The Appellation Central Wine Tour team
Sarah Grant - General ManagerWe were delighted to have Sarah Grant join the Appellation Team in November 2016 as our new General Manager. Sarah quickly adapted to the new role with a background in events and fleet management and comes armed with new and innovative ideas.
Philip Green - Senior Guide, UK WSET Dip WineFive years in wine sales, over 20 years as a serious collector and a Diploma of Wine have seen Philip build extensive knowledge in New World and European wines. As founder of Appellation Central™ Wine Tours he has a strong personal interest in promoting Appellation Central and Central Otago as a premium New Zealand wine region.
Wendy Johnston - Business ManagerKeeping us all focused, Wendy is Appellation Central's business manager and strategist. She was key in establishing the Appellation Central Wine Certificate course and steered Appellation Central to its wine tourism awards, for Wine Tourism Services in the 2011 Great Wine Capitals awards.
Charlene Scott - Operations ManagerCharlene is at the hub of our day-to-day operations and works closely with our guides as well as our various partners, from vineyards to travel agents and local hotels. Charlene's previous careers included graphic design and sales and marketing giving her excellent people and computer skills and these, coupled with the prerequisite interest in wine and food, have made her a great asset to our team.
Lise O'Leary - Local Agent Sales and OperationsWith a strong background in Conference management and sales Lise has been with the Appellation Team for 3 years keeping us front of mind with our local agents and providing regular support for the operations team.
Paul Chisnall - Senior GuidePaul joined Appellation Central in 2010. He brings with him an incredibly diverse background as a manager, from starting New Zealand's first commercial hang gliding business, to owning restaurants and recently managing a team of engineers. With family wine interests, Paul has developed a keen and extensive wine knowledge.
David Caesar - Senior Guide
David has been guiding in Queenstown for as long as any of us remember. His great zest for life and strong local knowledge make him one of our best story tellers. A long stint in the US only adds to David's charm and world knowledge. David has also long been a collector of wine, which increases our strong knowledge pool.
Keren McSkimming - Senior GuideKeren, who joined the team in October 2009, is a keen multisporter. A long-term local with guiding and wine experience in both retail and at the cellar door, she has thrived in the wine guiding business.
Simon Hodge - GuideSimon joined the team in 2015 and brings a diverse set of skills and knowledge to the team. Simon always had a passion for wine and back in 2002 was the original cellar door manager at Amisfield Wines. Simon also has an enormous interest in sustainable living and organic farming.
Martin Kohn - Guide
Martin joined us as a guide in the 2014. With a strong
background in creative design, a talented photographer and a good
knowledge of Australian wines, Martin brings some great flair to the
Appellation Central team.
Richard Winchester - Guide
Richard has one of the best wine palates in our team and extensive
knowledge of world wines, Richard also keeps his knowledge fresh working
as a local wine rep. Richard is also is keen runner clocking up the
miles on the local trail networks.