In contrast to Ngarita, I never set out with the intention of working in the wine industry.   Having graduated in 2006 with a BA (hons) in Film Production, I worked for several months in London in post-production sound.

In 2007 I moved into sales and marketing within the media industry.  I worked for several years in the industry in London working my way towards management.

In 2011, my partner and I took the decision to spend a few months overseas, travelling New Zealand, Australia and South America.  As fortune would have it we discovered Waiheke Island and never went any further!  In that year I started working in the wine industry for the first time.  Initially I was working in the tasting room at Cable Bay vineyard and after a crash course in wine I secured a job at Mudbrick Vineyard,where I met Ngarita, and stayed for over 3 years as the Cellar Door Manager.

I’ve since used my combined wine and sales skills as the General Manager of Crown Range Cellars and am currently the Operations Manager of Tantalus Estate on Waiheke.

Needless to say over this time I have developed a huge passion for the wine industry and when Ngarita asked if I would partner with her in developing The Wine Academy I jumped at the chance.

I am currently studying for my WSET Level 4 Diploma, looking to finish in the middle of 2020.

I consider myself a passionate wine enthusiast and love learning about the ever changing landscape of the wine world.  This is a very exciting time to be working in the industry!


I guess I'd call myself a wine industry 'general dogs body'. I studied Microbiology and Zoology at Otago Uni and had to choose between wine making and a masters in Zoology, and wine making won! I headed off to Lincoln where I did the Post Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture.

After a couple of vintages and winter pruning in NZ and Aus I headed off to Europe. I was in the right place at the right time and landed myself a wonderful position as the wine buyer of St Johns College, Cambridge University.  It was here that my knowledge and love of European wines really took off and lead me to take the WSET Level 3 qualification.  I found the course incredibly interesting and so useful to my career within the industry that it inspired me to seek employment with the WSET in London.  

I worked for the WSET for 3 years where I taught, created new courses, ran events and edited course materials. I also completed my WSET Level 4 Diploma which is the entry into the Master of Wine Programme.

After 6 years in Europe, home was calling. Vintages in Kumeu and Marlborough were followed by time in management at Mudbrick Vineyard and Te Motu on Waiheke Island which is where I met Tom.  

In 2016 I moved closer to home to be near family so am currently loving life down in Central Otago where I split my time between teaching WSET, consulting for a number of vineyards and being a mum to an energetic 5 year old boy!

Tom and I are incredibly passionate about making wine education fun, interesting and accessible to all and look forward to seeing you on one of our courses soon!











The New Zealand Academy of Wine and Spirits - Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally Identifiable Information' (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.


What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?


When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, phone number or other details to help you with your experience.


When do we collect information?


We collect information from you when you fill out a form or enter information on our site.


How do we use your information?


We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

       To quickly process your transactions.

       To send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services.

       To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)


How do we protect your information?


We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.

We only provide articles and information. We never ask for credit card numbers.

We use regular Malware Scanning.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.


We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.


All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.


Do we use 'cookies'?


We do not use cookies for tracking purposes

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser's Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.


If you turn cookies off, some features will be disabled. that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.


However, you will still be able to place orders .


Third-party disclosure


We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it's release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property or safety. 

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.


Third-party links


Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.




Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.

We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.


California Online Privacy Protection Act


CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. - See more at:

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously.

Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.

Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy' and can be easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:

       On our Privacy Policy Page

Can change your personal information:

       By emailing us

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?

We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?

It's also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking


COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)


When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States' consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.


Fair Information Practices


The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

We will notify you via email

       Within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.




The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:

       Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions

       Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.

       Send you additional information related to your product and/or service

       Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:

       Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.

       Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.

       Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.

       Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.

       Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.

       Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.


Contacting Us


If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

19 Onetangi Road

Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081

New Zealand

Last Edited on 2016-08-28