Gladstone Vineyard - Making premium wine, Wairarapa

Our People

Christine Kernohan - Managing Director/Chief Winemaker

Christine is chief winemaker, involved in all stages of winemaking, and manages the business. One of only three Scottish women winemakers in the world (it not being a common career aspiration where or when she grew up…!), Christine 'fell' into the wine industry after a happenstance visit to Gladstone Vineyard with David one spring weekend in 1995.

Christine previously worked in the computer industry in business analysis and project management, and was also involved in social research and agriculture industry research. She has an MBA from Massey University and farming experience from involvement in a goat, sheep and beef farm at Hunterville. Gladstone Vineyard was the opportunity to run her own business, bring together the rural life with business, and apply her scientific bent from way back!

Away from the business, she is a passionate (and sprightly) grandmother (and mother), keen(ish) cyclist and enjoys gardening, music and reading.

Click here to see Christine speaking with Debra Meiburg MW about Gladstone Vineyard.

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David Kernohan - Director/Quality Control

David is owner/taster, architect and former Associate Professor and Dean at the School of Architecture at Wellington's Victoria University.

He operates his own research and building heritage consultancy, Architecture Diagnostics, from the vineyard and is a Deputy Environment Commissioner. He is author of five books on architecture including Wairarapa Buildings published in 2003.

David was co-author of the Hunn Report on the weather-tightness of buildings that precipitated the Building Act 2004, and is a former Director of Wellington Waterfront Limited. In 2015 he was awarded membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

David is a keen rugby supporter and past player at senior level, a novice cyclist and enjoys a spot of golf when he's playing well. He is an avid reader, a talented writer and a proud father and grandfather.

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