Robert finds his own philosophy to be a natural fit with Teece’s entrepreneurial bent.
“Once you run out of problems to solve it gets boring,” he says, “and with David Teece, that will never happen.” Sam Weaver - Winemaker: Sam is one of the most broadly experienced wine professionals in New Zealand with 35 years’ in the industry covering every aspect from commercial, production and technical.
Other wine regions he’s worked in include Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Blenheim and his home town of Gisborne.
Prior to vineyard work, Garrick was involved in both the forestry and farming industries.
He also worked a four month stint on the Hill of Hermitage in the Southern Rhone Valley France. Here he learnt to appreciate the success of simplicity in the production of good wine and food.
Some personal accomplishments Ben is particularly proud of include; graduating from university with Chemistry and Media degrees, along with being part of a young cricket team that won Marlborough Crickets Top T20 Championship! Beautiful team is the diversity and freedom to express one’s self, along with the positive and fun working relationships.
When Ben isn’t roaming the winery, you can find him on a golf course, at a cricket pitch, or in his favorite arm chair listening to records Email Ben Fin Grieve - Director of Viticulture - NZ: Teece Family Vineyards’ first full-time Vineyard Manager, Fin Grieve, comes to our vineyard with a wealth of life experience and a passion for viticulture.
A South Island native, he worked mostly overseas in a variety of roles.
He brings over 13 years’ of vineyard experience and related skills, and is trained as a practical operator with new age technologies, processes and knowledge.
Ben has also lived in Santa Cruz, California where he worked for Randall Graham, “the Rhone Ranger.” It was there that Ben learnt the art of wild fermentation.
Building up natural yeast populations for inoculating a wide variety of wines.
In 1991, he moved to Marlborough, where he began working in horticulture to satisfy his long-held interest to work with the land.
Here he got his first taste of viticulture and decided to specialize in the field, completing the National Certificate in Grape Growing and Winemaking at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay.