Wooing Tree is owned by Stephen and Thea Farquharson and Stephen’s sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Geoff Bews. We are all committed to producing top quality grapes and wine and are a truly family owned and run business. Originally from farming backgrounds in North Otago, more recently we worked 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. He then set up a wine import company, Extreme Wines, selling wine in the UK from 2003 to 2004. Jane also studied viticulture at Plumpton College.
These days we all work hard in the business. It is just as satisfying hearing of another new accolade, as seeing families enjoying the wine and relaxing at our cellar door.