Former Chief Winemaker at Craggy Range, now making wines exclusively for Angels
- Rod downed tools at one of New Zealand's most iconic wineries, to set-up-shop alone, and luckily for us, he knows the whereabouts of the very best grapes that Hawke's Bay and Central Otago have to offer.
- He has rave reviews from journalists, wines dripping in medals and oodles of Parker Points under his belt, and thanks to Angel funding and backing, he's now making wines exclusively for you.
- Using his prize fund from being crowned your Winemaker of the Year 2014, Rod was able to add a stunning Gisborne Chardonnay to his range. Two years on and his wines never fail to impress - they don’t call him Rod the God for nothing!
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Rod Easthope's Story
"A short note to say hello from the other side of the world and how excited I am to be teaming up with Naked Wines. It’s been a lifelong dream to be my own boss, and the Naked Wines’ model is finally making that dream come true, so thank you.
I’ve had a fantastic seven years at Craggy Range, my current employer, but I can’t wait to get started on this new project, and produce an exclusive range of wines under my own name – at scale. It’s liberating to make wines directly for customers, rather than winery shareholders, importers, distributors etc - who remove or blur the connection between the winegrower and the people who actually drink it!
You’ll be pleased to hear I know where all the best grapes are hiding, and it’s great to have the backing to put them to best use and share them with you – so watch this space!"
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