A better bunch you couldn't hope to meet - Team Two Paddocks.
Also itinerant actor. Long standing interest in wine, particularly red wine, which accounts for his rude good health. Very proud of everything about Two Paddocks, and will bore you to death on the subject if you give him a chance. Don't. Has visions of a vast Two Paddocks Empire, but is usually better the next day. Plays cricket badly, also the ukulele. Pretends to be a fly fisherman. Not related to Sam Hunt.Sam is an active proponent of protecting and preserving New Zealand's precious natural resources and a trustee of the National Parks and Conservation Foundation.
An illustrious career as Prefect, Dux, and all round Sporty Spice at New Zealand’s finest School for Gels, Jacqui was easily the fittest and brainiest graduate of her year.Too tall for the Royal NZ Ballet, and too short for the Black Ferns, Jacqui then turned to the more exacting world of Wine.Studied Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, and remembers most of it. Never seen at parties. Then three years in gumboots for vintages in Central and France, before concentrating on Marketing. She then spent 7 years working in Australia (Cellar Masters and Tyrrells) which almost ruined her impeccable accent, but did wonders for her life-saving skills. Then back to the Long White Cloud to Akarua and Valli.Loves Central, Two Paddocks and plays Kumbiya on the guitar. Has a naughty dog, Rupert Murdog.Jacqui is the go-to here at HQ, and we go to her. And so should you
One of New Zealand's top winemakers, Dean very nearly had a career in the S.A.S.! Well, not really, we just made that up. The S.A.S. bit. See more about the hirsute and encyclopedically knowledgeable Dean in the Winemaker section.
Mike has been with us since 2005, working first as assistant vineyard manager and now as the head man, boss man, head honcho of horticulture. Mike knows our vineyards like the back of his capable hands, and has energy and commitment to burn. We are all excited about a new era with Mike at the helm, with his staff and management behind him like Caesar’s legions. (all four of us).
For the last two decades the maestro of New Zealand Pinot Noir, former Martinborough Vineyards winemaker Larry McKenna, has given us invaluable advice as consultant to Two Paddocks. He brings his expertise not only to the winery, but also to the vineyard. He is, in addition, excellent company over a good meal and a bottle or three of our excellent Pinot and we look forward to his visits down south. Now has his own Escarpment Wine - another wonderful label.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTRAL OTAGO WINE COMPANY
Neil is an old pal of Mike Wolter, and an accountant to boot. Also enjoys another life as Dunedin's fashion guru and style leader. Party animal and tireless clubber, Neil is handy at vintage time as DJ for C.O. Wine Co, the country's loudest winery. Respect! Has a vast wine cellar, but prefers Two Paddocks above all else. And who can blame him for that.
ACCOUNTS AND BUSINESS
ALISTAIR KING, B. COM., B.G., N.Z.C.A.S., B.S., ETC.
Alistair is the Numbers Man for Two Paddocks and is inordinately well qualified. He also owns the only tie within the Two Paddocks Organization, and here it is. We put it up for sale on the net, but no offers were forthcoming, so the tie still comes to work.He is the principal of WHK, a Wanaka firm. An Asian client called him a "wanaka" not long ago, but that was merely a linguistic confusion, and Alistair took it in good part.Alistair has 20/20 vision, but wears glasses so that people take him more seriously. This hardly ever works.
SKI TEAM CAPTAIN AND DISCIPLINE
Felicity, another neighbour and friend of the proprietor, is not only our resident whiz with figures, she also runs our glamorous and wildly successful ski team. Two Paddocks has had two great seasons at Coronet Peak, and confidently expects to represent N.Z. at the next Olympics. Felicity, like Bridget, brings much needed glamour to T.P, and is good at getting us to keep our socks up. Has learnt to avoid pointing out to the proprietor the blatant noncommercial nature of the T.P. enterprise, as he would sooner not know. Much feared tennis player (serve recorded at 134 m.p.h.).