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Tom Hutchison

Tom Hutchison

Director/Sales & Marketing

Tom’s journey in creating Rock Ferry Wines began more than 25 years ago when he discovered the pleasures of wine as a university student. A fortuitous opportunity to experience the great domains of France led to him exploring the more circumspect philosophy that ‘fine wine begins with the vine’, enrolling at UC-Davis to study viticulture. With Rock Ferry, he has targeted exceptional New Zealand vineyard areas to plant traditional as well as experimental grape varietals and has carefully selected and assembled a passionate and talented group of people to bring his vision to life.

Nicky Thomas

Nicky Thomas

Administration Manager

Nicky is in charge of the engine room and is often the friendly voice at the end of the phone. She keeps the finances in order, runs the logistics side of the business and pays the bills, phew! . Super organised and efficient, Nicky keeps us honest and on our toes, and with her lovely smile and manner its hard not to do what she asks. Nicky is our go- to person and we recommend she is yours too!

Allan McWilliams

Allan McWilliams

Winemaker

Armed with an oenology degree from Roseworthy, Allan has worked vintages in a few wine regions. He has made wine in the Hunter Valley and Margaret River, Australia before heading over to the U.S. to make Pinot Noir in Oregon and eventually to Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux. After brief stints in Switzerland and Italy’s Barolo region, he returned home to New Zealand and winemaking for Goldwater Estate, Nautilus, Cellier Le Brun and Wairau River. Allan has been making Rock Ferry’s wines since our first vintage in 2005.

Mary Richmond

Mary Richmond

Assistant Winemaker & Marketing Assistant

Mary is delighted to be back in Marlborough, working with organic fruit from the Rapaura & Bendigo regions. She grew up on a farm in Hawkes Bay & helped her parents establish a small hillside vineyard when she was in secondary school. As well as Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology, Mary has a Diploma in Culinary Arts. She has worked over 10 vintages in Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Sonoma, McLaren Vale, Tasmania & the Rhone Valley.

Peter Franks

Peter Franks

Viticulturist (Marlborough)

For Peter organics is simply the sensible way to grow grapes. Prior to Rock Ferry Peter started the organics program for NZ's largest corporate winegrower in 2007, convincing them to commit vineyard land and specialist machinery to the project. "The Wairau Plains have been a mono culture of grazing or vineyards for too long, we all need to start repaying the land for what we continue to take out of it." When not at Rock Ferry Peter can be found slogging it out on the local mountain bike park

Jason Thomson

Jason Thomson

Viticulturist (Central Otago)

Jason loves plants and strives to produce top quality grapes from those plants. He enjoys getting out amongst the vines and watching the seasons change and believes that wines talk of their place and of their parentage. He believes that grapes reflect both their treatment on the vine and in the winemaking process.

Becky Wiseman

Becky Wiseman

Head Chef

Becky is in charge of the kitchen on a day to day basis and is also responsible for the delicious aromas that waft upstairs to the office and torture us throughout the day! A passionate foodie (with a particular flair for desserts) Becky’s laugh and enthusiasm is infectious and she ensures the whole team is smiling all day – come and experience her food, but we warn you it is addictive!

Sheryl Nielsen

Sheryl Nielsen

Cellar Door Manager

Chances are this is the warm smiling face that will greet you when you visit our Cellar Door & Café. Very experienced in all things hospitality, Sheryl omits a calm serenity that belies the skill that goes into making sure everyone has a great time when they visit us. Recently married, Sheryl says it’s the best kind of life and all the while those devilish eyes are twinkling…..

Rock Ferry Wines Ltd
PO Box 544, Blenheim, 7240
Ph +64 (0)3 579 6430
wine@rockferry.co.nz

Cellar Door & Cafe
130 Hammerichs Road, Blenheim
Ph +64 (0)3 579 6430
cafe@rockferry.co.nz

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