Wooing Tree is a family owned single vineyard Pink Moon, is nestled below the Pisa Ranges in the town of Cromwell in the heart of Central Otago, New Zealand.
We’re lucky enough to be nestled into a stunning glacial mountain valley. Not only is our location scenic – it is perfect for ripening pinot noir. This grape is notoriously fussy about where it likes to grow! Cromwell’s dry climate and cool nights allow pinot to ripen slowly, developing layers of complex flavour pinot lovers adore.
We purchased the original land in 2002, and 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.
Planting 16 hectares of vines, mainly Pinot Noir, the vines were spur pruned (usually at 2 buds per shoot) and shoot thinned, leaf plucked, bunch thinned and green harvested all by hand during each season. Our first vintage was in 2005, which started our journey to an Award Winning Central Otago vineyard.
This vineyard was our home until 2021, when Steve and Thea purchased what we now call Pink Moon Vineyard, a 20 hectare site located on Cromwell-Luggate Highway under the Pisa Ranges with 17 hectares of planted vines including 20,000 (approx. 8 ha) of transplanted vines from the original vineyard. Purchasing and expanding Pink Moon vineyard has allowed us to expand our range to include Gewurztraminer and Late Harvest Gewurztraminer.
Pink Moon has approx. 16 hectares of Pinot Noir, 1 hectare of Chardonnay and just under 1 hectare of Gewurztraminer. The 2023 vintage was the first to include the fruit from the transplanted vines. We have continued our green harvesting by hand.
We have a computer controlled irrigation/fertigation system, which is monitored via Aquaflex data loggers to keep an eye on soil moisture and temperature levels.
Birds are often a problem leading up to harvest (we don’t blame them – the grapes are pretty tasty!) and we net the rows to help keep the birds away.