John Clarke

John is a Gisborne contract grape grower having planted his first vines in 1982.

A former Mayor of Gisborne from 1989 to 2001 he is also a former Chair of Gisborne Winegrowers and is currently on several Boards in the Gisborne region.

John was elected to the NZ Grape Growers Council in 2006 and was Chair of the Grape Growers Council during the formation of NZ Winegrowers Inc. in 2016.

He was elected as Chair of NZ Winegrowers in May thus becoming the first grape grower to lead the national body.

Philip Gregan

Philip Gregan is the Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry organisation that represents, researches and promotes the interests of New Zealand grapegrowers and winemakers.

As Chief Executive Officer, Philip reports to the Board of New Zealand Winegrowers and is responsible for overseeing the functioning of NZ Winegrowers and proposing policy positions to the Board. 

Philip has been with New Zealand Winegrowers and its predecessor, the Wine Institute of New Zealand, since starting as a Research officer in 1983. He has held the role of Chief Executive Officer since 1990. Philip has gained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Hons) degrees, majoring in Geography, from the University of Auckland. He is married to Robyn McGregor and has three daughters.

Dr Alison Stewart

Professor Stewart is an applied plant scientist with a 35 year career focused on sustainable crop production. Her research expertise includes plant biotechnology and soil health. Alison is internationally recognised for her work on the control of plant diseases using beneficial microbes. She has successfully commercialised a number of biotechnologies for the horticulture and arable sectors in New Zealand and the USA. She is a Fellow of the NZ Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Science and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and was elected a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in 2009 in recognition of her services to plant biology.

Michelle Dickinson

Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr Michelle Dickinson always dreamed of as a child, and is still trying to achieve them as a full time nanotechnologist and engineer. With a background in fracture mechanics Michelle is formally trained in breaking engineering components, but is passionate about devoting her life to breaking sterotypes through her science media work on National TV and radio. Michelle has worked exclusively with billionaires and brilliant minds, offering her input helping to design technologies for a sustainable future. A kitesurfer, casual rock climber and martial artist, Michelle works hard to inspire females to push the boundaries in both science and sports and to encourage sustainable living through engineering design.

Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Michelle was winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015 and was winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in 2014.

Alanna and Pete Chapman

A few years ago Pete and Alanna Chapman visited some mates in India where they were confronted with one of the most important issues in the world today, modern day slavery. Every twenty seven seconds a vulnerable person is trafficked or sold into slavery. It was such an overwhelming issue they found it hard to know how to respond. They couldn’t shake the feeling they needed to do something to help. In 2017 they came up with a plan. What about a wine where 100% of the profits go towards ending modern day slavery. This snowballed into a social enterprise wine brand called 27Seconds.

Alec Lee

Alec received his Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Biotechnology from the University of British Columbia where he started his first company, M Prep, focusing on pre-medical education. In 2014, Alec transitioned to Harvard Business School’s MBA program, spending one year at the MBA before leaving to pursue new startup ventures. He teamed up with co-founder Mardonn Chua to craft spirits and wine from their individual molecular components at Ava, where Alec has been CEO since 2016.

Andrew Lorrey

Andrew (Drew) Lorrey (PhD, University of Auckland) is Principal Scientist that leads the Climate Observations and Processes programme at NIWA. Drew uses instrumental data, natural archives and models to define climate history for New Zealand, small Pacific Islands, and the wider Southern Hemisphere. Drew’s observation-based research links daily weather changes to modes of variability. This supports seasonal predictions that can reduce impacts of variability and extremes on water resources and infrastructure. He currently researches tropical cyclones, pre-historic climate using old weather data and tree rings, and he is developing a long-term Southern Alps glacier photo archive.

Bruce Forlong

Bruce Forlong is a Mechanical Engineer who along with his wife Marian in 2013 moved from Auckland to Blenheim into the viticulture industry he knew nothing about. The change was to live on a sheep and beef farm in the Upper Wairau Valley and learn about what it takes to manage his vineyard. As an engineer and industry outsider he purposely seeks to question why things are done the way they are and try and find alternative solutions to problems he finds.

Dr. David Jordan

DJ is considered one of Australasia’s leading viticulturists who has significant commercial experience in the production of premium wines consulting with leading wine producers in New Zealand and Australia.   He has been in the grape and wine industry for 35 years, initially as a Viticultural Scientist and as a consultant at Vine to Wine to Market since 1994. 

