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.
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 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 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.
Keith Thoms - 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.