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Our Team

Steve Sykes - Cellar Manager

Cellar Manager, Steve Sykes has been here for twenty-five years.

"The first year I was here we re-established The Terraces vineyard. Move this sentence up. It was a huge job digging out the pine and preparing the ground, planting the vines and nurturing them through to the first vintage. But that first vintage just shone out above all else, it won awards and we realized what we had here. We’re a close-knit team, the roles are fairly intertwined. There’s no big hierarchy, we sit around and brainstorm ideas, we muck in together and we get things done. We believe in taking a holistic approach, especially in the way we train new people coming through. We rotate jobs, so everyone gets the big picture, and they go away from here with a lot of different skills".

Amanda MOORE - Laboratory & Quality Assurance Technician

‘“I started working in the lab at Esk Valley late in 2006. I came from a Chemistry background not knowing a lot about the winemaking process and have learnt everything on the job. I love the challenges it has brought and the new skills I have had to learn especially around the management of our Quality Systems. In 2014 I was on maternity leave and really missed what was going on at Esk, especially during vintage, wondering what the grapes where like? How the ferments were going? And of course whether we would be bottling another vintage “The Terraces. I even missed the daily quiz at smoko. It was great coming back to a dedicated team and I can’t wait to see what the next vintage will bring”.

Brittany Turlock – Cellar Door Manager

“Growing up in Okanagan Valley in British Columbia (one of Canada’s leading wine regions) Brittany has been around wine most of her life. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia studying Geography of Wine she joined the industry with CedarCreek Winery. After working various roles in Australia’s Margaret River with the likes of Voyager Estate and Vasse Felix she moved to New Zealand beginning at Villa Maria’s Auckland Cellar Door. Missing the country life, Brittany transitioned to the Te Awa Cellar Door in 2018.”