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Planning, Production & Problem Solving

Viticultural & Wine Production Consulting

Meet Mike

Providing an independent and tailored approach to:

  • Private growers

  • Vineyard owners

  • Grape and wine focused businesses

  • Wine companies and corporates

Having recently stepped back from the Chief Operating Officer role at Yealands Wine Group, Mike brings over 30 years of New Zealand and international viticultural and wine industry experience and understanding to GrapeSense NZ.

Primarily involved in vineyards and viticulture, Mike’s previous roles as National Viticulture Manager (Pernod Ricard NZ), Vice President - Vineyard Operations & Grower Relations (Beam Wine Estates & Allied Domecq Wines USA, California) and Technical Manager for Helan Mountain Wines (China), along with technical support roles for Seagrams Nine Hills / Indiosa Wines (India) have given him a global perspective and insight into growing great grapes for wines at all price points. His recent roles in China and further with Yealands in Marlborough saw him continue to develop his knowledge and experience across winemaking and winery management.

Mike’s unique career has seen him involved in nearly every area of Viticulture and wine production, from site assessment, acquisition, development, staffing and operational management, wine business strategic planning & supply and operational planning to vineyard and wine business divestment.


What I Specialise In

  • Property reports and advice for vineyard acquisitions

  • Site assessment and development / redevelopment plans

  • Sustainability and environmental plans and advice

  • Vineyard Development Project Management​

  • ​Vineyard Management advisory and consulting

    • Operational planning from pruning through to post-harvest, understanding winemaking objectives and optimising quality through a whole-of-season approach

    • Pest, Disease and nutritional advice

    • Staff mentoring and coaching​

  • Grape supply contract advice and support

  • Harvest management and support

  • Vineyard performance reporting for investors & stakeholders

  • Financial support - budgeting and budget review for both vineyard operational and development expenditure

  • Supply and operational planning - matching grape supply to winery / sales requirements

Wine Barrels

Mike's unique career has seen him involved in nearly every area of viticulture and wine production

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