Chris (& wife Jenny) Hill
We met Chris and wife Jenny Hill in 2008 and quickly realized our two ventures were complementary. Chris took on the tractor work in our vineyards and gave us our first professional lesson in pruning. Between us we grow twelve different grape varieties giving us a great mix for our wine list.
We took Locharburn Wines in to our cellar door and have been offering their wines for tasting alongside ours ever since.
After working in the construction industry for most of his life and growing a medium-sized electrical contracting business with 20 employees in New Plymouth, Chris wanted a change of lifestyle as did his wife Jenny who pursues an increasingly rewarding career as a mixed media and textile artist
After buying the vineyard, Chris completed a two-year distance learning diploma in winemaking and viticulture at EIT in Hawke’s Bay. His focus is on the vineyard itself and he is involved in all the day-to-day activities of managing Locharburn vineyard, now with his son Nathan working alongside.