Appellation Team

Sarah Rusell

Sarah Rusell

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.

Steph Burbidge

Steph Burbidge

Operations Specialist

Originally from the UK, Steph is now a long-term Queenstown local Steph is at the hub of our day-to-day operations and works closely with our guides, vineyards, travel agents and local hotels. Steph comes from a background in event management and logisitcs 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.

Martin

Martin

Senior 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.

Paul

Paul

Senior 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.

Richard

Richard

Senior 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.

Gavin

Gavin

Senior Guide

Gavin is orginally from the UK but now a long-time local hand, has been part of the hospitality industry for over 18 years.  Gavin’s zest for life and strong local knowledge make him one of our best story tellers.

Roberta

Roberta

Spanish & Italian Guide

Roberta is an absolute asset to Appellation, with the ability to talk “wine” in fluent Italian and Spanish! Roberta has pursued her strong interest in wine since living in the southern-most wine region of the world, and her love of the Central Otago region shines through in every tour she takes.

Paddy

Paddy

Guide

Paddy, our kiwi guide originally from the North Island, fell in love with Queenstown and settled in for the long term. Paddy has a keen interest in wine and is often found partaking in local wine-related events and updates keeping us all in the loop with what’s going on in the region. Paddy has a calm and charming nature and loves sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for our region with our visitors.

Vicki

Vicki

Guide

Vicki was born in this region, and her passion, enthusiasm and energy makes an appearance on every tour! She has a great deal of wine knowledge and local historic stories that she cant wait to share with you.