Born into the wine industry, Nick was raised at his family’s Te Mata Estate and famous Coleraine vineyard home. He tasted many great wines at an impressionable age and afterwards would not consider any other career.
A ’94 graduate of Massey University's Bachelor of Business Studies degree, Nick worked in New Zealand wine retail and distribution before diving into the deep end of the UK wine trade with a London based wine importer and distributor. There, Nick completed his Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma, never declining an opportunity taste his way through the wines of Europe.
Continuing in London, Nick established a successful French wine importation division for a group of 140 UK restaurants then, following a buy-out, Nick got back to wine production as an intern at Chateau Margaux before returning to Te Mata in time for the 2000 harvest.
Initially responsible for all aspects of Te Mata's sales and marketing, Nick was made a director of the company in 2003 and, in 2013, was appointed Chief Executive. From 2002 to 2012, Nick served as a director and then Chairman of Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers, Hawke’s Bay’s regional wine industry association.
Growing up on the land in northern Hawkes Bay, Phil has a natural love and appreciation of the local terrior, the climate, rivers, soil and sea, and its immense contribution to wine. He combines this understanding with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Wine Science.
He joined the Te Mata Estate team in 1992 and has had vintage experiences at Clos des Lombrays, Burgundy and at Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux.
Phil is also a Senior Wine Judge and an extreme wine junky. He is married to Leanne and has two children, Benjamin and Hannah.
Alastair is a born and bred Wellingtonian. He lives there with his wife, Emma, and has two adult kids, Isabella and Ned.
He has been involved in the hospitality industry, either as a chef or wine merchant, for many years. Alastair works for the Restaurant Association. He is also a guide at Zealandia Eco Sanctuary, loves fishing, cooking, good Bordeaux and walking the dog.
Fiona Morris is a communications specialist based in Wellington. As the daughter of Te Mata Estate co-founders Michael and June Morris, she served a long apprenticeship in the form of childhood holidays spent planting, watering and tying young vines, and driving Henry the tractor on Te Mata’s slopes.
In her professional life, she has held roles in environment, health policy, the tourism industry, and as a journalist at RNZ.
She also spent two years working in the Pacific with husband and photographer Murray Lloyd.
Fiona is pleased to be able to contribute to maintaining continuity in the family business where tender young vines have come to fruition in Te Mata Estate.
Jonathan is the eldest son of the second generation of the Buck family and estate and vineyard manager, and CEO, of Te Mata Estate's largest grape growing site - Woodthorpe Terraces, in Hawke’s Bay’s Dartmoor Valley.
Jonathan has travelled and worked across Europe, the Middle East and Australia, including consecutive vintages at Krondorf in the Barossa Valley. A graduate of Smedley College he is keenly interested in farming and enduro. With his wife Megan he has raised Zara, Henry and Tamzin at Woodthorpe, who all have worked at Te Mata at the cellar door or in the vineyards.
Sally is responsible for all aspects of Te Mata Estate's sales and marketing efforts across all markets and all sales channels. As well as being the Director of the Hawke's Bay Wine Marketing Committee she is also Chair of Hawke's Bay Winegrowers and on the New Zealand Wine Growers Marketing Board. She has represented Te Mata Estate and New Zealand wine in Europe, USA, Australasia and Asia, travelling regularly to overseas markets.
Originally from the UK, Sally completed a BA Hons in Business Studies and a Diploma in Marketing and Direct Marketing. She’s previously worked in international sales and marketing management roles for Unilever, Mattel and Hasbro Toys. Sally lives next door to Te Mata Estate in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, with her husband and two teenage boys.
Tobias grew up at Coleraine, planting vines on the estate and working in Te Mata’s cellars. He completed a postgraduate in literature and art history in the US before going on to gain a Master of Science with Distinction at Edinburgh.
Tobias has worked almost every vintage at Te Mata, across every department, as well as across most of the world's fine wine regions: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piedmont, the Douro Valley, Spain, Chile, Argentina and around New Zealand. He is now Te Mata's Sales and Marketing Manager, with sales and marketing responsibilities in Europe, Singapore, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
When home, and not at the beach, Tobias lives at Awatea and has developed accommodation there for annual vintage interns. He is also the winner of New Zealand's top short story prize, the Katherine Mansfield Award, and New Zealand's top essay award, the Landfall Prize.