ESCARPMENT WINERY FOUNDER, RETIRED
After 23 years, our Prince of Pinot (as he’s often referred to) Larry McKenna retired. It was an end of era — not just for us but for the NZ wine industry. This stalwart and champion of NZ wine leaves a legacy we can all be proud of. Larry is handing the baton to our determined and invigorated team, Rowan Hoskins and Tim Bourne, who desire to continue with Larry’s vision, making the most premium Pinot Noir and taking it to the world.
We know Larry will continue to share his vast knowledge and experience with the wine community but for now we wish him a most well-deserved and happy retirement.
Rowans interest in viticulture and wine started at a young age as he grew up in and around vineyards in Martinborough, due to his father being Martinborough vineyards viticulturist at the time. After becoming an electrician in Gisborne then working in the Hawkes Bay and back to the Wairarapa, he decided to take the plunge and follow his passion in the wine industry. Nick Hoskins was starting up Vine Managers at the time, so he decided to take a job in 2006 and work in the vines. This cemented his passion for the industry and led him to complete a level 4 advanced viticulture whilst running Redbank Estate under the guidance of Nick. Rowan went on to manage Cobblestones (which is now our Pahi single vineyard), and Schubert vineyard before managing Escarpment under Vine managers. In 2015 he started to transition Escarpment vineyards to organics, we now have 25Ha certified. In 2019 rowan became fulltime vineyard manager with Escarpment looking to elevate and expand the Biogro certified vineyards.
Outside of work Rowan and his wife Brooke have 4 kid’s Ruby, Indigo, Rowan and Bodhi. Is a keen surfer and mountain bike rider loves the outdoors and sharing it with his family.
Andrea joined Escarpment in August 2017 having worked in office administration and customer service roles for 25 years.
While she is an amateur but enthusiastic ‘taster of wine’ she is looking forward to furthering her knowledge working alongside the team at Escarpment. She loves the lifestyle Martinborough offers and enjoys spending her time with her husband and family, and is an avid sports fan – in particular Football (that’s the round ball).
Andrea is your first point of contact and looks after all the day-to-day administration, sales and logistics for Escarpment Vineyard.
Born and raised in the Waikato, Hilary moved down to the Wairarapa in 2018. She spent two years working as a tractor operator at Matahiwi Estate, outside of Masterton, before joining the Escarpment team at the beginning of the 2020 - 2021 growing season. In her spare time, Hilary is outdoors exploring the country, playing squash and spending time with her vineyard dog, Asher.
Rob is currently undertaking a Graduates Diploma in Viticulture at EIT and is devoted and eager to learn as much as possible about organic, sustainable viticulture and the science behind growing the best grapes possible that reflect our unique terroir in the glass.
Following University, a rugby playing OE took Mark to South-West France where he gained an insight into the rewarding life of a vigneron. Work at a family run winery and meeting a lovely young French woman in the cellar (his wife Marine), inspired him to pursue a career in wine.
He completed studies in viticulture and winemaking through EIT in Hawkes Bay while gaining further experience in France.
During a vintage in Martinborough in 2010 he discovered both the wines and a region that he always felt he'd come back to. This was followed by two years in the Hunter Valley and several more in France.
In 2021 Mark and Marine with daughters Marla and Adele decided to make the move to Martinborough where he joined the incredible team at Escarpment.
Outside of work Mark enjoys exploring the outdoors, running, surfing and spending time with the family.
MARKETING & EXPORT ASSISTANT
Leeann assists Andrea with office administration, export sales and documentation, along with social media. She is excited to be working alongside Larry and the Escarpment team learning as much as she can about wine.
She was born in the Wairarapa, and after having two children in Australia, headed home in 2004, before adding a third. She has enjoyed watching the area grow as a destination for both visitors and Wellingtonians making the Wairarapa their home or weekend playground.