Our Team

Our current team

A better bunch you couldn't hope to meet - Team Two Paddocks.

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Sam Neill

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.

C.E.O. Lavender and Saffron Division

Noriko Watanabe

Closely related to proprietor. Top Hollywood make-up artist and Top Chef also. Good looking sort.



Jacqui Murphy

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.


Lead Winemaker

Dean Shaw

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. 

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Vineyard Manager

Mike Wing

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).


Office Manager

Jenny Blance

Through no fault of her own, born in the North Island. Also, and again no blame here, addicted to running and all sorts of excessive exercise. Always dashing about, particularly in the weekends.  Needs help obviously.

Jenny is our office manager, and our ultra-charming front of house tasting room host. Also when you need a bill sent, or an order taken, or ....whoa, suffice it to say she does heaps of stuff that is way above our heads. She can explain it better than us.

Jenny spent six (SIX , count ‘em) years at COWCO, keeping all those larrikins in order. She deserves a medal.

She is also a qualified occupational therapist. Again we are not entirely sure what that is, but if the Prop becomes any more incapacitated than he already is, this could be really handy.

Anyway, she’s the bee’s knees, and the office is really humming along now!