DJ is a graduate of Lincoln (BHortSci Hons) and Oregon State Universities (PhD)

He is fascinated with how technology will transform the production of winegrapes and how this will shape the future of the industry and “Future Ready Vineyard Design”.

Dr. Nick Cradock-Henry

Dr Nick Cradock-Henry is Senior Scientist, Landscape Policy & Governance at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in Lincoln. Nick’s research is focused on building resilience to low-frequency high-impact events, and climate change in the primary industries. He works with closely with a range of stakeholders and end users including Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, NZ Winegrowers, and the Ministry for Primary Industries on assessing the impacts of hazards, developing and supporting better response capabilities, and planning for future uncertainty. He is based in Lincoln, NZ.

Frances Blakeley

My name is Frances Blakeley. After a few years of travelling the world and working in hospitality I developed a passion and enjoyment for wine. 

I have been working for Glengarry Wines for the last two  and a half years and am currently a retail manager in the beautiful city of Wellington. 

During the last two years I have completed the Court of Sommeliers Introductory Certificated and WSET Level 2. I have recently sat the level 3 exam in which I await my results. 

I love wine and look forward to exploring more about the industry. 

Francis Hutt

The art of winegrowing in an Organic and Biodynamic direction is a movement with serious muscle in New Zealand, and Francis Hutt is an absolute shining light in that regard.  Having been a member of the NZ Biodynamic Association for the last decade and immersing himself in workshops held across the world on a regular basis, Hutt’s philosophy on winemaking and life is “Listen, observe, translate”. 

It’s a philosophy which has earned the wines he creates at Carrick in Central Otago, a swag of awards since he became the youngest chief winemaker in the district back in 2011.

Prior to that, Hutt trained at Lincoln University before a 7-year immersion in pinot noir working at Martinborough Vineyard in Martinborough, 12 months in Burgundy followed by further vintages in Oregon, Australia and England.  He oversees the winemaking at both Carrick and its sister vineyard Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island, is and Otago-MBA and has recently taken over from Steve Green as general Manager of Carrick wines Ltd

In his spare time he’s a snow-chaser and mountain bike racer.

Geoff Thorpe

Geoff Thorpe is the founder and Managing Director of Riversun, New Zealand’s largest supplier of grafted grapevines. In that time, through Riversun he has been involved in the replanting of Gisborne vineyards when phylloxera first appeared in 1982, then again in Marlborough in 1989. As grafted vineyards have reached the end of their economic life, he has worked closely with numerous clients across New Zealand as they have started rolling out their replanting programmes. He has been at the forefront of innovation in the NZ vine supply industry for over 30
years, championing vine certification, new variety and clonal importation and driving R&D into vine health and longevity

Greg Dryden

Greg Dryden is the owner and senior consultant at Fruition Horticulture (South Island). He looks after the teams in Marlborough and Nelson specialising in consultancy, research and technical services. A key focus of Greg’s work is supporting growers to collect and understand data streams to drive continuous improvement in their viticultural businesses. He has been working on the viticulture financial benchmarking programme since 2007.

Hamish Elmslie

Hamish Elmslie is a co-founder of Wine Grenade, a company founded in 2014 with a vision to radically change the way that heavy red wine is matured globally. 

As the company’s Head of Product, Hamish has led the development of the Wine Grenade device from concept to commercialisation. Today, Wine Grenade has customers in 8 countries and their technology is being used to help mature more than 1,000,000 litres of wine & spirits at any given time.

Hamish co-founded Wine Grenade after completing a Masters in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Auckland, leaving a career in financial services.

Joanne Brady

As a Viticulturist for a large wine company Joanne Brady is aware of the realities involved in pursuing sustainability in the vineyard. The easy wins, the hurdles, the subterfuge, the sustainability warrior vs. the cost accountant, and, thankfully, the meeting of minds.

Jonathan Miller

Leading the future insights team at Callaghan Innovation, Jonathan is focussed on how fast changing technologies combine with global megatrends to create a changing landscape for NZ businesses. He strives to help Callaghan Innovation customers understand and take advantage of that changing landscape. For example he led the development of Callaghan Innovation’s recent AI whitepaper.

