Appellation Team

Sarah Russell

Sarah Russell

General Manager

Sarah has been worked in many industries but moved to Queenstown four years ago to run this “owned and operated” family business. She takes great pride in her team and enjoys the every day challenges of running a business. She looks forward to what the future has in store for the wine industry in New Zealand.

Lise O'Leary

Lise O'Leary

Sales & Marketing

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

Paul

Paul

Expert Wine Guide

Paul is our longest standing staff member with 10 years experience. 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.

Gary

Gary

Expert Wine Guide

Gary, orignally from the UK, has spent the last 3 years in Queenstown and has already decided that this is where he will retire. His knowledge of wine and spirits comes from a strong background in hospitality, previously running one of Queenstown’s best cocktail bars. His passion and love for the region shines through on his tours, and his fun facts will ensure you learn something along the way!

Richard

Richard

Expert Wine 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 representative. Richard is also a keen runner clocking up the miles on the local trail networks.

Steph Burbidge

Steph Burbidge

Operations

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, and customers. Steph comes from a background in event management resulting in refined organisational skills and exceptional customer service.
Martin

Martin

Expert Wine 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.

Roberta

Roberta

Spanish & Italian Wine 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 for the Central Otago region shines through in every tour she takes.

Paddy

Paddy

Expert Wine 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.