Our People

Vaughan Mabee
Vaughan Mabee
Executive Chef

Vaughan’s love of cooking was inherited through his mother, who trained him to bake before he could even see over the counter. After beginning his career in some of Auckland’s top restaurants, Vaughan spent a decade building his experience at some of the best restaurants in the world.

Vaughan is passionate about sourcing quality New Zealand produce. In the kitchen, his elegant dishes complement the variety of Amisfield wines, and he loves nothing more than the excitement each lunch or dinner service brings.

Out of the kitchen, Vaughan spends time with his family, or can be found hunting, fishing, and foraging for native New Zealand foods.

André Lategan
André Lategan
Vineyard Manager

Born on a wine farm in South Africa’s Western Cape , wine farming is in André’s blood. André moved to New Zealand’s South Island in search of a new life with his family, and he found just that at Amisfield. Since then André has watched his daughter grow up between the vines that he's helped plant, grow and take care of.

André has now spent over a decade growing grapes at Amisfield and finds great reward at the end of a season – knowing what a challenge each vintage was to grow through the exquisitely stark and contrasting conditions the region offers.

Adopting Central Otago and the Amisfield vineyard as his family’s home, André spends his time enjoying visits to his family’s crib on the Dunedin coast.

Olivia Herbert
Olivia Herbert
Sales Manager

Olivia’s love for travel landed her in the hospitality industry. Through her 20s, Olivia worked in fine dining restaurants from Perth, to London, the USA, and Europe and everywhere in between. After moving back to New Zealand she took up a part time job at Amisfield’s Cellar Door for a season of skiing. 15 years later and Olivia has worked her way through five official job titles and has definitely found her niche doing something she loves.

When she’s not working, Olivia is found walking around the beautiful lakes of Queenstown, chatting the night away with friends and family and always looking for opportunities to travel.

Catriona Beeton
Catriona Beeton
Front of House Manager

Calling Cape Town home, Catriona (Cat to everyone except her Scottish family) grew up in hospitality- working at a restaurant her parents managed. She moved to the UK in her teens, it opened up Europe including adventures to all corners of France where her passion for wine and fine dining grew. She came to Queenstown for no more than 3 months, and somehow more than three years have passed.

Impossible to take Catriona out of hospitality but even more so to take hospitality out of her, she has developed not only a talent for great service and leadership but a truly genuine passion for it. In three years, Catriona has gone from strength to strength and moved through the ranks to Front of House Manager where she inspires and leads her tight-knit team.

When not greeting guests, Arrowtown in autumn is Catriona’s happy place. She spends her days hiking and camping with friends (and always has a coin on hand to toss for who carries the wine).

Viggi Delport
Viggi Delport
Wine Club & Direct Sales Manager

Viggi has a classic Queenstown story- hailing from South Africa she did PR and Media studies and set off on her worldwide adventures. Using hospitality as her passport, Viggi worked in hotels and restaurants in the UK, Australia and Cayman Islands before coming to Queenstown and “filling in a shift or two” at the Amisfield Cellar Door. She has now been in Queenstown for 10 years and lives with her husband and fur family.

Viggi has a passion for Customer Service and is dedicated to giving the best customer experience to all our Wine Club and Online guests.

When not on the end of her headset, you can find Viggi walking her dog and catching up with friends over a wine or three.

Lauren Goff
Lauren Goff
Cellar Door Manager

Somewhat of an intrepid traveller, Lauren arrived in Central Otago all thanks to a sale on airfares and has been with Amisfield ever since (not including a sabbatical to the UK).

Hailing from a prominent wine region in Australia, Lauren has been involved in wine since her first part-time job at the Brown Brothers Cellar Door in Milawa, Victoria. Only when she landed in Queenstown did she understand the locals’ obsession for Pinot Noir. Lauren takes great pride in educating people on all things Amisfield and (now) her favourite tipple Pinot Noir.

Away from the cellar door, Lauren can be found with friends who are more like family, soaking up the sunshine on a bluebird day up the mountain.

Sophie Laycock
Sophie Laycock
Events Manager

A classic love story is the start of Sophie’s Queenstown adventure- following her Kiwi boyfriend home. While she still visits her hometown of Cowra in Australia regularly, Sophie has been here four and a half years and is hooked on the Turkish eggs from Chop Shop and the crystal-clear lakes and snow-covered mountains.

Having studied PR and Event Management at university, there aren’t many people lucky enough to end up in their chosen career field; and is there a more stunning place to organise events? Sophie thrives seeing an event coming together after months of scrupulous planning. She enjoys collaborating with people and businesses that share the same vision as Amisfield to create long-lasting relationships.

When not questioning a table plan, Sophie fills her days outside of work planning overseas trips- Bali is next, visiting family in Australia and like many, whittles away weekends with her dog Abby on trails around Queenstown.

Ben Leen
Ben Leen
Assistant Winemaker

Ben is a born and bred Wellingtonian. He started as cellar hand at Amisfield shortly after arriving in Central Otago in 2014.

Ben’s fascination with grapes began in the Beaujolais region of France in 2009 where he worked with a small family-run Domaine. He returned to NZ with a new love for grapes and wine. He hit the books and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Winemaking and Viticulture at Lincoln University, Canterbury. He loves working with Pinot Noir and has a soft spot for Riesling. He loves the buzz and dynamism of harvest but the most rewarding part is sharing Amisfield wines with family and friends.

Ben lives in Wanaka with his wife Lucy, son Louie, daughter Zoe and furry pup Freddie. He loves the beauty of Central Otago, splashing in the lake in Summer and hitting the slopes in Winter.

Craig Erasmus
Craig Erasmus
CEO

Before joining Amisfield in June 2012, Craig spent several years working in some of Marlborough’s best known wineries, filling roles ranging from Cellar Hand through to Chief Operating Officer.

Originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Craig’s OE saw him spending six years in London in a variety of corporate development roles. It was during his travels abroad to wine regions in Europe and North & South America that his passion for wine, and in particular cool-climate wine regions, was kindled and in 2004 Craig completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University.

Away from Amisfield, Craig spends his time with his family, or outdoors hiking, snowboarding or fishing around Central Otago.

Gill Pringle
Gill Pringle
Financial Manager

Originating from Scotland and educated in England, Gill came to New Zealand after taking a gap year once she’d finished school, and was swept up by everything the country had to offer. After realising that she was well and truly a Kiwi at heart, Gill moved to the South Island and found herself at Amisfield a few years later.

Gill’s love of wine began through her travels around Australia, New Zealand and South America. Gill holds a special place in her heart for the 2013 Pinot Noir after working on the weekends for that vintage at the winery.

Outside of Amisfield, Gill spends her time around the hills, mountains and trails of Queenstown and of course, experiencing the local food and wine of the region with friends.