Our People

Paddy: Winemaker, Marketer, Owner
In-between making wine, traveling, marketing and family farm responsibilities, Paddy still enjoys getting back into the vineyard and winery when he’s able, and sitting down for the Dominion newspaper daily quiz with the team.
After 35 vintages, Paddy makes wine instinctively, and has the confidence to take risks where others hedge their bets. The rest of the team follow suite, and the wines made owe their distinctive flavour to the skill of the people within our place and a shared passion to create the best wine.

Lisa Hodson: Vineyard Manager
Lisa joined us in 2000, over this time she has grown into the mother guardian of our vineyard. She tells us how it is, and where the vines are at in any given season. Whether the vines are growing too fast or too slow, she keeps us in the know and the contractors in tow.
Lisa is current reigning champ of the annual Borthwick Vineyard pruning competition, this is no mean feat, given the standard of the competition.

Anne Behrent: Facilitating vineyard care
Anne’s love of the outdoors and growing things has ensured our vines are respected, well treated, and lovingly cared for. Her varied background, including sheep milking, etc, has given her a range of skills which are put to good use around the vineyard, however fishing is her passion. Her challenge is to catch and release more trout in the Ruamahunga River than Mark.

Mark Ellison: Vineyard and machinery operations
When Mark started with us in 2010 after leaving a role as a farm manager and taking on the role as vineyard operations manager, he never envisaged having to Shepherd sheep again. However, with our philosophy of best practice, using sheep from the farm for mid-summer leaf plucking and winter grazing, he still uses his rarely used shepherd’s whistle and is now down to a single trusted family pet Labrador as sheep dog.