Gisborne born and bred. Schooled at Gisborne Intermediate and Lytton High School
Cellar work during vintage 1983 after school. Dipping tanks, cleaning and getting ferment samples… At Corbans Gisborne
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
Born in Scotland was an Air Force Brat so trotted / schooled in various places around the world before finishing in Cambridge (UK)
Villa Maria (where I think half of the NZ wine industry have come via) - have fantastic long term ties with the ‘after VM' and still ‘with VM' employees!
London, Oxford, Central Otago....
Importing Rhone & Languedoc wines in London at Mistral Wines.
Wyndham Southland, hung out with the sheep dogs and pigs on the Farm, Wyndham Primary, Menzies College, Otago University, Lincoln University
Vintage cellar hand 1996, not sure if you can count taste tester of Mum and Dad’s wines at age 6!
Born - Upper Hutt, Bred - Rotorua, Schooled – Rotorua and Auckland
Vinimark Distributors, Durban, South Africa
Seoul, Korea, where the student to teacher ratio is 70:1 (that's at private schools, can be up to 90:1 in public schools. At least it used to be when I went to school).
Wine Waiter at Glenview Motor Hotel in Hamilton (1984), selling mainly carafes of wine filled from bag-in-box. Nobilo's Muller Thurgau was premium, Black Tower was super premium.
Matamata. Attended Matamata Primary, then Intermediate, then College. Massey University then Lincoln University.
Working at Tasman Liquor in Courtney Place, Wellington in 1990. A steady cliental of glue sniffers, drunks and homeless people made the job very interesting.
Born, bred and schooled in Dunedin
Wine Advisor, Wilson Neill, Wellington - 1989
Born and Bred Napier, Hawkes Bay and still proud to support the Magpies... 8 different schools attended between Hawkes Bay, Australia and Te Kauwhata. Completed 7th form at Te Kauwhata College with a Certificate in Grape and Wine production and BA in Wine Science obtained from EIT Hawkes Bay between 1996 - 2002.
Also Riesling Girl -Summer of Riesling, Pinot Madam -Pinot Noir NZ 2013
Family originally from North Canterbury, Christchurch has my heart forever, Rangi girl until the day I die!
Universal Wine Bar, Adelaide 1995
Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, grew up on the edge of the New Forest in a town called Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Schooled in Salisbury at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls (groan) followed by Brockenhurst College near Lymington, New Forest.
Working in a pub back home in the UK in the mid-eighties, or if that doesn't count, working in various chateaux near Bordeaux in 1986
Grew up on a dairy farm in the Bay of Plenty. High school - boarded at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Hamilton, for 4 years. Learned so much, not just in the classroom. Lifelong friendships, midnite feasts, table manners, learned to eat vegetables, still hate swedes and prunes...
Private Secretary to Managing Director Angle Vale Vineyards South Australia. Oh, ouch, 1976
Waipukurau, Onga Onga, St Matthews Masterton
1995 Cairnbrae Vineyards. Great Vintage to start my wine career off in?!