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Gin palace for Lake Dunstan, but Peter Thiel faces uphill battle

Brent Melville
Tue, 07 Jun 2022

Gin palace for Lake Dunstan, but Peter Thiel faces uphill battle
The shore of Lake Dunstan will be the home of a new booze distillery. (Image: Scapegrace)
Brent Melville
Tue, 07 Jun 2022
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel may have hit a snag in his efforts to get development approval for his Wānaka rich list retreat, but it's apparently okay for locals to build a massive distillery on the shores of nearby Lake Dunstan.Central Otago consenting authorities signed off on the $25 million distillery that is owned by small-batch distillery and exporter Scapegrace last June, and construction has started on the lakeside site near Cromwell.The 36-hectare site was purchased by Scapegrace owner, The Gin Company, in 2019.The distiller, known...

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