Jonathan was a product development engineer before developing a career in technology commercialisation, and now technology strategy.

Jonathan has previously served on the board of NZTech and he presently chairs the industry advisory group for a 12M government funded ICT research project called STRATUS.

Josh Decologne

Originally hailing from Canada's west coast, Josh studied science before discovering that wine was a great way to escape university studies. After a few stints, including writing for his school’s periodical and leading the university’s wine club, Josh became one of the youngest Canadians to receive his WSET diploma and become a CMS Certified Sommelier. Along with blogging and holding wine classes, Josh was a consultant at a specialty wine store and in restaurants pouring tasty libations; he eventually co-founded Ava Food Labs in San Francisco with curiosities of what the future of food and drink could become.

Marcus Wickham

Graduated Lincoln University 2002. Developed and managed 400Ha of vineyards throughout the South Island as Head viticulturalist for the Mudhouse Group for 8 years.

2008 co invented and co-founded the KLIMA vine pruning system that has changed and continues to change the way people prune vineyards and drive the costs out of pruning for growers all over the world.

These days Marcus shares his time between the KLIMA business (trellis division) and the family business, Ormond Nurseries Ltd where he is a director and oversees the commercial vineyards and new product development.

Dr Mark Eltom

Mark has spent his career developing R&D for wine industries in New Zealand and Canada. Most recently, he worked with the NZ wine industry to help develop to deliver the research and innovation strategy at NZW. Now, he is focusing on helping individual businesses across NZ to grow by investing in research and innovation. He’s passionate about the positive difference new thinking and fresh ideas can make to a business or industry.

Mark Gilbert

 Mark retired as Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand in 2012.He has nearly 30 year’s automotive industry experience, working in both New Zealand and Asia for international company’s Volvo, and BMW; where he held a  number of senior executive roles, in a number of different countries.

Since 2012, Mark has become a Professional Director, with Chair/Director roles in a diverse range of organisation's. He joined the NZ Winegrowers Research Centre Limited, as Chair, in March 2018 and is looking forward to seeing this joint industry/ MBIE investment deliver grape to glass research innovations and initiatives.

Dr. Mark Krstic, PhD, B. Agr. Sci., MBA

Mark Krstic is currently employed with The Australian Wine Research Institute, where he works as the Business Development Manager. Mark has previously worked for the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and CSIRO. Mark has accumulated over 22 years experience in the wine industry related research, development and extension. Mark currently sits on the Victorian Governments’ Wine Ministerial Advisory Committee, is a past President of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) and graduate of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Wine Industry Future Leaders Program (2010). Mark is passionate about wine and involved in leading many new R&D initiatives through his role within the Australian Wine Research Institute, including research into smoke taint, climate change, irrigation and the grape and wine quality continuum.

Mark Naismith

Entering the Central Otago wine industry in 2002 Mark worked through the ranks with both feet firmly planted in the vineyard. Growth in the region entailed development and management across several sub regions. Following a 2 year OE Mark worked the following 3 years on a bio-dynamic property before taking on the Vineyard Managers role with Akarua in January 2013. Since then Mark has led Akarua’s viticulture including premium Pinot Noir and Methode Traditionelle production expanding Akaruas holdings from the original Estate vineyard of 48 Ha’s to 122 Ha’s across 6 vineyards and 2 sub-regions combining sustainable and organic growing.

Dr. Matias Kinzurik

Dr. Matias Kinzurik is Research Programme Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW). He holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as graduate degrees in Chemistry from both Rice University, USA, and the University of Auckland, NZ. Since joining NZW in 2017, he has been involved in the management of the research portfolio, which consist of over 60 individual projects, making up the three major Research Programmes: Vineyard Ecosystems (MBIE co-funded); Lighter Wines PGP (MPI co-funded), and Pinot noir (MBIE co-funded).

Matt Bocock

Restaurant manager/sommelier at WBC restaurant with over 10 years experience in Wellington hospitality. I love many facets of wine and am currently exploring the growing natural wine scene and list primarily organic, sustainable New Zealand produced wines at WBC. I look to international markets for influence and to keep abreast with trends. I'm also a craft beer enthusiast and enjoy the occasional boutique GnT. When work permits I like to travel abroad and experience different cultures, cuisines, wine and beverages. My suitcase always comes back full of wine!

Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders completed a Bachelor of Horticulture and Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University before beginning his career with Villa Maria in Hawkes Bay at the Esk Valley Estate Terraces firstly in the winery, then later moving out to manage the vineyard. Looking after Villa Maria’s contract growers brought a great exposure to a wide range of approaches to viticulture and winemaking which broadened Mike’s knowledge base. After six seasons with Villa Maria, Mike moved to Nelson and completed two seasons as Viticulturist for Neudorf Vineyards. Continuing his migration South, Mike moved to Greystone Wines in North Canterbury to take up the role of Viticulturist.

Mikela Dennison-Burgess

As Marketing Manager, Mikela oversees all aspects of the award-winning winery's brand and communications. This includes planning and supporting local and international sales and marketing initiatives, managing te Pā’s presence at events, proactively communicating with distributors, and ensuring te Pā’s family of brands are well-represented in all sales channels.

Mikela is also responsible for te Pā's highly active and engaging social media presence, which is viewed as ‘best practice’ in the NZ wine industry. Mikela engages on a daily basis with trade and end-customers and the wider wine industry to ensure te Pā is top of mind as a wine brand.

Petra Pearce

Petra Pearce is a Climate Scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). She has a Master of Science from the University of Auckland. Petra provides advice to New Zealand regional councils and industry about climate variability and is a lead author on several reports focused on projected regional impacts of climate change. Her other area of expertise is in the field of historic climatology, where she has recovered and analysed climate observations from archival sources. Overall, Petra’s work on old weather records from ships’ logbooks and newspapers has improved the observation basis for past climate of New Zealand, the Southern Ocean, and the Southwest Pacific.

Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen, owner of Pacific Rim Oenology Services, has worked in various Laboratories for the past 20 years. Rebecca managed Cawthron Blenheim, Food and Water Microbiology Laboratory for 2 years, before moving across to the Wine industry. In 2007 Rebecca started as a Laboratory Technician at Pacific Rim Oenology Services. Over the past 11 years Rebecca has progressed to General Manager with the help and support from previous owners Debra Hedley and Lisa Van de Water. In her years at Pacific Rim Oenology Services Rebecca has seen many changes in compliance for both Winery and Laboratory.

Rosie Finn

After graduating from Massey with BDesHons in Photography it seemed unlikely I would be involved in wine. However when I moved to the UK I fell into and in love with the wine industry through Melanie Brown. I returned to New Zealand in 2016 and am now the Marketing Director at my parents vineyard, Neudorf. I am also the social and brand manager for the Family of Twelve and on the board of the New Zealand Wine Marketing Committee. Outside of wine, I love photography, travel, design, scuba diving, fishing, wakeboarding and swimming. I also love cooking and baking, which goes down well when the boys are in the middle of vintage at Neudorf

Sara Tucker

Sara Tucker is the External Relations Director for Lion, New Zealand’s largest manufacturer and distributor of Beer Wine Spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. The Legal and External Relations team at Lion is responsible for regulatory compliance, government relations, media relations, communications, community engagement and sustainability. Prior to joining Lion in 2014 Sara was Deputy CEO at Hospitality New Zealand. She has a has a Political Science and English degree and her passion is open water swimming.

Shane Dooley

Shane has spent 20 years developing and commercialising technology for global export markets.

The last 12 years of that have been commercialising agritech globally, as Head of Product Management for Tru-Test and more recently also Head of Product Development.

Prior to that his career has been in technology here in NZ and in in his native Ireland including the GPS, Data Storage and Semiconductor industries.

He’s passionate about technology uptake and the benefits of it to society and the future of New Zealand.

Stuart Dudley

 After studying at Otago and Lincoln Universities, I moved to Marlborough in 2006. I am currently the regional Viticulturist for Villa Maria New Zealand, based in Marlborough, working with diverse range of vineyards, growers, and managers. Villa Maria has three BioGro accredited vineyards in Marlborough, as well as two that are in their final year of conversion. I was the New Zealand Young Viticulturist and Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2010, and currently serve as the deputy chair on the board for Wine Marlborough.

Tony Robb

Tony Robb has involved in the wine industry for over 25 years – 20 of those with Pernod Ricard Winemakers.  He currently holds the position of Operations Manager - South Island, responsible for over 2000 Ha of vineyards, as well as Pernod’s Marlborough Winery.

