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Our winemakers

Dave Clouston



Marlborough born & bred Dave Clouston produces wines that are true expressions of Marlborough’s unique terroir. Dave’s wines are clean, pure & consistent, with a strong focus on balance, length & texture. High quality & hand crafted wines have earned Dave a staggering 38 gold medals & 3 champion trophies for SOHO's previous 8 vintages. His commitment & energy exude throughout his wine & his lifestyle... carving up waves, snow & even the odd dance floor.

James Rowan


James Rowan

James Rowan, our Waiheke Island winemaker, has won 14 gold medals & a champion trophy in the last 6 vintages for SOHO. James’ philosophy “Wine, like life, is about texture. The fruit decides the style – we just guide it down the path, teasing out the nuances, playing in the shadows”. James is one of the NZ wine industry’s true characters, his personality is like his wine, full of vigour & charm... trophies & gold medals earned are as outstanding as his facial hair!

Grant Taylor


Grant Taylor

Grant Taylor is the Godfather of Central Otago Pinot Noir. He has won the BEST PINOT NOIR at the London International Wine Challenge not once, but three times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker. The SOHO McQueen has won 11 gold medals in the previous 7 vintages. Grant's wines are suffused with personality & charm & age superbly – some would say a reflection of this unique winemaker... nicknamed the Valli Lama.