After more than 30 years we're still fiercely independent and family owned.
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.
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 University received the inaugural Wine & Spirit Competition Women in Wine Award. In 2009 Jane was awarded the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).
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.
Vineyard Maintenance Manager
Keith joined Hunter’s in March 2014 just in time for vintage. From an engineering background, Keith is in charge of making sure the vineyard equipment such as tractors and sprayers are well maintained and running well. But he doesn’t mind getting out into the vineyard either whether it is pruning or picking grapes. He has also been seen around the offices and other parts of Hunter’s changing lightbulbs or putting up signs. Keith is often referred to as ‘Hunter’s Handy Man’. In his spare time he renovates old homes and works with his wife on her homemade chutney and sauces business. In fact Keith can often be seen down at the local market on the weekends setting up the stand.
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 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.
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.
Inus van der Westhuizen
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 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.
Gary's meticulous attention to detail well suits him to the role of internationally recognised wine. From 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.