Tony has held a number of roles with Pernod Ricard, most notably as a Senior Winemaker in Hawkes Bay and Marlborough for 12 years.  During his time as a winemaker, he also had opportunities to work in Gisborne, Canterbury and California for extended periods.

Tracy Benge

Like many in the NZ wine industry Tracy’s journey started elsewhere, with a career in investment banking in London.

With a Business Degree from Victoria University and qualifications as a Chartered Accountant, Project Manager, and in Kaizen Lean Process Transformation, Tracy built a career in business management with a heavy focus on process re-engineering and finance, after several years in audit and management consulting with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Drawn to the wine industry, Tracy embarked on a career change in 2001, studying Grape-growing and Winemaking at EIT. Tracy has worked in the wine industry for over 10 years, joining NZW in 2014 as a Project Manager in Sustainability.

Tracy relocated to Marlborough in January to work on the establishment of the new Wine Research Centre. Describing it as the chance of a lifetime, this role allows her to combine her broad range of business and management skills with her wine industry and sustainability background.

Dr. Vaughn Bell

Vaughn Bell is a Senior Scientist working for Plant & Food Research. Since 2004, he has studied sap-feeding mealybugs in vineyards, with an emphasis on their ecology, biology and ability to transmit (vector) grapevine leafroll virus. By examining the inter-relationship between the vine, virus and vector, his findings have contributed to the development of a practical and financially sustainable virus management response in New Zealand. His doctoral thesis, An integrated strategy for managing Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 in red berry cultivars, included several management recommendations that were communicated to and widely adopted by the wine sector.

Alistair King

Alistair is a Partner of Crowe Horwath New Zealand’s largest provider of practical accountancy and business advisory services to the rural sector.

Based in Central Otago Alistair leads Crowe Horwath’s viticulture team nationally. Alistair is held in high regard commercially across New Zealand as a top wine industry specialist. He has worked on a number of high level assignments of industry significance and is actively involved in a number projects aimed at further improving the financial performance of the sector.

As a third-generation horticulturist before embarking on a career in business advisory, Alistair has a strong understanding of the wine business from vineyard establishment through to winery systems, distribution channels, branding, business management and governance. 

Alistair has many Advisory Board positions within the industry, Chairmanship roles of economic development entities and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Dr. Mark Krasnow, Ph.D.

Dr. Krasnow is a viticultural and culinary scientist, and Director of Thoughtful Viticulture Ltd. His viticulture research revolves around reducing chemical and water inputs and increasing vineyard efficiency, sustainability, and profitability. He believes that a sound understanding of the grapevine, how it functions, and how it responds to our manipulations, is the key to producing the optimum quality wines with a minimum of inputs. He firmly believes the less we put into the vineyard, the more truthfully it expresses its turangawaewae.

Mary-Therese Kinsella

Mary-Therese Kinsella aka Mermaid Mary – Wine Enthusiast and Imbiber….

Mary is Irish by birth and Kiwi by just pure good luck. With a background in hospitality in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Mary has always had a keen interest in wine. Moving to the promised land of New Zealand in 2007 however, took this interest to whole new level. The diverse range of varietals and flavours
from a stunning small country at the end of the world truly blew her mind. There was no going back…Determined to formalise her wine-ducation Mary went back to school in the form of the internationally recognised Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and came out the other side qualified and enthusiastic to share knowledge.

Never wanting to be described as an Oenophile, Mary’s true passion is to spread the word of great wines while making wine accessible and encourage wine types to stop using alienating wine speak that confuses people – like Oenophile.

Wine is to be savoured, enjoyed and goes best with wonderful company.

Dr. Edwin Massey

My role is Biosecurity and Emergency Response Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers, based in Blenheim. To date key achievements in the role have included developing the New Zealand Winegrowers Biosecurity Strategy; driving the process that lead to New Zealand Winegrowers signing the Government Industry Agreement  Deed in May 2017 and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Operational Agreement in July 2017. I also held a key role in coordinating the wine industry response to the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016. I am member of GERMAC (Plant Germplasm Advisory Committee) and write regular biosecurity columns for several national and regional industry magazines including New Zealand Winegrower.


