James Rowan has recently joined the SOHO team as our Waiheke Island winemaker. James has been a winemaker at West Brook Winery (one of NZ’s most highly awarded wineries for its size) since 2004. Previously he had 3 vintages with Delegat’s Wine Estate & four years winemaking at Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island. James is also a highly regarded wine judge, judging some of NZ’s most prestigious wine competitions & magazines. 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!