Alastair had a life-long dream to own his own winery and produce award-winning New Zealand wines. On returning home from working and living overseas, he made that dream a reality.
Alastair has fond memories of the Wairarapa from his childhood, and so there was no question where he would begin his search for the best area to produce world class Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Alastair’s passion to produce award-winning wines that capture the characters and flavours of the Wairarapa is now his business. Alastair is involved in the winery’s strategic development and shares a hands-on role in expanding the export markets.
“I dreamt about owning my own vineyard – I now dream about sharing that vineyard’s wines with the world. My team and I would like to work with buyers to market Matahiwi Estate’s wines home and abroad.” Alastair is also a master of ‘dad jokes’.
Miles Dinneen went to school over the back fence of the vineyard but is originally from Hawkes Bay and has been in the wine industry for more than twenty years. Miles is having a great time with this years harvest and is very impressed with the fruit quality.
As a winemaker he has received many high-profile accolades including most recently the Best Syrah in the World (International Wine Challenge, 2018), showing the Aussies how it is done! He has also received the Six Nations Wine Awards Best Red Blend (2016), Best New Zealand Chardonnay (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016), Best New Zealand Red Wine (International Wine Challenge, 2014) and Best NZ Red Varietal (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2013).
When not making wine, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, painting, hunting, hiking and travelling. Also fascinated with rainbows!
Karina is our vineyard manager, born and bred in the Wairarapa. She loves being out in the vines, whatever the weather. She is very protective of her vines and is known in the business for excellent vineyard management.
She is also keen on tramping in the Tararua ranges including heading up Mt Hector and Mt Holdsworth!
Sales and Marketing Manager
Fleur is in charge of Sales and Marketing plus anything else tricky! Before starting with Matahiwi her wine knowledge was purely consumer based… She deals with all customers from all walks of life! From export customers all over the world to local customers, big and small. You will meet Fleur at local tastings and events, make sure you come and say hi!
When she is not selling wine, Fleur spends her time with her young family and sampling competitors’ products… Fleur also has an irrational fear of peaches.
Robyn is the friendly face you will meet at trade shows or our events. In addition, she is our logistics and marketing guru, looking after exports and accounts, as well as local customers.
Outside of work Robyn spends most her time supporting a houseful of busy teenagers. And satisfying her OCD.