Our People

We are farmers, winemakers, chefs, and enthusiasts, combining our unique backgrounds to craft wines in this special corner of Bannockburn, Central Otago.

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Photo of Alison & Tony Cleland

Alison & Tony Cleland


Taking over as owners of Carrick Winery and Restaurant is a dream come true for Alison & Tony. For years, Carrick has been their favourite place to visit on trips through to Central Otago.

Alison and Tony's background began in dairy farming. Over the years, this has expanded to founding a management company, managing assets for others and their own. Today, FarmRight manages assets in dairy, beef, viticulture and horticulture across New Zealand and Australia.

Now living at the vineyard and playing an active role in the business, Carrick benefits greatly from Alison's creative nous and Tony's skills in governance.

E: ali@carrick.co.nz
P: Ali+64 21 380 079, Tony +64 27 220 6968

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Cliff Wickman

Head of Viticulture and General Manager

Holding the reins of the Carrick vineyards, Cliff’s vision is to build vine and soil health through organic farming to create stunning, elegant wines that speak of place. Cliff joined Carrick in mid-2018 after seeing the light and coming home from Australia’s Yarra Valley.

With a love of horticulture, Cliff found his way to viticulture by way of most other industries. Despite wanting to be involved with winegrowing by the age of 15, he took seven years in other fields before studying it. He’s now Carrick’s resident expert in everything mechanical, building, plumbing, engineering and viticulture!

E: vineyard@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 21 670 086

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Rosie Menzies


Rosie Menzies joined Carrick in late 2018. Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Rosie’s interest in wine was sparked by her charismatic 6th form chemistry teacher, who tasked students with making their own wine as a special project. Inspired to make it her career, she completed the Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University in 2007. Since graduating, Rosie has worked at some of the world’s finest producers – Craggy Range (Hawke’s Bay), Seresin (Marlborough), GD Vajra (Piemonte, Italy), Chapoutier (Rhone Valley), and Cristom (Oregon).

Her travels around the globe also developed her respect for the influence of organic principles in wine farming and production, a quality that is inherent to Carrick.

E: winery@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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Solange Felix De Souza

Restaurant Manager

Sol as she is known and loved by everyone, arrived in New Zealand as a traveller from her home country Brazil in 2006. Her love affair with New Zealand deepened when she discovered Central Otago wines, and fate brought her to Carrick Winery & Restaurant a decade ago. 

With over 10 years of experience, Sol is practically a walking encyclopaedia of Carrick Wines. She is always happy to advice which wine to have, when. Her dedication, warmth, and charisma create unforgettable dining expeeriences for our patrons. 

E: dine@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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Ashleigh Cleland

Cellar Door Manager

Growing up in a family of devoted wine collectors who cherished the joy of wine shared with friends and family, Ashleigh's fascination with wine blossomed.

In November 2021, Ashleigh embraced her family's legacy by joining Carrick. Her dedication and drive led her from the vineyard to Front of House and Marketing Assistant, eventually ascending to the role of Cellar Door Manager.

Through her journey, Ashleigh has come to appreciate that to truly understand wine, one must grasp its journey from vine to glass. In her own words, "I've cherished every step of the winemaking process. It enhances the appreciation of every sip." 

E: marketing@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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Gwen Harvie

Head Chef

Gwen has loved cooking since childhood growing up on an Otago hill country farm where the kitchen was the hub of the homestead. Her career has been shaped by travelling and cooking around the globe. A highlight was working at a Michelin star restaurant in London.

Some of Gwen’s favourite things about Carrick are being able to observe the seasonal changes in our vineyard & garden. Central Otago’s abundance of seasonal produce. The friendly team environment. Her connection to Bannockburn - her Nana’s family settled here during the gold rush. Finally, last but definitely not least, the stunning wines.

It is this attention to seasonal and local produce which compliments the wine and surroundings, which has seen her kitchen team win several awards.

E: kitchen@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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Nadine Black

Marketing Manager

Nadine discovered her love for Central Otago when she spent a working holiday backpacking through New Zealand in 2009. But all gap years must come to an end, and she found herself determined to one day live here for good. It was a long road but 5 years ago her dream came true, and she can finally call Central Otago her home. She found her piece of paradise and couldn’t be prouder being able to share it with the world.

What she loves most about Carrick is the respect for the land and the passion behind the wines. Being part of something so fundamental to Central Otago – great wine – is what gets her out of bed in the morning. “Do what you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”

E: wines@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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AJ Humphreys

Sales Manager

With slightly more experience in the wine trade than he’d like to admit, AJ joined the Carrick team in September 2022 to head up sales.

AJ moved to Central Otago in 1994 to be closer to his beloved ski fields with a side hustle of selling wine in a group of bottle stores to pay for ski passes. A move to Wanaka in 2000 and an inability to leave the wine trade led to a job with one of the country’s finest wine distributors, working closely with some of the world’s most coveted brands.

AJ joined Carrick to be part of a family owned business that had quality and integrity at its heart but, most importantly, a strong focus on having some fun doing what we do best.

E: sales@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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Justin Harman

Food and Beverage Operations Manager

Justin is a passionate food and wine industry manager with 35 years of diverse experience. His journey began in Western Victoria, where as a young enthusiast, he savored the region's culinary delights—from pan-fried abalone to freshly caught snapper, flathead, and the renowned spring lamb, all paired seamlessly with the perfect wine.

Venturing beyond the borders, Justin's path led him to New Zealand, following the allure of snow and the charm of Pinot Noir. Carrick, with its stunning location, exceptional wines, local produce, and a team of passionate individuals, proved to be the ideal canvas for Justin to apply his wealth of knowledge.

As a dedicated manager, leader, and advocate in the industry, Justin is committed to collaborating with you to create unparalleled experiences across the Carrick property. Contact Justin to plan your "Carrick Moment", snow is optional.

E: experience@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 3 445 3480

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