Shane Speakman

 

After 10 years in hospitality and alcohol sales, Shane says he had “an early midlife crisis” and returned to Lincoln University to study viticulture and winemaking. At first his focus was a winemaking career, but after a summer holiday on a vineyard development his attention turned to viticulture. Now with over 10 vintages under his belt, Shane loves the challenges that nature throws at him every year, especially during the vintage period. The interaction with our grower base and building sustainable relationships is something he really enjoys. When not at work Shane likes spending time with his children and on the squash court.

Shane Speakman

Sarah Phillips

 

Sarah joined Montana Wines in 1997 as a field officer for the Gisborne region after completing a post graduate diploma in Viticulture & Oenology at Lincoln University. Her role involved providing technical services to the growers based in Gisborne. Sarah has seen the company ownership change many times over the years, with the last being Indevin’s purchase in 2010.

In her new role as group viticulture manager, Sarah is excited about being part of a national team and looks forward to learning more about Sauvignon Blanc. A born and bred Canterbury girl who still considers Christchurch to be her home, Sarah has a busy lifestyle and loves watching her kids develop in their sports and school activities.

Sarah Phillips