Jason's interest in viticulture started when completing a Diploma of Horticulture and Floriculture in Australia . Jason returned to New Zealand and enrolled in a Horticultural Science Degree at Lincoln University to get a more in-depth look at the science behind growing plants. Luckily for Waitiri Creek, a continued interest in vineyards resulted in Jason accepting an offer from a local vineyard to work in the Central Otago region and grasp an exciting opportunity in this rapidly developing area. Jason is now completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture) from Charles Sturt University in Australia by distance education. Jason took over the management of the Waitiri Creek vineyards in 2003.

In Jason's time in Central Otago he has designed and developed vineyards, assisted in vintages in the winery and runs a successful management team. His continued dedication to growing the best quality grapes for the Waitiri Creek brand greatly assists the winemaker and gives consistency and quality to Waitiri Creek's wines.


A background in the corporate world has provided a sound base for Alistair’s work with Waitiri Creek. He still works full time in his own consultancy/merchant bank while masterminding the vineyard’s development and generally trying to keep all the balls in the air! Married to the Export & Marketing Manager – lucky guy!


Frequently described as a “reformed barrister”, Paula’s role has expanded with the increased demand for our wines. Initially responsible for sales within New Zealand as well as a slew of administrative roles, she now focuses her energies on developing our offshore markets.

She assures us that although she is racking up the air points, it is all about Waitiri Creek and building relationships. The growth of our exports in the last few years would tend to suggest that she is actually doing the business and not just having a good time when she is overseas.

Mark Naismith and Jason Thomson

Gibbston Wine & Food Festival, Waitiri Creek 2007