Born – Worcester South Africa
Bred/Schooled – Wolseley (RSA), Tolaga Bay (a real introduction to NZ – pasty honky gets his comeuppance), Katikati, Dunedin (Otago Uni – BCom/LLB), Lincoln (Grad Dip V & O).
1992 - Pruning Long Gully Vineyard (now part of Mt Difficulty) for my father after University – minus 2, fog, no workmates. Brutal. Put me off for 12 years before having another crack!
Accountant with Deloitte in Dunedin – after the Long Gully experience I swore off farming!
Still working towards this :) – I keep telling myself the reward is the journey!
Robin (my father) – can’t beat 40+ years of experience with a university education…
The whole catastrophe - Rosie (very barky Huntaway with a propensity to disappear) and Bluey (uber-cool kitten who sorted the dog out in no time). Plus 5 brown shavers, 2 silkies (there were 4 – damn ferrets), a Shetland pony (called Cheeky) and shortly 2 kune-kune piglets. The good life indeed…
A small group of our friends we have made around the world.
Our two kids (cliché I know but definitely the truth).
More iconic success stories brands to hang our hats on. More focus on differentiated wines, less FMCG commodity wines. NZ has to be about adding value and not churning out dross.
Corporate accountant with Diageo in London (last job before the wine industry).
I drive/race my Formula Ford whenever I get a chance – solid back of the field. Part of the exclusive LOFT racing team – “Lack of F***ing Talent”.