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    Global Marketing Manager | INVIVO & CO.

    Rachael is British born and had been living in London for 12 years when she started getting itchy feet and contemplating adventure. In 2016 she got in touch with an old colleague who had emigrated to New Zealand to see if she had any roles available at her company. A couple of skype interviews, visa applications and farewell bashes later, she was on her way to the southern hemisphere for the very first time.

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    Winemaker | Wither Hills | Marlborough

    Patricia was born in Olivar bajo - a small agricultural town in Chile 1.5 hours drive south from capital city Santiago. She studied to be an Agriculture engineer, and following graduation and a short stint at the Central Bank of Chile, she chose to follow winemaking as a career. After a number of vintages around the world and New Zealand, Patricia chose to raise her family in New Zealand, and is now a proud citizen.

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    Winemaker | Coal Pit Wine | Central Otago

    Anika grew up in Ohio, USA, far from any wine region in the United States. She always enjoyed wine, and while studying for an undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, she started a wine club with a friend called "The Ohio State Wine Club", and from there, her love for the industry flourished.

  • 27 Feb 2021
    North Canterbury

    Mike Weersing: Life at the cultivatable limits

    The Californian-born winegrower spent 24 years in Aotearoa, and he will be remembered as one of the country’s true champions of terroir, a courageous explorer of how this could be most clearly transmitted, and the maker of meaningful wines.

  • 25 Feb 2021

    Apprentice scheme grows new shoots

    Rylee Adams is an apprentice at Accolade’s Woolshed Vineyard in the Wairau Valley, indulging her passion for large machinery while learning about everything from trunk disease to fluorescence counts.

  • 17 Feb 2021

    NZ Winemaker of the Year: Jules Taylor

    Jules Taylor has just been awarded Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s NZ Winemaker of the Year. The Judges said, “Jules is one of New Zealand’s modern pioneers. She produces outstanding wine, is fiercely proud of her region, and mentors the up-and-coming breed of Kiwi winemakers."

  • 14 Jan 2021

    Designing the perfect career in wine

    Despite growing up among the wine industry, Arabella studied fine arts, having decided that following her passions would steer her in the right direction. Her degree has given her many advantages in her role as brand manager at Astrolabe, including vineyard photography and designing the company’s labels.

  • 17 Dec 2020

    Rhys Hall: Young Viticulturist of the Year

    Growing grapevines is a complex business, says the Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year. Throw in seasonal vagaries, plant physiology, technical advances and business strategies, as well as the challenge of managing people across a myriad of roles, and “no two seasons are the same”.

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