The VinPro Winery was established in Cromwell in 2004, and produced its first vintages in 2005 under the leadership of winemaker Carol Bunn. It has a total processing capacity of 800 tonnes and around 85% of that is for Pinot Noir.
There are many small family-owned vineyards in the area, and utilising the local community’s contract wine-making facility such as Vinpro makes sense for many of them, particularly in terms of sustainability. Vinpro has a great reputation, with many trophy-winning wines stemming from the company.
The VinPro winery staff work as a team, providing a ‘Continuity of Excellence’ which ensures knowledge about the unique terroir for each vineyard, their grapes and the winemaking history is shared. There’s a constant flow of exchange between our viticultural team at Wooing Tree, and the winemaking team at VinPro. Consequently, there is a continued and consistent quality between vintages as much as possible given the complexities and nature of making great wine.
Peter Bartle has been Wooing Tree’s chief winemaker since 17 May 2010. Pete started his winemaking career in the Hawkes Bay. After graduating with honours, he spent five years learning the ropes at Villa Maria Estate, three months at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa, California, a year as assistant winemaker at Forrest Estate in Marlborough, four years as winemaker at Olssen’s in Central Otago, and five years at Peregrine, before joining VinPro. Pete lives in Alexandra with his wife Dora, daughter Paige and sons Oscar and Pedro. Pete likes to keep fit with cycling, and has an ‘eclectic’ taste in music, wine and food!