‘Vineyard village’ proposed
‘‘This project offers the opportunity for boutique visitor accommodation and activities.’’
Central Otago winery Wooing Tree Vineyard plans to develop a boutique residential and commercial space designed to complement its wine business in Cromwell.
A zone change will need to be granted by the Central Otago District Council to facilitate the development of the proposed Wooing Tree Estate, which is pegged for the vineyard’s 26-hectare site between SH6, SH8B and Shortcut Road. While Wooing Tree Vineyard 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 would allow a more fitting development for the growing town than is currently provided for under the existing zoning.
Wooing Tree Vineyard coowner Geoff Bews said the plan, designed to accommodate the regional population growth and further enhance Cromwell’s appeal as a premium wine and tourism destination, was ‘‘a step towards growing Cromwell in a way that will support its tourism, wine and residential interests’’.
‘‘Tourism development is key for Cromwell and this project offers the opportunity for boutique visitor accommodation and activities, as well as community amenities for locals. We want to support the growth of Cromwell by creating a desirable living and lifestyle space, featuring sections of various sizes and an exclusive business area, all the while retaining the feeling of a vineyard village. Our plans provide for far more attractive and suitable growth than the large lot rural residential sections currently allowed.’’
Ten per cent of the proposed development was allocated to commercial activity, while the remaining 90 per cent was reserved for grape vines, residential lots and open spaces. The Wooing Tree, which the vineyard was named after, would take pride of place in a public green area. The development would also provide access to Cromwell’s town centre and complement the new cycle trail which was proposed to link Cromwell to Clyde, Wanaka and Queenstown. Wooing Tree Vineyard wanted to change the zoning to a mix of lowto high-density residential and light commercial. The partners invite informal public feedback on the proposal.
Wooing Tree directors Thea and Steve Farquharson and Jane and Geoff Bews. Wooing Tree Vineyard co-owner Geoff Bews