Previously, I worked in various roles at MPI since 2005. In 2012 I took over the management of the Plant and Environment response team and held key roles in a number of horticultural sector biosecurity responses. In 2015 I joined the GIA team as principal advisor and developed the scenario for exercise RAWAHO an all of government exercise simulating the detection of a breeding population of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. I am a strong believer that industry working in partnership with government can drive improved biosecurity outcomes. I have a PhD in geography from the University of Auckland.

Barbara Nebel

Barbara's passion is to enable companies to succeed sustainably. For 20 years she has worked with companies, associations and government departments in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe to implement strategies and systems, effectively linking sustainability actions back to tangible business value.

Barbara is CEO of thinkstep in Australasia. thinkstep develops strategies, deliver roadmaps and projects and implement leading software solutions. Delivering webinars and workshops on the Circular Economy, Sustainable Development Goals and Life Cycle Thinking is also part of thinkstep’s services.

As the convenor for the carbon mirror committee for ISO standards for New Zealand, and co-convenor of the LCA mirror committee she keeps track of the latest developments of international standards.

Trevor Lupton

Trevor is a horticultural consultant with Lewis Wright Valuation & Consultancy Ltd in Gisborne. Trevor has been involved in NZ Winegrowers project “Developing Powdery Mildew Best” and has conducted many powdery mildew and botrytis fungicide trials for NZ Winegrowers. He has been a regular speaker at industry conferences and was joint author with Ruby Andrew of NZW’s publication Understanding Botrytis in New Zealand Vineyards.

Andrew Blakeman

Andrew is a horticultural consultant based in Gisborne. He has many years’ experience managing large scale vineyard and orcharding operations. In recent years his focus has shifted to research and extension work helping growers put research findings into action

Global Events Team

Angela Willis, Manager - Global Events

Sarah Szostak, Senior Executive - Global Events

Bessie-Rose Htay-Mataele, Coordinator - Global Events 

Mike Trought, Principal Scientist, Plant and Food Research, Associate Professor Lincoln University

Mike Trought is a Principal scientist with Plant and Food Research at the Marlborough Research Centre in Blenheim. He is an adjunct associate professor at Lincoln University and a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers.  His research includes management of carbohydrate physiology of vines, flowering, fruit set and yield prediction and understanding the influence of soils, environment and vine management on fruit composition.

Callum Linklater

I was raised on a certified organic sheep, beef and cropping farm in Otago and became involved in our family owned vineyard business in 2009. We have established organic plantings and managed the conversion of three properties, all operating under Bio-Gro Certification.

In 2017 I started my own business, assisting organic and non-organic wineries and growers with vineyard management, development and supply. I enjoy being involved in our industry and I am a grower representative on the Wine Marlborough Board. Off the vineyard you’ll find me hunting, playing rugby and enjoying my young family

Nicky Grandorge

Having worked her entire career in the wine industry, Nicky has gained great experience in New Zealand and overseas.  She was awarded the prestigious Vintners Cup in 2007 for achieving top results worldwide in the WSET Level 4 exams. 

She enjoys the variety of career paths available in the industry and her roles have included buying, selling, educating and marketing as well as being vintage cellar-hand in wineries around the world, including US, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. 

She currently runs the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year competition, and loves the positive environment which is helping develop New Zealand’s future leaders. Nicky is also National Co-Ordinator for Women in Wine NZ and is proud to be part of the initiative helping women in the industry increase their networks and further their careers.

Dr. John Brightwell

John Brightwell the Manager of the Biosecurity Response Team at the Ministry for Primary Industries.  He is an Entomologist and has previously worked at the USDA Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

John joined the Ministry for Primary Industries in 2002 as an Adviser in the Plant and Environment Response Team.  He also spent some time in the Major Incident Management Team as a Response Manager.  John has been involved in a number of biosecurity and other responses in leadership and Governance roles.

Anteni Schalken

Anteni is an Associate Director in the Private and Advisory business of Deloitte and advises a number of clients in the horticulture and export industries. For the past four years Anteni has been the lead author of the Deloitte New Zealand wine industry survey, an annual financial benchmarking publication and exercise undertaken jointly with ANZ Bank and New Zealand Winegrowers.

