Fiona MacDiarmid — Director Sales and Marketing
Born and raised in Christchurch Fiona completed her BA and Postgraduate degree in Business at the University of Canterbury. After university she decided to broaden her horizons and crossed the pond to London where she ran a branch of a recruitment agency. However, Fiona began to miss the lifestyle of New Zealand and returned home in 1985, working in a variety of businesses before entering the wine trade.
Fiona was attracted to the wine industry because of the passion and commitment of the people she met in the trade. In 1995, shortly after John Coney started The Wine Portfolio Fiona joined the company in a part-time company secretarial role. As the company grew Fiona’s role increased and she soon became full time. In 2002 she was appointed Director of Sales and Marketing and is now overseeing the entire company’s portfolio.
Paul Dawick — Winemaker and Operations Manager
Raised in the Hawke’s Bay since the age of 4, Paul has been working in the wine industry from a teenager in the vineyards through to winemaking. With seven years working full time at the Mission Winery, in both the vineyards and the winery his passion for winemaking grew.
With greater opportunities arising, Paul moved to the Bay of Plenty to work at Mills Reef Winery. It was here he started his Winemaking degree, via correspondence, through Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia. While starting a family and working full time he graduated in 2006. After 25 years at Mills Reef Winery, working his way up to senior winemaker, Paul has now joined the successful Wine Portfolio team as Operations Manager. As well as continuing on the Mill Reef legacy.
Luke Miller — Winemaker
After obtaining a bachelor degree in Science at Waikato University followed by a post-graduate degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, Luke set out to explore the world of wine. Harvests in Australia, Canada and France, followed by three years at Cloudy Bay in Blenheim, gave him a broad understanding of what it takes to make great wine.
An opportunity to return home to the Bay of Plenty was too good to turn down. Now 8 years at Leveret Estate, based in Katikati but living on the beaches of Mount Maunganui, Luke loves the lifestyle his location affords him. A big fan of Chardonnay and Syrah he loves working with the high quality wines of Leveret Estate, and is excited to show them to the local community.
Pete Scott — Senior Vineyard Manager
Hawke’s Bay born and bred, Pete has been with The Wine Portfolio for over 15 years. He began as a Vineyard Operator in 1998, before completing his studies at the Eastern Institute of Technology and taking on his first Vineyard Managers position in 2001.
After taking two years off to travel and taste the wines of the world, Pete returned in 2006, picking up where he left off. His role has expanded to cover the management of seven of The Wine Portfolio’s vineyards located in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.
Pete thrives on the challenge of consistently working to improve on previous vintages and has often been heard stating that “if you manage vineyards for 30 years, you only have 30 chances to get it right”. It’s this attitude that keeps him so passionate about the wine industry.
When he’s not off on adventures with his wife and two young children, his spare time is spent enjoying New Zealand’s finest Chardonnay, jet-boating the Ngaruroro River and chasing marlin up and down the East Coast.