Phil completed a Diploma in Horticulture at Massey University before going on to manage orchards across Hawkes Bay for over 15 years, including owing his own orchard for a period. It was in 1999 that Phil discovered his passion for viticulture and has been managing some of our most premium vineyard sites within the group for over 15 years. A testament to Phil’s success was when he collected the Bragato Champion Wine of Show in 2014 for the Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2012, grown on the famous Keltern Vineyard. Phil has picked up a number of other awards in his time also.
Phil is particularly talented at growing young vines, seeing them through to develop into premier sites.