Our People

Photo of Robert BlathwaytRobert Blathwayt

Manager and Viticulturist, Robert originally heralds from Masterton and has been working with us for ten years.


Photo of Matthew McDowallMatt Harper

Vineyard Worker. Matt is a local and has been involved in all aspects of vineyard for many years.


Photo of Nick ThorntonNick Thornton

Consulting Viticulturist. Nick established the Pirinoa vineyard and was our manager until retirement in 2006.


Photo of Peter Croft
Peter Croft

Peter retired from his city role as a Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 to concentrate on the vineyard full time. As the vineyard increases its production, Peter’s main task will be in the sales and marketing area.

Peter and May have two adult children, Hannah (with husband Nick) and James (engaged to Hannah) who both currently live in London. Life can be confusing with two Hannah’s!!!


Photo of May CroftMay Croft

May is the Anglican Archdeacon of the Wairarapa and the Anglican Parish Priest of the South Wairarapa.

This leaves little time for vineyard activity. However, when time does permit May can be found amongst the Pinot Gris (hence the “Vicars Glebe”) in the Home Block.


Photo of James CroftJames Croft

James has played an important role in helping establish the stylish and distinctive branding of Croft Wines found on our bottles, boxes and brochures.

James also has his own business in property.