A wandering stone, Gary migrated from the 'Great White North' (i.e. Canada) to New Zealand to study Viticulture at Lincoln University. Gary’s main idea was to steal ideas from the New Zealand wine industry and take them back to Canada, but instead he had his heart stolen. Having met his wife while harvesting grapes along the Coal Pit Road, he couldn't go back. His favourite aspect of viticulture is “the beauty and colour of the Pinot Noir grapes hanging on the vines.” As fate would have it, Gary planted the top block of the Coal Pit vineyard in 2000 prior to Rosie purchasing the vineyard, so has an in-depth knowledge and appreciation for the evolution of Coal Pit.
Rosie Dunphy - Owner
Living in Australia in the 90’s Rosie gained her interest in viticulture while completing a three year full time study in Advanced Urban Horticulture at Sydney’s Ryde School of Horticulture. Five years later, having moved to Ireland with her family and still keen to further her viticultural studies, Rosie commuted to the UK for a year to study Viticulture at Plumpton College, near Lewes, East Sussex.
In 2000, whilst still in Ireland, Rosie learnt the Coal Pit Vineyard was on the market. After realising this was a rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful vineyard on the Gibbston slopes she, her husband and their four children, returned to their native country to pursue the dream of producing world class wines.
Anika Willner - Winemaker
Anika, a Lincoln and Ohio State University graduate, was part of the Coal Pit winemaking team for the 2018 vintage and has experience from Oregon, Australia, Germany, South Africa as well as New Zealand. Her passion for Pinot Noir has led her to Central Otago and she is happy to have found a home at Coal Pit as the new winemaker.
Kate Hunter - Sales & Marketing Manager
Kate joined Coal Pit in 2015, with previous experience in the industry as a winemaker for Te Mata Estate, and in wine marketing for Cable Bay (Waiheke Island) Two Gates (Hawke’s Bay) and a London based Public Relations firm. Key accounts included the London International Wine Fair, Marks & Spencer and various wineries based in Australia, Chile, Spain, South Africa and Portugal. Kate holds a Master of Applied Science in Oenology from Lincoln University and lives in Auckland with her husband and three small children.
Amanda Fountain - Operations manager
Amanda joined Coal Pit in March 2018 and is responsible for the exports and general administration of the company. Born and bred in Central Otago with previous experience in the industry at Amisfield as the Laboratory and Compliance Manager and later moving to Hawkes Bay to work at Wineworks, leading the Laboratory and Quality Team.
Amanda currently lives in Christchurch with her husband and two young children. She has a certificate in Group Fitness Instruction and teaches Les Mills gym classes in her spare time