The Lindis Peaks cherry development encompasses 35 hectares of pastoral land in the Lindis Valley, Central Otago. Depending on a second capital raise, Deep Creek Fruits will have the option to increase the Lindis Peaks development to 81 hectares in total.
Deep Creek Fruits has collaborated with the landowners of historic Lindis Peaks Station – a family owned and operated sheep and beef business seeking to diversify land use – to establish a cherry orchard for global production.
The first trees were planted in August 2019 with a second planting undertaken in winter 2020. If the cherry development is increased to 81 hectares, the final planting will take place in winter 2021.
With a natural elevation of up to 400 metres above sea level, the Lindis Peaks site is ideal for premium cherry production as it is less prone to frosts in the critical spring blossoming and fruit-set period.
The first Lindis Peaks cherries will be harvested in the summer of 2021-2022. Trees are expected to reach full mature production in 2025-2026.
Southern Fruits International LP will provide all packhouse and export services to Deep Creek Fruits.