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A dedicated couple working and living their dream...

New Zealand winemaker Emma Lowe & Chilean vineyard manager Marcelo Nunez travelled from Chile to the foothills of the Kaweka Ranges to establish their vineyard and winery. The couple selected a site on the banks of the Ngaruroro River in Crownthorpe, a cooler, higher altitude district of the Hawke's Bay. Here they live and work, hand crafting fine wines exclusively from grapes grown on their 22ha vineyard.

Emma graduated with a degree in winemaking from Adelaide University (Australia) and has since made wines in Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, France, Chile and New Zealand. Marcelo has been extensively involved in both viticulture and winemaking in Chile and New Zealand.

In April 2021, Sara Macdonald joined our team to help in the winery and with our local sales and marketing.

Sara moved to Hawke's Bay in 2017 to begin the Graduate Diplomas in Viticulture & Winemaking at EIT. Later that year, Sara won the North Island Young Winemaker of the Year competition and was Runner Up in the National Final. Since graduating at the top of her class from EIT, Sara has worked for Elephant Hill, Villa Maria and is the Chairwoman for the Hawke's Bay Women in Wine Committee.