Wine Benchmarking

The financial benchmarking of wine businesses provides a valuable measure of both the profitability and financial position of the wine industry in New Zealand. Undertaken jointly with ANZ Bank and New Zealand Winegrowers, the report publishes anonymous data on the financial trends shown in the industry enabling direct financial comparisons in percentage terms across various size categories and allowing users to focus on potential performance gaps to identify areas for improvement and business growth. These insights are also complemented with broader economic and regional analysis including trends in both domestic and export market volumes and pricing.

Anteni will highlight some of the findings and trends from 2017 report as well the specific improvement actions wine business can take from their individual results.

Paul Petrie

Paul Petrie has recently taken the position of Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). He leads a viticultural research program, including projects on managing the impact of vintage advancement and compression on grape and wine quality. Prior to starting this role Paul worked in the AWRI’s Industry Development and Support team where he presented extension material and fielded questions from Australian grapegrowers. Paul has also managed research projects for the South Australian Research and Development Institute and worked as the National Viticulturist at Treasury Wine Estates. Paul grew up helping his parents establish a vineyard in Canterbury and before moving to Australia he worked for a vintage at Seresin Estate in Marlborough and completed a PhD on canopy management at Lincoln University.

The Australian wine industry faces challenges due to climate change; including constraints on water availability, heatwaves and the advancement and compression of harvest. For over a decade it has been developing strategies to manage these threats. Adaptation options can be tactical and implemented on a seasonal basis or strategic where they are imposed over a longer-term period.

Penelope Naish

Penelope is co-owner of organic winery Black Estate.   After 10 years lawyering she took the plunge with Nicholas, her winemaking husband and purchased Black Estate Vineyard in late 2007. They built up the business and vineyards slowly while keeping their days jobs. Now her role has many hats  - managing sales & marketing, the business and people of Black Estate, plus establishing and overseeing the award winning Black Estate restaurant and cellar door.   Social media has been an essential tool for Pen in this journey! Pen has 2 children and lives at Black Estate on their Netherwood vineyard. 

Jordan Hogg

Jordan grew up in Marlborough with the wine industry a constant in the background. After completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Canterbury he set out to become a winemaker. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture from Lincoln University in 2011 and gained experience at a range of wineries including Wither Hills, Greystone/Muddy Water, as well as harvests in the Barossa Valley and Burgundy before joining Seresin Estate where he became Operations Winemaker. In 2016 he was awarded the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Marlborough and New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year.

Gurjit Barry

Gurjit Barry is a WSET Level 4 Diploma qualified wine-taster and an APP (Approved Programme Provider) in India for WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. He is the senior faculty and runs India’s first and only wine school, the Institute of Wine and Beverage Studies (IWBS) in New Delhi. He is also a judge at the Decanter Asia wine awards and India Skills.

He works closely with India’s wine importers to assess prospective international labels, as well as guiding budding wine importers on business strategies and product launches. His responsibilities also include addressing foreign winemakers on the scope of business possibilities in India.

René Versteegh

René is a dual graduate with a bachelor of marketing and management and is currently studying toward his marketing PhD. His research interests include technology adoption and sustainable consumer purchasing. Outside of studies, he runs a boutique stationer (www.penclassics.nz shameless plug), is a technology and motor vehicle aficionado, and an avid dog-lover; hoping to one day be the proud dog-Dad to a Bernese Mountain Dog named Heston.

Connaugh Grace

Connaugh Grace is a post-grad student at Unitec institute of technology, where he is currently studying a Master of Creative Practice. During the final year of his Bachelor of Creative Enterprise, Connaugh was among a team of students to work with O-I, the leading glass bottle manufacture in the world. The task was to design and develop a product by millennials of millennials, that would tap into the huge millennial market

Myles Noble

Myles was previously the Head of Claims and EQ response for Crombie Lockwood and has been with the company since 2002.

Leading a team of 70 claims professionals Myles has worked hard to cement claims as being a point of difference for Crombie Lockwood and its clients. A truly hands on leader Myles is regularly at the forefront of handling major losses across the country as well as providing technical claims advice internally and externally on a daily basis.

Aside from his claims role Myles has responsibility for Crombie Lockwood’s Insurer Relationships, Internal Complaints Committee, Alternative Revenue and Professional Indemnity matters.  

Myles is Vice President of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association.

He was named the IBANZ Young Broker of the Year in 2005 and the IBANZ Claims Professional of the Year in 2011. Myles also won the Wesfarmers Insurance Living Our Values award in 2012 and was a finalist in the Wesfarmers Innovation of the Year Award in 2014.

