A zone change will facilitate the development of the proposed Wooing Tree Estate on the 26-hectare site between SH6, SH8B and Shortcut Road. While Wooing Tree Vineyard and cellar door will remain at the site, the new development could include various community amenities, tourist attractions, retail, accommodation and prime housing lots.

Wooing Tree partners Geoff and Jane Bews and Steve and Thea Farquharson believe the change will allow a more fitting development for the growing town than is currently provided for under the existing zoning.

“We envisage the land becoming a desirable living and lifestyle space, including residential sections and an exclusive business area, all the while retaining the feel of a vineyard village,” Geoff Bews explains.

“There is a current shortage of residential sections available to accommodate Cromwell’s rapidly growing population, and we want to support the growth of our town by providing a development that’s far more attractive and suitable than the large-lot rural residential sections currently allowed. We believe Wooing Tree Estate will also enhance Cromwell’s appeal as a premium wine tourism destination,” he says.

Once CODC publicly notify the proposed plan change (Plan Change 12), a submission period will follow. A hearing for the plan change is expected later this year.


Photos of Wooing Tree Vineyard directors Thea and Steve Farquharson and Jane and Geoff Bews, plus a high-res concept plan of Wooing Tree Estate, can be downloaded here.

For more information, please contact:
Geoff Bews, Wooing Tree Vineyard co-owner 021 944 472

Steve Farquharson, Wooing Tree Vineyard co-owner 021 944 471

About Wooing Tree Vineyard
Established in 2002, Wooing Tree Vineyard is a family owned and operated vineyard situated in the heart of Cromwell, Central Otago. The 26-hectare award-winning vineyard is predominantly planted in pinot noir of multiple rootstocks and premium clones to give variety and complexity. Owned by Stephen and Thea Farquharson and Jane and Geoff Bews, Wooing Tree Vineyard is committed to producing top-quality grapes and wine. Located at 64 Shortcut Road, Cromwell, the cellar door offers wine tastings, sales and platters every day from 10am to 5pm. The vineyard is also available for weddings and functions.

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.