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

Owners

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

Winemaker

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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Catherine Douglas

Sales & Marketing Manager

Catherine Douglas began her wine career in Central Otago in 2005 and subsequently built on that experience in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA and in the Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada. She has held roles in Marketing & Communications, Brand Management, and Export Sales at some of the world’s best New World Pinot Noir producers.

Catherine joined the Carrick team in 2021 upon her return to New Zealand and is charged with amplifying the brand both domestically and abroad. She feels fortunate to be part of the close-knit team taking this legacy Central Otago wine brand to the next level.

E: sales@carrick.co.nz
P: +64 27 262 4012

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Solange Felix De Souza

Cellar Door Manager

Sol as she is known, arrived in New Zealand from her home country Brazil early September 2006. She then decided to travel down to Central Otago to join the wine industry and has been the Cellar Door Manager with Carrick Wines and Restaurant in Central Otago for a few years now.

She feels thankful for the opportunity to be part of and living within Central Otago while supporting the wine industry and company that she has grown to love and respect so much.

Sol is the first port of call if you are after a bottle or two of Carrick. She continually raids our library and is always happy to advise you on what to have, when.

E: dine@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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