I grew up between the city and rural Central Otago. My family grew grapes on their sheep farm, from 1983, as a cash crop for local buyers (not to make wine themselves) – so the connection with the wine industry started here in Central Otago for me.
I studied Business at university. My last “paid” job was in a Business Development/ Projects Management role, in the technology sector, in Guernsey.
A gardener at heart I was brought up in a culture of “doing it yourself” and “self-sufficiency” so I have a lot in common with Dean.