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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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”.
Felton Road is one of the legendary names in New Zealand wine. Since the first vintage in 1997, the brand has acquired a formidable worldwide reputation for their Pinot Noir.
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.