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The Appellation Central Wine Tour team


Sarah Grant - General ManagerSarah Grant - General Manager

We 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 - Wine GuidePhilip Green - Senior Guide, UK WSET Dip Wine

Five 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 Centralâ„¢ Wine Tours he has a strong personal interest in promoting Appellation Central and Central Otago as a premium New Zealand wine region.

Wendy Johnston - - Wine GuideWendy Johnston - Business Manager

Keeping 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 Scott - Operations Manager

Charlene 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'Leay - SalesLise O'Leary - Local Agent Sales and Operations

With 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 - - Wine GuidePaul Chisnall - Senior Guide

Paul 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 - Wine Guide

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 Guide

Keren, 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 - Guide

Simon 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 - Wine Guide

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 - Wine GuideRichard 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.