Our Team

Sarah Grant

Sarah Grant

General Manager

Sarah has dabbled in the tourism industry over the years but her background lies in sport and event management and other managerial roles. She loves working with people who are passionate about what they do, and thrives on the day to day challenges of running a business.

Karen Townsend

Karen Townsend

Operations

Karen is at the hub of our day-to-day operations and works closely with our guides, vineyards, travel agents and local hotels. Karen comes from a background of hotel management and hospitality which has lead to refined organisational skills and exceptional customer service.

Lise O'Leary

Lise O'Leary

Sales / Marketing

With a strong background in Conf. management and sales, Lise has been with the Appellation Team for 4 years keeping us front of mind with our local agents and providing regular support for the operations team.

Simon Hodge

Simon Hodge

Guide

Simon joined the team in 2015 and brings a diverse set of skills and knowledge to the team. Simon always had a passion for wine and back in 2002 was the original cellar door manager at Amisfield Wines. Simon also has an enormous interest in sustainable living and organic farming.

Paul Chisnall

Paul Chisnall

Guide

Paul is our longest standing staff member.  His wine and local history knowledge is second to none and his guiding experience, extensive.  Paul’s greatest passion, along with wine, is gold-prospecting and no doubt our clients would have been treated to some wonderful stories over the years.

Martin Kohn

Martin Kohn

Guide

Martin joined us as a guide in the 2014. With a strong background in creative design, a talented photographer and a good knowledge of Australian and Central Otago wines, Martin brings some great flair to the Appellation team.

David Caesar

David Caesar

Guide

David has been guiding in Queenstown for as long as any of us can remember. His great zest for life and strong local knowledge make him one of our best story tellers. A long stint in the US only adds to David’s charm and world knowledge.

Richard Winchester

Richard Winchester

Guide

Richard has one of the best wine palates in our team as well as extensive knowledge of world wines, Richard also keeps his knowledge fresh working as a local wine rep. Richard is also is keen runner clocking up the miles on the local trail networks.