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Hunter's Team.Where does the time go?

Hunter’s Wines have won more than 165 gold medals at national and international wine competitions and we're still breaking new ground with new varietals, new wine-making techniques and consistently seeking the best for our wines.Still family-owned, we're nurturing the next generation of Hunter's winemakers ensuring we'll be around for years to come.
Through Jane’s strong determination, together with the talents of Chief Winemaker Gary Duke and General Manager Peter Macdonald Hunter's original vineyard area has increased by 2.5 times its original size and the company’s annual output has grown to around 75,000 cases of wine, nearly 80% of which is exported.
"If there is one company that started the whole international story called Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc it is Hunter's - they got the magic started"
- Bob Cambell MW

The Family.

After more than 30 years we're still fiercely independent and family owned.

Back: Graeme (Jane's husband), Edward, Peter & James Macdonald (Nephews and borth in law). Front: Jane Hunter & Libby Macdonald

Peter Macdonald

General Manager

Big in stature, somewhat larger than life and with a huge passion for all that he takes on, Peter is committed to the worldwide success of Hunter's Wines. Born, educated and trained in Australia, his quest for knowledge has propelled him from teacher and sportsman, to overseeing marketing and sales operation. Peter's role in the management team is pivotal to the exciting future for our wines.

Jane Hunter

Managing Director

Born in South Australia, where her father was a contract grape grower, Jane gained a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide. Jane has been described by the London Sunday Times as the First Lady of New Zealand wine and was awarded an OBE for service to the wine industry in 1993. Jane has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Massey Universityreceived the inaugural Wine & Spirit Competition Women in Wine Award. In 2009 Jane was awarded the Companion to the New Zeaand Order of Merit (CNZM).


Tarf PuhiPuhi

Vineyard Manager

Tarf came from Gisborne to Blenheim in 2005. He was keen to work in vineyards after 15 years in the produce industry dealing with local and export market fruit. Tarf started with Hunter’s in 2006 and after a couple of year’s ‘apprenticeship’ is now managing the Omaka, Watson and Gosling Vineyards.

Bryan Vickery

Viticulturalist

Bryan Vickery joined Hunter's as Vineyard Manager in 2004. Formerly an orchardist in North Canterbury, Bryan moved to Marlborough where he studied and gained a Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production. Bryan looks after the day to day running of the company owned and leased vineyards. This involves supervising harvest, pruning, irrigation and spray programmes. With a very strong focus on producing quality grapes, Bryan enjoys the wonderful climate Marlborough offers. Outside viticulture Bryan makes the most of the great outdoors of the region.

Hunter's Wine
2013 Gewurztraminer
Easter Show Wine Awards 2014
GOLD Medal

Meet
the cast.

Hunter's has always been a true family effort. Hunter's is managed by Jane Hunter and her brother-in-law Peter Macdonald. Jane's sister Libby and her two sons James and Edward are all very much a part of the business.



Gary Duke

Chief Winemaker

Gary's meticulous attention to detail well suits him to the role of internationally recognised winemFrom being Assistant Winemaker at Tisdalls Wines in Echuca, Victoria in 1981, Gary went on to earn his Bachelor of Science (Oenology) then take up the position of Winemaker at Hanging Rock Winery in Macdedon, Victoria. The cool climate there broadened and hardened Gary's winemaking skills- especially in the areas of still white and sparkling wines. A fascination with New Zealand  attracted Gary to Marlborough where he has confirmed his reputation as one of the country's leading Winemakers.

Inus van der Westhuizen

Winemaker

South African born, Inus grew up on a wine farm in the Western Cape.  He gained a Diploma in Cellar Technology at Elsenberg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch where he then went on to work as an assistant winemaker for 5 years.  Inus then went to work in Pflaz in Germany for a harvest before moving with his wife to New Zealand.



Dave Porteous

Vineyard Manager

Dave made the move from Mossburn to Marlborough in 1999. He started working in the Hunter’s vineyards in 2008 – a big change after 20 years in farming. Dave manages the Company vineyards surrounding the winery and The Bridge Vineyard.

James Macdonald

Winemaker

Peter's son James completed his degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University. He has done many vintages overseas and is now winemaking at Hunter's. With three generations of winemaking in the family, Hunter's is one of the oldest family-owned vineyards in the Marlborough wine region.


The rest of the team.