Our People

Our People

Who we are

Family – Nicholas, Pen, Sylvia and Arthur. Grandad Rod and Granny Stacey.

Vineyard Team – Will, Lucy, Nellie, Dujon, Dylan, Owen, Chris, Nicholas. Nao (also our winery assistant), Justine (also our cellar hand).

The Cellar Door & Restaurant

Kitchen – Olly, Dwayne, Freddy, Brooke,

Front of the house – Celia, Jake, Abbie, Carlos, Amelia, Pen

Administration, orders & accounts queen  –  Di

B & B – Jess.

A bit more information

Nicholas and Pen are married with two children, Sylvia and Arthur who have grown up at the Home and Netherwood vineyards.  Nicholas looks after our three vineyards and makes our wines with his team.  Pen manages the business and looks over the restaurant and cellar door with another great team.

Since 2007, when we first purchased the Home Vineyard from Russell Black, Pen’s parents and siblings have supported us with investing in the land here.  Pen’s father Rod, is a 5th generation horticulturalist from North Otago, (Rod’s family grew the first table grapes NZ!). Pen’s mum Stacey provides much cheer and family support along with Nicholas’ parents who help out with so much.  Jo and Cam, Pen’s siblings are energetic supporters.

Russell and Kumiko Black planted the original Black Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in 1993, at what is now called the Home Vineyard.  We purchased that property from Russell in 2007, keeping the name.  We then went on to purchase Damsteep Vineyard from the Hull family in 2012 and Netherwood Vineyard from them in 2015. Netherwood was originally established by Danny Schuster and Russell Black in 1986.

This dream is only possible with our staff.  Somehow, each person in our team has followed a path to join us here and we are very grateful.

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Our Suppliers


Our goal is to always celebrate our whenua, and what better way to do that, than to cook and create with food made and grown from our back yard.


Little Owl BD Farm.

Based in Gore Bay, an hour north of Black Estate. Micheal and Liz grow vegetables, using the organic methods of the biodynamic movement. They also provide fortnightly vegetable boxes from the farm to locals. Get in touch if you interested to get your own.

Streamside Organics

Based in Leeston, Streamside is a 50 acre certified organic farm growing produce for local restaurants, markets, supermarkets and wholesalers.

Canterbury Cheese Mongers

Canterbury Cheesemongers is a cheese maturing and cheese selling business located in Ferrymead Christchurch. They stock handmade cheese from New Zealand and abroad.

Little Goat Farm Dairy

Produced at Te Hua Farm, Andrea Gauland has been developing her cheesemaking skills through trial, error, voracious reading, and a love of all things cheese-y.

Rachel Scott

Based in Amberely, we have worked with Rachel from the very beginning. Delicious bread (and caramels) made simply. Delicious.


Based in Hawkes Bay, Ben and George farm certified and free range chickens under the apple trees of their family orchard.

Sporeshift Mushrooms NZ

Taylor and Susan run a small scale organic mushroom farm in North Canterbury supplying a variety of high quality, gourmet mushrooms to local restaurants, markets and shops.

Wairiri Buffalo Cheese

Their philosophy is to live in harmony with the land, to care and nurture it, our goal is to be a worldwide exemplar of sustainable agriculture. Totally organic, the buffalo are free grazing and winter feed is harvested from our farm.


World class pine nuts grown for over 20 years in Malborough.

Roan Milk

James and Chloe Davidson have been building their boutique milk business and small herd of Shorthorn and Jersey cows for the last three years, in the heart of Canterbury. Cows are 100% grass-fed and their pastures are free of chemical pesticides, glyphosphate and synthetic fertilisers.

Wash Creek

Just up the road from Black Estate, certified organic farmers at Washcreek grow award winning lamb, beef, and crops.

Athena Olives

Patrick, local to Waipara, tends to 3,000 olive trees producing delicious olives and oil that have been on our menu since the beginning.

Ocean Speared

Our newest fish supplier, providing individually spear caught fish from the top of the south Island. Ethical and sustainable.

Awatoru Wild Foods

Awatoru (Three Rivers) is an Artisan Fishing and Wild Food supply company, a small family business based on the Kapiti Coast, supplying the Hospitality and Restaurant trade.