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The first thing you’ll notice about Jane De Witt is her broad smile and carefree laugh. She eschews pretension – in wine and life – while succeeding brilliantly in both. As Lion’s Head Winemaker North Island, she leads the production of seven brands and myriad wines, dominated by sparkling production.
Spectacularly located on the edge of Lake Dunstan in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, Misha & Andy Wilkinson’s 57-hectare estate has a ’no compromise’ philosophy across all aspects of viticulture and winemaking.
The picture-perfect setting of Rippon on the shores of Lake Wanaka looking out to Ruby Island has a fairy-tale quality. Last month, Rippon was awarded the Best Vineyard in Australasia and ranked 8th best in the world.
Toi Toi Wines have partnered with Forest & Bird to help save one of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the Kākāriki, during the current ‘mega-mast’ crisis.
North Canterbury’s Waipara region is a wine rebel’s paradise. The birthplace of some of New Zealand’s most ambitious wines, it’s also home to Dom Maxwell, the winemaker at the acclaimed Greystone Wines.
Clifford has helped create a point of difference for the North Canterbury wine region, she is the principal of a wine company where the two major roles are held by women, and is the current CEO of Eat New Zealand.
Jeremy Hyland is a viticulturalist who has championed the hard work New Zealand’s RSE workers and viticulture teams do over the winter months through the Silver Secateurs competition.
Kirsty is the first grape grower in New Zealand licensed to grow industrial hemp, thanks to legislation passed in November 2018 allowing the seed to be grown as a food product. As well as extra income, hemp is proving to be an excellent cover crop, attracting insects and nurturing the soil.
The Roll of Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers recognises those who have contributed substantially to the New Zealand wine industry. Whether it be through research, innovation or sustainability, their invaluable efforts and unwavering dedication have helped our industry grow and prosper.