Meet Nicky and Peter... Nicky is the winemaker and Peter is the grower. They are father and daughter, and combined have 49 years experience in the wine industry.
Making wine from the Waipara Valley, Nicky's winemaking passions are crisp whites and Pinot Noir.
For 10 years they grew grapes for the best producers in New Zealand, but 5 years ago they put their own name on the grapes when the vines hit their peak. Now Angels are helping Nicky and Peter continue their Dunnolly dream!
Olly Masters has built a rep as one of New Zealand’s finest winemakers and wine judges. He spent a decade at the world-famous Ata Rangi before spending the past 10 years making his jaw-dropping wines at Misha's Vineyard.
So when we got a tip off from his mate, Rod ‘the God’ Easthope, that Olly was itching to go it alone... we hopped straight on the blower.
Olly’s got a secret knack for turning the world’s trickiest grape into liquid gold. He’s a genius. He’s got more degrees than a thermometer, and has spent 30 years making world-class kit in Hawke’s Bay, Burgundy, and Martinborough where he was winemaking at Ata Rangi for over 10 years.
With a heap of Gold medals, Phil making some of the best Pinot Noir we have ever tasted.
His first ever vintage was awarded 92 points by Robert Parker.
Phil alternates between mastermind and master of understatement: 'Just going for a paddle' - First solo kayak crossing of Foveaux Strait. 'Caught the odd deer' - Acclaimed deer trapper in the 80's. 'Dabbled in shearing' - 300 a day man
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. Years on and his wines never fail to impress - they don’t call him Rod the God for nothing.
Mike used to be the Head Winemaker at one of New Zealand's finest, most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc wineries.
He loved the job, but he also loved the idea of fulfilling his life-long dream of going it alone. Only problem was, the financial equation was "beyond scary" (as Mike put it!)
We funded Mike to go it alone on one tiny, simple, lovely condition: he makes you some absolute stunners in the wine department. With your backing, he’s been able to make some of the most consistently high-rated Sauvignons in the whole of New Zealand. Kudos to you.
Husband and wife team Bill and Claudia went it alone thanks to Angel funding 10 years ago. Since then, they've gone on to become Naked legends.
Using your Angel funding, the Smalls have built close relationships with grape growers ‘in the bits of Marlborough they love’ to make lovingly crafted gems from some of the best fruit going.
With you behind them, your King and Queen of Marlborough have gone from strength to strength. You’re the reason they make some of the highest-rated Sauvignons in the whole of New Zealand. Kudos to you.