Our Family

Still family-owned, we're nurturing the next generation of Hunter's winemakers

Ensuring we'll be around for years to come

Family Photo
Still in the family

Hunter's is the only Marlborough vineyard established in the 1970s to still be owned by its original family.

Hunter's has always been a true family affair. It is managed by Jane Hunter and her brother-in-law Peter Macdonald. Jane's sister Libby (Macdonald) and Peter's two sons, James and Edward, are firmly entrenched in the business.

James, Ed, Jane and Mac
Family around the lunch table
The whole family posing for a picture
Jane and James in Vineyard
Family laughing around the table
Jane Hunter, CNZM, OBE

Managing Director

Born in South Australia, where her father was a contract grape grower, Jane gained a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide. Jane has been described by the London Sunday Times as the First Lady of New Zealand wine and was awarded an OBE for service to the wine industry in 1993. Jane has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Massey University and received the inaugural Wine & Spirit Competition Women in Wine Award. Exactly 25 years after taking over managing Hunter's Wines Jane was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to viticulture. In 2016, Jane received the Wolf Blass AM Award in Australia, and the Wine Marlborough Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, Jane was inducted as a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers. Jane has also been inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.

If you can't find Jane in her office, you might spy her in the kitchen at the Cellar Door making meals or doing the dishes!

Peter Macdonald (Mac)


Big in stature, somewhat larger than life and with a huge passion for all that he takes on, Peter is committed to the worldwide success of Hunter's Wines. Born, educated and trained in Australia, and joining Hunter's in 1991, his quest for knowledge has propelled him from teacher and sportsman, to overseeing marketing and sales operations. Peter's role in the management team is pivotal to the exciting future for our wines. He has literally traveled miles to introduce Hunter's Wines to the world.

Mac takes great pride in keeping the lawns in great shape (he loves that ride-on mower!)

James Macdonald

Senior Winemaker

Jane's nephew, Peter's son, James completed his degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University. Having done many vintages overseas, he is now Senior Winemaker at Hunter's. With three generations of winemaking behind him, James still maintains focus on ensuring that Hunter’s wine styles are evolving yet remaining classic examples of the best that Marlborough has to offer.

James spends his weekends in the boat and taking his young sons for tractors rides, nurturing their interest in the business.

Ed Macdonald

General Manager

Ed is Jane's younger Nephew. He joined the family business in early 2015 after completing a Business Degree at Victoria University and spending 18 months working in London. The calling was always there to join brother James in the family business. General Manager is as it says, quite general and on any given day, he can be overseeing bottling, production and export logistics. As well as getting involved with budgets, playing around with packaging, finance, sales, and whatever else needs doing in a family business.

Vineyard Dogs

Hunter's have always been known for their dogs, probably reminded by the Hunter's crest although that was never intentional. Those who have known us since the beginning will remember Jane and Ernie's St. Bernard, Commodore. As well as Paddy, the Clumber Spaniel. Now James and Edward have a Labrador (Lola) and Border Collie (Billy) who help (or hinder) the day to day operations.

Black Labrador with tennis ball in vineyard
Ernie Hunter and St. Bernard
Jane Hunter and Clumber Spaniel

Hunter’s is a winemaking family and our passion is making quality wines that are synonymous with quality and innovation. Bringing award winning wines from Marlborough to the world.

Friends of Hunter's
Within the immediate community and beyond, Hunter's works to make a lasting difference and have deepened their community commitment.
Sweet Louise
Sweet Louise helps to improve the quality of life for hundreds of New Zealand women living with breast cancer.
Nelson Giants Basketball
The Nelson Giants are the our local national basketball team and Hunter's have been their wine sponsor for over 20 years.
Katherine Mansfield House & Garden
For the past two years we have been providing MiruMiru™ for the historic 1888 house of Katherine Mansfield, a heritage site now that encourages creativity and educates.
Marlborough Four Paws
Established with the goal of providing welfare to animals in need, Hunter's is an annual financial sponsor of Marlborough Four Paws.
Marlborough Museum
Hunter's assisted in the establishment of the Marlborough Museum, and continue to sponsor various events each year. Jane has been acknowledged as a 'Special Friend' of the Museum.
Methven Golf Club
Mac is a keen golfer and each year Hunter's support Methven Golf Club High Country Classic Tournament by providing wine for prizes.