Jim and his wife own and operate The Gates Country Lodge; a boutique luxury lodge situated in New Zealand’s South Island. Jim has judged at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Liquorland Top 100 Wine Show, Easter Show Wine Awards, San Francisco International Wine Competition, London Decanter World Wine Awards and the Japan International Wine Challenge. Jim is currently a Senior Judge with New Zealand Winegrowers, Chairman of Judges for the New World Wine Awards and a Wine Consultant for Air New Zealand.
Paul’s family for generations has been closely associated with the wine industry, however his initial studies at Canterbury University were in Management and Psychology. He initially developed a small portfolio of wines to sell before embarking on several vintages and working in a wine store. Paul worked with CJ Pask, Foxes Island and Maude. During this period he has worked for a Uk distributor touring food shows. More recently Paul has been responsible for South Island wine sales for Ara Wines between 2012 and May of 2016. Since June of 2016 Paul has worked for Villa Maria Estate and is the South Island regional field sales manager for the company.
James has been senior winemaker at West Brook Winery in Auckland, for the past 13 years. James has been a senior wine judge at numerous New Zealand wine competitions including Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Gisborne Regional Wine Awards, the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards, the New Zealand International Wine Show and the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. James is also a senior New Zealand Cider judge. Over the years, James has chosen to share his passion and knowledge for wine with various New Zealand magazines and trade publications.
Petter has been involved in the New Zealand wine industry for more than 30 years. A graduate of Roseworthy College in 1984 he has worked for wineries in Germany and as a winemaker in Canterbury including St Helena, Waipara West and now with Sherwood Estate. Petter has judged previously for the Bragato Wine Awards and International Aromatic Wine Competition.
Huw is a renowned winemaker with many years’ experience. After graduating from Charles Sturt University, he worked in Margaret River, Hunter Valley, Coonawarra, California, Burgundy and rounded this off with a two-year stint at Trinity Hill in the Hawkes Bay. After ten years working at Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough, Huw moved to take on a role for Pyramid Valley in North Canterbury. Huw has judged at Air New Zealand Wine Awards, New Zealand Wine of the Year, New Zealand international Wine Show and the Hawkes Bay wine show.
Michael has had a lifelong affiliation with wine. Growing up with parents working in wine retail has helped him develop an appreciation for a diverse array of wines at a young age. From there, he was able to develop valuable skills useful to the industry, from sales and marketing in both New Zealand and Australia, to assisting the wine-making process, and passing on knowledge through educating others. Michael always seeks to further his knowledge in wine, having most recently participated in the Family of 12 Tutorial in 2019 and undertaking WSET Level 3.
Dom Maxwell has been the winemaker at Greystone Wines since inception and Muddy Water from 2011. Dom is known in the industry for consistently crafting wines of a high standard across a range of cool climate varieties, often with innovative approaches. His experience has been moulded by time working in Oregon, Rheingau and Burgundy – helping to form the basis of a gentle winemaking approach. Dom has twice been awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the year – 2011 by Winestate and 2018 by Gourmet Traveller Wine.