About our brand... The Winemaker's Wife

The Winemaker's Wife wines are the creation of husband and wife team
Simon McGeorge
(winemaker) and Olive Hill (the wife!);
co-owners and founders of the
McGeorge Wine Company Ltd.

The Winemaker's Wife brand celebrates partnership. Simon's tribute to Olive is noted on the label...

The Winemaker’s Wife is produced in honour of the woman behind the wine.
She is a constant source of inspiration, diversion and support.

This wine celebrates our partnership and is a tribute

to all that can be achieved by two people working together.

Simon & Olive launched The Winemaker's Wife label in October 2015 with a Waipara Riesling & Banks Peninsula Pinot Gris. They were overjoyed when both wines won GOLD at the 2016 Canterbury Wine Awards, and the Pinot Gris won the 'Matching Canterbury Wine with Food' TROPHY.

In the second vintage they added a Rose which won SILVER at the 2017 Catnerbury Wine Awards. This year they have introduced a Waipara Pinot Noir.

About Simon:
Simon studied wine making at Lincoln University.
During his career he has made wine in Australia, France, Slovenia, America and in the 3 main wine regions of New Zealand. 

Simon has spent the last 18 years creating wines for major international brands and local boutique labels. Simon is most well known for his work as the winemaker for Waipara Hills winery. He is now a multi award winning winemaker.

Simon's passion for wine making and his love of the challenges it brings, drive him to constantly explore new methods and techniques to create phenomenal wines.
He is now using that knowledge to create the very best wines for The Winemaker's Wife range.

About Olive:
Olive was born in Christchurch and grew up on a sheep and beef farm at Greenpark. She has a degree in Japanese, is a qualified Make-Up Artist and spent the early part of her professional career working for DFS Galleria Duty Free as a Retail Sales Training Manager and HR Assistant.

Since 2005 Olive has worked with her sister Ngaio Bell designing and retailing their own exclusive occasion-wear label Smith & Boston. Their garments have been worn to weddings, special events and ceremonies throughout New Zealand and the world. Olive's love of fun, fashion and a challenge, led her to the initial idea for The Winemaker's Wife wine label. Simon thought it was catchy and the rest is history! 

Simon and Olive hope you like the wines as much as they do.
Cheers and please drink responsibly!

Olive, Simon and their son.
Perhaps a future winemaker?