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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.

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.

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.

Lauren Goff
Lauren Goff
Wine Club & Direct Sales 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 winery, Lauren can be found with friends who are more like family, soaking up the sunshine on a bluebird day up the mountain.

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.