Winemaking

Peter Bartle, VinPro Limited,
Winemaker 2010 to current vintage

Peter Bartle has established himself as one of Central Otago's most successful and respected winemakers with his no nonsense, passionate approach to winemaking. This approach has lead his wines to great success in competitions and tastings.

Pete loves vineyards and really enjoys working alongside the vineyard team getting to know the site from the ground up. He believes most of the work is done before the fruit arrives at the winery and it is his job to coerce the best out of the grapes the vineyard has produced and to make wines with poise, texture and balance.

Pete has been in the wine industry for over 17 years. After graduating in 1994 with honours from the Eastern Institute of Technology he worked for Villa Maria Estate with winemaker Michelle Richardson for five years, during which time he completed a harvest in 1997 for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa, California. Pete was then appointed assistant winemaker at Forrest Estate in Marlborough for a year before being lured down to Central Otago by the promise of working with Pinot Noir.

In January 2001 Pete arrived in Central Otago to take on the winemaking role at Olssen's. The opportunity to work with multiple vineyards drew him to move to Peregrine in October 2004.

2010 has seen him take on the Chief Winemaker role at VinPro where his skills and experience will be a perfect match for the adventures ahead.

Pete lives in Alexandra with his wife Dora, daughter Paige and sons Oscar and Pedro. Outside of work he likes to keep fit with cycling and spending time with his family.

Carol Bunn Winemaker 2005-2009

Carol completed a Bachelor of Arts in geography and worked in resource management, before making a career change in 1995, and completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University. 

Eighteen months (1996/1997) at Dry River in Martinborough and then at Martinborough Vineyard, working with Nick Hoskins and Larry McKenna, fuelled an abiding interest in Pinot Noir. This interest was further developed with vintages in Oregon in 1997 and 2000. 

Appointed to her first sole winemaker position, in 1998, at Langdale Wine Estate in Canterbury, Carol made a range of wines from aromatic whites (Briedecker, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc) and Chardonnay and a range of reds including Pinot Noir, Petit Syrah and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc/Merlot blend. Carol was appointed winemaker at Akarua Winery in Central Otago in 2001. Over her four vintages at Akarua, she consistently produced award-winning wines. In 2004, Carol joined Vinpro Ltd to take the helm of the new winery division. 

Carol's philosophy is "to work in closely with her clients, and their unique terroir, to produce for each the best wine we can in the year we're given". Carol takes a minimalist approach to winemaking, seeing her role as a caretaker of the wines, rather than a manipulator of the wine's character and style