Erica Crawford is the founder and CEO of Loveblock Wine. Originally from South Africa, she is an industry legend, founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands. Her career in the wine industry was quite by accident, she began working as a medical research scientist in Cape Town until she attended a wine festival and met a kiwi called Kim.
Katie, the 17-year-old vineyard hand, graduated from the New Zealand School of Winegrowing last year, the only Marlborough Girls’ College student in the first intake and a brilliant poster child for the initiative.
Originally from Oregon, Jen Parr, winemaker at Valli Vineyards, now calls Central Otago her home. Like many people in the wine industry, her career did not follow a straight path. She began in financial software sales and is now an award-winning winemaker and recent finalist in the Gourmet Traveller NZ Winemaker of the Year award.
We teamed up with podcast creator Lawrence Francis of Interpreting Wine to provide in-depth coverage of our annual tasting in London and interviews with Jamie Marfell, Warren Gibson, Sam Bennett, Kevin Judd, Rebecca Gibb MW, Ronan Sayburn.