Viticulture Team Brenton O'Riley Nick Hunter Kevin Morrison
Great wines start with the land, ensuring its healthy so the vines and wines are packed full of goodness and flavour. To manage we have a great team of viticulturists, who look after our company-owned vineyards and work with top growers ensuring every vine is in peak condition.
NICK HUNTER, Company Viticulturist
Growing up in Marlborough with parents involved in the wine industry Nick Hunter’s future was almost predetermined – just as well he loves the region and the wine industry! Working in vineyards during school holidays Nick decided he enjoyed working outdoors and growing grapes, and seeing how the fruit progressed through to the bottle.
After completing a degree in horticultural management, from Lincoln University, Nick spent three years managing a hillside vineyard in Central Otago before returning to Marlborough.
Since starting at Giesen in 2013, Nick has held the role of Grower Viticulturist and now Company Viticulturist where he is responsible for the fruit intake for the Giesen range of wines.
‘’We are very fortunate within the Giesen Group to own and manage a diverse range of vineyards within Marlborough. The company owned vineyards, combined with the wider family of talented growers in Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Waipara show the true character of place which provides the strong foundation for our range of wines.’’
Outside of work Nick loves nothing better than enjoying a glass of Giesen Fuder Sauvignon Blanc with family and friends.
BRENTON O’RILEY, Grower Viticulturist
Brenton grew up on a dairy farm in the Manawatu, but says he was set on getting involved in viticulture from an early age. “I have always had this bizarre passion from a young age that I wanted to grow grapes. I don’t know where it stemmed from, it’s just always been there,”
When he’s not working in our vineyards on grape vines or meeting with grape growers Brenton loves nothing more than spending time in the region’s great outdoors enjoying his favourite leisure activity – fishing in the Marlborough Sounds.
Brenton was Marlborough’s Young Viticulturist of the Year in 2014 and a finalist in New Zealand’s Young Viticulturist of the Year 2014.
KEVIN MORRISON, Vineyard Operations Manager
Born in Timaru and raised on a sheep and beef farm in the Mackenzie Country, the outdoors have always played an important role in Kevin’s life.
In his role as Vineyard Operations Manager, Kevin is in charge of the day to day operation of the Giesen Group’s conventional and organic vineyards. This means he supervises a great team of staff and contractors who look after all facets of vineyard operations including; wire lifting, pruning, spraying, trimming – and importantly, ensuring the grapes are harvested at just the right time.
When not in the vineyard, Kevin can be found on the dancefloor at Rock n’ Roll with his wife Lynette, or at the go-kart track where he puts his skills as a former rally-car driver to the test.