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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Rhys has a passion for taking tours by both land and air! Spending most of his time flying planes for a skydiving company, Rhys shares his passion for wine and driving big buses by running wine tours in his spare time.