Our people, Our stories

The great stories and people that make up the New Zealand wine industry.


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  • 03 Dec 2021

    Rudi Bauer

    Founder of Quartz Reef, Rudi Bauer, has made an extraordinary contribution to his adopted nation, having pioneered the Bendigo subregion, helped forge a reputation for Central Otago wines, and nurtured conversations about Pinot Noir, Central Otago, organic viticulture, and the place of winegrowing in New Zealand culture.

  • 03 Dec 2021

    Daniel and Adele Le Brun

    When Daniel Le Brun first visited Marlborough in 1978, he was “immediately convinced” the region had the potential for great wine.

  • 03 Dec 2021

    Andy Frost

    Andy Frost has spent nearly 40 years weaving science and research into the practical business of growing and making wine, with ground-breaking consequences for the wine industry.

  • 03 Dec 2021

    John Clarke

    John Clarke helped represent New Zealand’s wine industry throughout periods of major change, including geographical diversification, growing exports, and the “intense” time of Covid-19.

  • 03 Dec 2021

    Steve Smith MW

    Steve was the first viticulturist in the world to become a Master of Wine, co-founded and steered Craggy Range for 16 years, and launched Smith & Sheth with United States billionaire and environmental philanthropist Brian Sheth five years ago.

  • 26 Nov 2021
    Hawke's Bay

    Young Vintner: Maddison Airey

    Maddison Airey, a 23-year-old first-year Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science student from EIT, has won the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society & Craggy Range Young Vintners Scholarship for 2021.

  • 09 Nov 2021

    Generation Y-ine: Finn Horsfield

    When Finn Horsfield suffered a serious back injury, it spelled the end of his career as a builder. The young apprentice had to shut the door on the trade, and his attention turned to a previous dream of joining the wine industry.

  • 14 Oct 2021

    New Vintage: Holly West

    “As soon as I entered this industry, I felt like I belonged,” says Holly West, after she started working weekends at the Matua cellar door during her final year of high school. “I always knew that I wasn’t going to get a corporate or desk job, I wanted a job with purpose that I was passionate about.”

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