About Sam RoseWairau River winemaker Sam’s early memories are of working alongside his siblings and parents, not only among the grapes, but also in the cherry and apple orchards. As a youngster Sam had three loves: food, wine appreciation and the great outdoors.
He didn’t face any pressure from his parents to get into the wine industry. “I just love it for what it is,” he says. When he graduated from Lincoln University in 2002, he returned to Marlborough and a new, state-of-the-art Wairau River winery. As for the future, Sam expects never to stop learning no matter how long he’s at the helm at Wairau River.