Born and raised in New Zealand, the antipodes to everywhere, I grew to be a typical Kiwi learning to solve problems through innovation while keeping expenses to a minimum and traveling a great deal with the money I saved. After graduating from high school and traveling the country for a year, I started my own Carpentry business renovating quality homes in the elite neighborhoods of Auckland. Creating beautiful end products through skill and management has always been important to me and I soon discovered that creating wine would better fulfill these needs while enhancing my lifestyle. I enthusiastically set about rebuilding my career in an industry where I would find true passion: growing and making fine wine.
I studied viticulture and winemaking at the E.I.T in Hawkes Bay, finishing my first year as the top student. While I was spending the end of year holidays serving an internship at Stonyridge Vineyard, the world renowned cult Cabernet producer situated on beautiful Waiheke Isand, I was offered the position of Assistant Winemaker for the 2000 season. It was a position I could not pass up! Studies would have to wait; working with the famed Stephen White crafting some of the world's greatest Cabernets and Rhone blends from his inspiringly beautiful and organically-run estate was a dream come true.
Becoming Head Winemaker in 2002, I was entrusted with complete control of wine production. During my time at Stonyridge we made the best red wines ever seen in New Zealand; it was a scenario made in heaven unmatched by anything I had ever experienced... until I met my future wife, Shauna, who was at the time our Events Manager. A vivacious and charming Californian girl, she captured my heart, and it was only a matter of time before we decided to strike out and make our home in the mecca of modern day Cabernet, in her homeland of California, in the Napa Valley.
We began this new chapter of our lives in December 2009. I am continuing to make fine wines and Shauna has mastered the art of winery accounting.
So let's meet and see how my skill and experience can improve your wines. Lift your reputation. Live the dream.