Mike has recently been senior viticulturist for the Giesen Group and a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowers Committee helping to guide the implementation of best practice in viticulture for the country’s wine industry.
Extensive work in hospitality, liquor retail and marketing supported by study of viticulture and winemaking means he has an unparalleled understanding of wine and business. He has a wealth of experience within the New Zealand wine industry, with his resume reading like a roll call of the country’s finest wine brands including; Giesen, Craggy Range, Mud House and Villa Maria. Mike’s even managed to work with one of Australia’s finest – McWilliams Wines.
Having been a senior viticulturist for multiple companies Mike's extensive knowledge and understanding of the geographic characteristics and performance of the Marlborough region vineyard's and what they can deliver stylistically and financially allows him to bring this unique set of skills to plug into the Real Estate industry to add value to client’s assets, where he can match vendor and customer to maximize their potential.
Having spent the last 15 years in Marlborough working with grower contracts and lease agreements, people and the land are what Mike really understands. Succession is a big part of family business and Mike possesses the skill set to listen and help families plan where they want to be in the future.
Outside of work, Mike enjoys home improvement and landscape gardening. Not surprisingly, he’s passionate about food and wine and enjoys entertaining and cooking for family and friends. That’s balanced by his love of mountain biking on the hills around Blenheim, fishing in the Marlborough Sounds and winter ski trips with his family.