Blair Gibbs

Blair Gibbs
General Manager

Part of the company (and family) since 1998 and responsible for the brand development and company expansion to where we are today.

When not in an airport or at Spy HQ, Marlborough's outdoors are where you'll find him mostly with his wife Amanda and their three children.

Paul Bourgeois

Paul Bourgeois
Chief Winemaker

French as his name may indicate, Paul is a Kiwi with a passion for the aromatic varieties, especially Riesling, and a pedigree of excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

When he's not in the winery, Paul is also one of Marlborough's best multisport athletes with a huge amount of energy and a dedication to achieve at the highest level.

Kathy-Lee Sowman

Kathy-Lee Sowman
Winemaker

Part of the Spy Valley team since 2007, Kathy is now responsible for running the red wines during vintage and nursing all the barrels through to bottle during the year.

Travel and great vintage experiences working in Bordeaux, Oregon, Champagne and the Mosel, have moulded the skills of this rising winemaker.

Adam McCone

Adam McCone
Viticulturist

Responsible for all of the estate vineyards and part of the team since 2001, Adam knows Johnson Estate inside out.

When not in the vines Adam can be found fishing and diving the Marlborough Sounds or scoring tries on the rugby field.

Peter Rawling

Peter Rawling
Global Sales Manager

Our roving spy, agent Rawling is responsible for spreading Spy Valley wine across the globe, strengthening our business in key established markets whilst seeking out opportunities and developing our distribution across new and emerging markets.

When he's not on a plane, you'll find him relaxing on his surf, snow and more recently stand up paddling board(s).

Nicola Clark

Nicola Clark
Marketing Manager

Visit the Cellar Door and you will be greeted with a welcoming smile. The third generation to be involved in the Marlborough Wine Industry, Nicola has grown up in and around wineries and vineyards.

After spending time overseas Nicola knew it was time to come home when she started craving Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc...

Heather Donachie

Heather Donachie
Export Logistics Manager

Born and bred in Marlborough (valley girl), Heather joined the Spies in 2003 as manager of the Export Logistics and Administration section. She's the one who gets the paperwork correct for the 30+ countries that Spy Valley is exported to.

To keep her calm from this sometimes taxing task Heather spends time in the garden repairing the damage her two dogs inflict and being mum to her beautiful daughter.

Charlotte Laney

Charlotte Laney
Cellar Door Manager/Marketing Assistant

Charlotte is the newest member to the Spy HQ! After living in Marlborough for almost two years now she decided she wanted to become more involved in the wine business and marketing. She is responsible for the Cellar Door management and marketing support.

When she is not working, Charlotte loves to travel and explore the world, especially South America where she has now been twice. She also enjoys photography... oh, and a nice glass of vino to end her day.

Puka

Puka
Brand Ambassador

Our most loyal supporter.

Often found patrolling the grounds of Spy HQ.