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  • 20 Apr 2021

    Wrights Vineyard & Winery: biodiversity and community

    Wrights Vineyard and Winery is based in Gisborne and produces certified organic, biodynamic wines. The husband-and-wife team of Geoff and Nicola Wright are passionate about creating wines in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

  • 16 Apr 2021
    North Canterbury

    A balancing act at Bell Hill

    If Sherwyn Veldhuizen didn't love her day job so much, the North Canterbury winegrower might spend all of her time farming fungi.

  • 30 Mar 2021

    Organic succession of Millton Vineyards

    “We have an expression that unless you have dirt under your fingernails, you’ll never know how to grow a vine,” says James Millton from his eponymous Gisborne vineyard.

  • 23 Mar 2021

    Success in Succession: Bladen

    Christine and Dave Macdonald admit it was a romantic whim to name Bladen for their children Blair and Deni.

  • 12 Mar 2021

    Dog Point: Giving up the driver's seat

    There was never any pressure nor expectation the Sutherland children would join parents Ivan and Margaret in Dog Point Vineyards.

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    Winemaker | Carrick | Central Otago

    Growing up in Central Hawke’s Bay, Rosie wanted to work with animals and become a Veterinarian. After not getting into the required programme at University, Rosie defaulted into a Science Degree while still trying to figure out what to do with it.

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    Assistant Winemaker | Black Estate | North Canterbury

    Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Nao was working as a computer engineer in Tokyo when she decided to take a year off to backpack around New Zealand. That was in 2007, and fourteen years later, Nao is still living in New Zealand today.

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    Marketing Director | Te Mata Estate Winery | Hawke’s Bay,
    Chair | Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers

    Sally was born and raised in the United Kingdom and made the move to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband and two sons 14 years ago. Sally’s career has spanned a range of industries from FMCG to publishing, as well as working for the world’s two largest toy companies, before finding herself at Marketing Director at Te Mata Estate Winery.

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