|Long time foodies and passionate about wine, the Hendrys are deeply immersed in the cuisine, hospitality and wine trade. Andrew is the winery's Managing Director, handling day to day operational management and international markets. A frequent traveller and bon vivant, he's well connected and very familiar with the wine scene in many countries. He has served the New Zealand wine industry at Board level and is the recipient of many business and wine awards. Andrew's well known for his warmth, good humour and creative flair - essential traits for a long-time wine entrepreneur.|
|Not only highly experienced and talented as a winemaker, Simon's a sought after wine judge, educator and speaker. He's been winemaker at Coopers Creek Vineyard Ltd since 1998. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University and has worked harvests in Oregon, Bordeaux and Burgundy. Simon judges in a number of wine competitions both in New Zealand and Australia. Apart from wine, his interests include food, art, architecture, history, music and most especially, road cycling.
|Wayne has been 13 years in the role as Coopers Creek’s viticulturist, responsible for running all our vineyards and dealing with our grape grower partners. He works closely with Simon on setting winemaking styles prior to planning viticultural methodology and harvest decision making. In addition, Wayne’s on the panel for blending decisions and has an excellent palate, honed by his early career experience in the wine trade and hospitality sectors.
He tends the Home Vineyard personally, so when he’s not in the regions you’ll find him out on the tractor keeping his vines in good order.
|"Wine has played an important part in my life for a long time, going right back to my childhood and those flagons of “rough red” purchased from the local winery to accompany summer barbeques. I have been working at Coopers for more than 20 years now, though many would question whether dealing with great wines and the people who enjoy them, in such lovely surroundings, qualifies as work. Apart from wine, other great interests are acting and science fiction. If anyone comes across an inebriated alien quoting Hamlet, please let me know!"|
|Exceptionally well travelled, Richard's closest companions are his suitcase and passport, along with a well packed case of wine. His experience in the hospitality trade has been strong grounding for managing and supporting Coopers Creek's importers and distributors. Like Andrew, his uncle, Richard's a keen foodie and regularly presents at tastings, restaurants and shows.|