Richard (Dick) Bunton | Owner & Chairman

Richard (Dick) Bunton | Owner & Chairman

Rockburn’s Chairman Dick Bunton could be best described as a “pinophyle”. Loving all things Pinot Richard can often be found at the holy grail of Pinot Noir - Burgundy, France. Dick’s interest in wine is longstanding and started in his youth on visits to a favourite Uncle who had travelled extensively and who always had wine on the table at dinner time! At university his interest grew, flatting with like-minded students who shared his passion for all things vinous.

Once qualified and practicing as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, it was only a matter of time before Dick’s passion became a hobby and in 1991 he established a vineyard at Lake Hayes near Arrowtown, planting the seeds from which Rockburn was eventually born.

Nearly a local, Dick is originally from Waianiwa in central Southland. Now residing in Dunedin, but a frequent visitor to Rockburn’s vineyards and winery, Dick is currently Head of Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Dunedin Hospital.

Dick is married to Lynley and they have three daughters – Amanda, Emma and Victoria, all of whom share his love of wine and all things Rockburn.