we create wines that are true reflections of new zealand’s marlborough region
Stu was born and raised in the Awatere Valley not far from the Goldwater Vineyard. A graduate of Lincoln University, Canterbury with a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, Stu joined Foley Family Wines in February 2003 as Assistant Winemaker. Stu became our Chief Winemaker in 2007 and was a Finalist at the 2008 & 2009 Young Winemaker of the Year Awards.
After growing up on a vineyard in northern Hawkes Bay it was an easy choice for Mat to attend Lincoln University where he graduated with a Diploma in Horticultural Management. Mat joined the Goldwater team in 2007 as Vineyard manager.
Hamish Smith joined the team in 2010, working his way from vintage cellar hand to assistant winemaker. A graduate of Onslow College in Wellington, Hamish spends a lot of time in the cellar focusing on the quality of the wine, ensuring that the final wine blends will stand out from the crowd.