Matt Lancaster

Growing up on a Pukekohe lifestyle block, a young Matt Lancaster loved watching big tractors drive past.

 
Pete and Alanna Chapman.

On a small vineyard in a quiet valley, a young couple is growing hope.

Len Ibbotson

Getting science to work in the field requires some give and take, says Bragato Research Institute viticulture extension and research manager Len Ibbotson.

Paul Epee.

From studying banana plantlets in Cameroon to barley in Australia, Paul Epee has long been fascinated by agriculture and improving production.

Michelle and Andy Peter

Not a day goes by that Awatere Valley grape grower Andy Peter doesn’t think fondly of his father, who firmly believed in succession.

Annie, James and Sam Milton.

“We have an expression that unless you have dirt under your fingernails, you’ll never know how to grow a vine,” says James Millton from his eponymous Gisborne vineyard. 

Pull the thread of family succession at Rippon, and you’ll find yourself at Wānaka Station in 1912, with its new owner Percy Sargood. Follow it even further, to 1895, and you’ll find the enterprising Dunedin merchant at a seminar given by viticulturist Romeo Bragato, perhaps seeding the idea of wine in the arid climes of Central Otago.

Arabella Waghorn once felt awkward about joining the family business in Marlborough, suspecting people would consider her a “spoilt brat”.

Sustainability measures have become part of the WineWorks culture, says Anthony Barnes, in a series celebrating Sustainability Guardians.

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