Marilyn Duxson and John Harris, compelled to the world of wine, after a life of science.

When scientists Marilyn Duxson and John Harris purchased a small section near Wanaka almost 20 years ago, they planned to build a ski holiday house to spend weekends away from Dunedin.

Stuart Dudley.

The wine industry was never Stuart Dudley’s first career choice. The viticulturist for Villa Maria Wines in Marlborough had his mindset on research or forensics, having completed a degree in Genetics and Biochemistry.

Margaret Harvey.

Master of Wine Margaret Harvey may not be so well known amongst younger wine industry members. But ask any one of the pioneers of the 80s and 90s about her, and you are bound to hear glowing reviews.

Sarah Szegota at the launch of Women in Wine at Bragato 2017.

Sarah Szegota had always planned to combine work with passion, only it was art rather than wine that she planned to work with.

Greg Lane.

It may be just a coincidence, or it could be a secret weapon – but the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker’s of the year in both 2017 and 2018 bought a house on the exact day they competed in their regional finals.

Back at Felton Road Annabel Bulk cuddles a boer goat kid raised on the property’s scrubland block.

Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year Annabel Bulk is one determined person. When she sets her sights on something, she’s there for the long haul.

New Zealand’s wine industry is as strong as it’s ever been, with wine exports increasing in value and a robust new board structure advocating for all sectors.

After 38 years, the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme in New Zealand had its first member of the wine industry involved last year. Since then another two members of Marlborough’s wine industry have taken part.

Daunting is the one word that Sue Binnie uses to describe how she feels about taking over the role of New Zealand Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s (NZSVO) Executive Officer.

Back in 2014, Tracy Benge could not have imagined that she would be taking on the development management role for one of the biggest New Zealand Winegrower initiatives ever.

In 1978 Judy and Tim Finn were contemplating an around the world trip on-board a yacht. Instead they chose to purchase a plot of land in Upper Moutere and take on the task of establishing vineyards and later a winery.

The 2017 NZ Winegrower Personality of the Year goes to the NZSVO and its departing Executive Officer, Nick Sage and the recently announced life member, Rengasamy Balasubramaniam – better known as Bala.

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