Hunter’s Wines have won more than 200 gold medals at national and international wine competitions and we're still breaking new ground with new varietals, new wine-making techniques and consistently seeking the best for our wines. Still family-owned, we're nurturing the next generation of Hunter's winemakers ensuring we'll be around for years to come.
Through Jane’s strong determination, together with the talents of nephew's James and Edward Macdonald and brother-in-law Peter Macdonald, Hunter's original vineyard area has increased by 3.5 times its original size and the company’s annual output has grown to around 100,000 cases of wine, nearly 80% of which is exported.
After more than 30 years we're still fiercely independent and family owned.
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 received the inaugural Wine & Spirit Competition Women in Wine Award. In 2009 Jane was awarded the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).
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, his quest for knowledge has propelled him from teacher and sportsman, to overseeing marketing and sales operation. Peter's role in the management team is pivotal to the exciting future for our wines.
"If there is one company that started the whole international story called Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc it is Hunter's - they got the magic started"
- Bob Cambell MW
Hunter's has always been a true family effort. Hunter's is managed by Jane Hunter and her brother-in-law Peter Macdonald. Jane's sister Libby and her two sons James and Edward are all very much a part of the business.
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.
Assistant General Manager
Edward 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. Edward currently oversees the export and production logistics. Taking after his Aunty Jane, Edward has a keen eye on learning all aspects of the business.
Inus van der Westhuizen
South African born, Inus grew up on a wine farm in the Western Cape. He gained a Diploma in Cellar Technology at Elsenberg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch where he then went on to work as an assistant winemaker for 5 years. Inus then went to work in Pflaz in Germany for a harvest before moving with his wife to New Zealand.
Katie joined James and Inus in the Hunter's winemaking team in 2015. Having graduated from Lincoln University in Christchurch with an Oneology Degree, Katie's never looked back. Katie's love of wine also fits in with her love of traveling and cooking. Have travelled extensively for pleasure and for work including Oregon, Germany and Western and South Australia. Cooked octopus or dumplings with a delicious Riesling or Pinot Noir are a couple of favourites.