Myles is a highly visible contributor to the industry’s Canterbury Earthquake recovery efforts and is a well known public speaker both in New Zealand and overseas on our industry’s Earthquake response, Disaster Recovery Planning and Insurance Claims in general.

Katherine Jacobs

Big Sky Wines began in 2005. Katherine and Jeremy had returned to New Zealand from living in France, and they knew the time was right to pursue their long-held ambition – to make world class, hand crafted wines, that give true expression to the character of their place. And that’s what they are doing. Jeremy is a 4th generation winemaker, from a family with a 100 year winemaking history in New Zealand. Deep roots. Katherine is pure energy and passion. She studied viticulture and winemaking in New Zealand, while living in France, and while working vintages in Bordeaux. Together they make a great team. At Big Sky, fine wine is all about place. And people. That’s what gives wines personality and soul. Their philosophy is simple: make the best wines possible, not the most wine possible. That means being hands on, and staying small so each vintage can be managed personally by the winemakers. Vineyards are certified sustainable, and organic principles are utilized whenever possible.

Mike Winter

Born and bred in Canterbury, Mike was led to viticulture through a love of wine and the land. He completed a Bachelor of Viticulture at Lincoln University before taking a job at Muddy Water, an organic vineyard in Waipara.

In 2013 he moved to Central Otago, one of his favourite childhood haunts, to become Assistant Vineyard Manager at Amisfield.

Mike is now the Viticulturist for Te Kano, a recently established wine company. He works across 40ha of vineyard in Bannockburn and Northburn.

Married to Kate, he lives with their chocolate Lab ‘Louis’ in Pisa Moorings, Cromwell.

Bridget Glackin

Born ‘pre-social media’ era.  Bridget has worked on some of New Zealand’s iconic brands, including Matua, Shingle Peak, Watties, Vogels, Anchor & Mainland.  Three years ago, she kicked off her corporate heels and moved to Marlborough.  Now Marketing Manager at Framingham Wines, Bridget manages all marketing, social media, organises gigs, collects the mail and pays the bills.

Cameron Price

Cameron manages Villa Maria's Gimblett Gravels vineyards in the Hawkes Bay, these sites have a reputation of producing wines of a very high standard that he is continuing to build on and take the sites into the future.

Cameron moved to the Hawkes Bay 10 years ago to start a Bachelor of Viticulture at EIT, due to opportunities in the industry that presented themselves, his study was put on hold to gain relevant experience within the industry. Which is now been put to good use as he completes his study.

Jonny La Trobe

Jonny La Trobe is a Technical Horticultural Rep for Fruitfed Supplies based in Hastings focusing on viticulture. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Horticulture at Massey he was employed by Sacred Hill Vineyards. A regional winner in the HB Young Viticulturist in 2012 opened the door to a new industry where he became Wattie’s tomato Crop Supply Agronomist. After 6 seasons there he returns to the industry that inspired his passion for the primary industry. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters as well as surfing when the swell is up.

Jo Buckner

Jo’s first career was in supply chain management, culminating in a senior role running an export-driven order fulfilment team in the wood products sector. Originally a truck driver, she has also been involved in operations management and service delivery turnarounds. She also has governance experience.

Jo joined the public sector since 2002 and has worked on a range of issues including climate change, renewable energy, the environmental impacts of transport, the building regulatory system, and natural resource management in the primary sector.

After moving back to Canterbury, Jo became involved in the establishment of drought relief efforts in North Canterbury and then went on to become a Trustee of the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust. After “turning up” to help after the November 2016 earthquake, she was appointed as MPI’s Lead Rural Recovery Coordinator across the Marlborough, Kaikōura and Hurunui districts.  She was appointed to the role of Manager – South Island Regions earlier this year and working with Rural Support Trusts and other rural groups on adverse climatic and biosecurity events is a major focus of her role

Peter Franks

Peter Franks is the Vineyard Manager/Viticulturist for Rock Ferry Wines based in Marlborough. Rock Ferry has been making organic wines from Marlborough and Central Otago since 2009.

Peter ventured into Organics in 2007 when working for Pernod Ricard starting with a 4Ha “trial” and grew their organic program up to 190 Ha. The Brancott Living Land series of wines resulted from this venture.