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Meet the Marlborough Viticulture Team

Meet the Marlborough Viticulture Team
Meet the Marlborough Viticulture TeamVariety is the spice of life! We have vineyards spread far and wide across the Marlborough region combining 6 different varieties that our team of three look after. This geographical and varietal diversity is what gets the Viticulture team out of bed in the morning, with no two sites the same. Continue reading

Meet Meet Julianna Patterson - Assistant Winemaker at Grove Mill

Meet Meet Julianna Patterson - Assistant Winemaker at Grove Mill

Julianna Patterson Assistant Winemaker at Grove Mill.

Jules is the Assistant Winemaker at Grove Mill. Born and bred in Dunedin, Jules joined the Air Force before switching to pursue a career in winemaking and has never looked back. Her heart lies in the winery where she loves the science involved in crafting wine and seeing them make it into bottle. Jules has previously worked at Vavasour Wines as well as Cloudy Bay, Giesen, Sacred Hill and Wenzel Wines in Austria. A big fan of the outdoors, Jules joined the Grove Mill team in 2020. Equally passionate about nurturing the wetland beside the Winery, we were delighted to welcome her onto our team. Grove Mill Pinot Noir is Jules’s pick of the bunch because of its many layers and stunning floral flavours and aromas. When not spending time with her family, Jules is out riding her Yamaha YZ125x mixing it up with motocross racing and trail riding.

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Meet Susan Van Der Pol – Winemaker at Vavasour

Meet Susan Van Der Pol – Winemaker at Vavasour
Susan Van Der Pol was raised in Blenheim, the centre of Marlborough’s wine industry. In 2002, she was awarded a diploma in Viticulture & Wine Production from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Susan then spent two vintages overseas before returning to New Zealand and joining the Vavasour team as Assistant Winemaker in 2011. Continue reading

Meet Stu Marfell – Chief Winemaker in Marlborough

Meet Stu Marfell – Chief Winemaker in Marlborough
Meet Stu Marfell – Chief Winemaker in Marlborough.

Born and raised in the Awatere, as a child our Winemaker Stu witnessed an exciting transformation from quiet pastoral farming to grape growing as Vavasour forged a new frontier in winemaking. As a nine-year-old he was at the winery for that first revelatory vintage of 1989 – and caught the winemaking bug. Continue reading

Meet Pete Hendle – Assistant Winemaker at Te Kairanga

Meet Pete Hendle – Assistant Winemaker at Te Kairanga
Born and raised in Wellington when Pete's dream of being a professional cricketer ended, cursed with butter fingers, he found love in a bottle of Burgundy. Pete attended Lincoln University where he became the first undergraduate to produce a medal winning wine from the University's vineyard. Read the full article. Continue reading