“Consistent quality and an unwavering focus on making one of the best cabernet blends in the world is what the Destiny Bay brand is all about. No exceptions. No excuses.”
Sean’s passion for wines and winemaking combined with his extensive business and technical experience enables him to effectively integrate the diverse elements involved in running a total grape growing, winemaking and global distribution business. Sean’s involvement in the vineyard layout, rootstock and clone selection, winery design, brand development, and the creation of distribution relationships and partners has provided him with the background and history needed to achieve Destiny Bay’s ambitious mission.
“Advancements in viticulture and enology are taking place at a phenomenal rate. Staying at the forefront is vital to our success. We are always learning, always finding better ways to do things, always improving our methods and practices.”
Ann holds a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry, has completed post-graduate studies at UC Davis in viticulture and enology and holds a Masters degree in Wine Sciences from Auckland University. The founding of Destiny Bay Vineyards realized her dream of combining science, art and craft to produce a world-class wine. Ann oversees Destiny Bay’s modern wine laboratory and supports winemaking decisions with extensive research and analysis.
“Our passion is making remarkable wine that expresses this amazing island and unique vineyard site. This is how we respect our collectors.”
Launching Destiny Bay was a life-changing decision for Mike when he discovered the perfect terroir on Waiheke Island for producing distinctive and elegant cabernet blends. A former merger and acquisition consultant and partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Rubicon Group, Mike’s experience in forming and leading high performance teams of talented people contributes a rare level of business acumen to the creative enterprise of winemaking. Mike is currently the president of the Waiheke Winegrowers Association and serves as a voting director on the board of New Zealand Wine Growers. He is also an author and speaker on wine industry issues.
Vincent has more than 14 years of wine industry sales and marketing experience in New Zealand, Australia and the U.K.
Most recently, Vincent was the Global Head of Sales and Marketing at Elephant Hill in Hawkes Bay. Prior to that he was an Account manager for Vintners NZ in Wellington, a Trade Account Manager with Moet Hennessy in London, and a Sales Manager for Winestyle Australia in London where he was tasked to set up their UK office and grow sales in the U.K. and Ireland.
Vince has worked as a vintage cellar hand for Cloudy Bay, been an Associate Judge at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge in London, holds a Masters in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide, completed his WSET Level 3, earned a certificate in Wine Sensory Evaluation from Roseworthy College, and completed an introductory winemaking correspondence study at the University of California Davis. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Marketing) from the University of Natal, South Africa.
Prior to entering the wine industry in 2003, Vince was a Stock Loan Specialist with Commerzbank (Frankfurt) and served in middle and back office roles with JP Morgan Chase and Citibank (London).
“I know these vines and slopes like the back of my hand. Managing this vineyard is like watching family and friends grow up. There is never a dull moment.”
Dan brings more than fifteen years of experience in vineyard and winery management to the viticulture team. Prior to joining Destiny Bay, Dan was the assistant winemaker and vineyard manager for one of the oldest and most respected vineyard and winery operations on Waiheke Island, Goldwater Estate. He has studied viticulture and enology at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay, and has instituted viticultural practices that have made Destny Bay a fully accredited “Sustainable Winegrowing” vineyard.
Responsible for all vine management and vineyard staff, Dan transforms Destiny Bay winemaking objectives into reality in the vineyard.
Ara joined the Destiny Bay team in 2006 as a vineyard and winery assistant with responsibilities including pruning, canopy maintenance, harvesting, fermentation, pressing, bottling, and racking. Ara’s fastidious attention to detail and interest in wine science made her a perfect candidate to take over daily laboratory analysis and she soon became Destiny Bay’s first dedicated cellar hand.
In 2010 Ara was officially promoted to Assistant Winemaker and now overseas Destiny Bay’s entire laboratory operations including microbiological culturing and analysis, spectrophotometric wine analysis and works hand-in-hand with the winemaker on executing Destiny Bay’s assemblage, blending and oak management.
Ara has studied Grapegrowing and Winemaking at Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay.