Chris James | Owner & Director

Chris James | Owner & Director

The story goes that Chris joined Rockburn in 1999 after being plied large amounts of Pinot Noir by Dick Bunton! However, unbeknown to Dick, at the time he was preaching to the converted, as having sold his previous business interests Chris was looking for an involvement in the exciting new wine industry developing in Central Otago.

As Rockburn grew, Chris took on the challenge of developing its sales and distribution network in New Zealand and Australia. Chris’ passion for Pinot Noir is equaled by his love of the stunning Central Otago region. He enjoys all it offers, including fishing in its pristine rivers, exploring its cycle ways and supporting its diverse restaurant scene.

His other great passion being golf, Chris can more often than not be found or the on the golf course with wife Judy, or spreading the Rockburn story over a great glass of Pinot after a round in the 19th!

Chris and Judy have two sons and a daughter.