Four years studying Microbiology at the University of Otago drove Malcolm into a life of wine, beginning in Marlborough in 2000, sojourning at Lincoln University for a year and culminating in Central Otago.
Malcolm comes into the Rockburn fold from his four-year tenure as Felton Road Wines’ Assistant Winemaker. His time there was devoted to learning about and making fine Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay and included three vintages working in Oregon, USA. His passion for wine is now one of the driving forces behind the future direction of Rockburn’s wine portfolio.
After extensive travel and work in the hospitality industry in New Zealand, the USA and Europe; advertising, marketing and chefs qualifications led Rebecca Poynter into a New Zealand based sales role with internationally recognised wine company Villa Maria Estate in 1995. Her experience at Villa Maria Estate also included national accounts and marketing management positions. During ten years based in Auckland Rebecca also spent two years with Fosters’ International NZ in trade marketing and marketing.
Rebecca relocated to Australia 2005 with Villa Maria Estate where, from a Sydney base, she developed and managed two of the company’s key growth regions, Australia and Asia. This role involved extensive travel and, after four years Rebecca took the opportunity to move back into a winery based role and to gain general management skills as General Manager at Bimbadgen Estate in the Hunter Valley.
Over the last six years Rebecca has had both strategic and “hands on” winery general management experience in the Hunter Valley and South Australia, focusing on maximising both the profitability and brand value of businesses in highly competitive market conditions as well as the development and management of their distributor relationships in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.
Rebecca’s senior management experience encompasses wine businesses with both family and offshore corporate ownership. Her experience also includes voluntary positions on industry associations such as Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism of which she is a past president.
Born in Waianiwa in central Southland, Richard is currently Head of Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Chief Medical Officer for the Otago District Health Board and also on the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Australasia.
Richard had always had an interest in wine. One of his uncles – who had travelled extensively – always had wine on the table at meal time. At University, Richard’s interest in wine expanded through flatting with fellow students who also had an interest in wine. In the mid-1990’s, he began to develop the company that is today known as Rockburn.
Richard is married to Lynley and they have three daughters – Amanda (born 1977), Emma (1979) and Victoria (1982).
Chris joined Rockburn in 1999 after being plied large amounts of Pinot by Dick Bunton. Having sold his previous business interests he was looking for an involvement in the exciting new wine industry of Central Otago. Chris has been responsible for developing Rockburn's sales and distribution network in New Zealand and off shore.
Outside wine his interests are golf and fishing and absorbing the Central Otago lifestyle. Chris James is married to Judy and they have a daughter and two sons.
An Auckland native, Paul has shared living between Central Otago and Auckland since 1995. His working career began in the packaging industry (paper and plastics) and he set up on his own account in 1981 and sold out of these business interests in 2004.
Paul is a shareholder and director, tending to focus on the finance and marketing arenas in particular. His investment came about due to a love of the landscapes of Central Otago and a love for Pinot Noir. The latter developed whilst spending vacation time in Burgundy, France.
Paul is married with three daughters. His spare time covers such activities as skiing, helicopter flying, fishing (salt & freshwater), classic car collecting and motor racing. Paul currently campaigns two race cars – a 2003 Maserati Cambiocorsa Trofeo and a 911 Porsche RS – in both tar seal rallies and track events.