Robert MacCulloch MW

Robert MacCulloch MW

Date an MW: 2014
Based in: New Zealand

Biography

Rob MacCulloch MW's first true encounter with wine was when he joined Oddbins in 1995 and encountered the heady highs and lows of all that an apprenticeship in Oddbins entailed. Thereafter he worked for Montana Wines in New Zealand, then in the UK for Hatch Mansfield, Bibendum Wines, and for Burgundy and Beaujolais specialists Domaine Direct. In 2015, he made a career change, leaving wine sales and entering wine production. He gained practical production experience around the world through working for four different wine producers in four harvest positions in 2015/16 - in the Mosel, in South Africa's Olifants River, in Hawke's Bay and in Napa Valley. This practical experience ranged from working for a traditional family-run small estate, to a bulk wine co-operative, to a large custom crush facility, to a winery making ultra-premium wines. Rob then completed the Graduate Diploma in Viticulture & Oenology, with its focus on cool climate viticulture, at Lincoln University in New Zealand in 2017. He now works as one of the assistant winemakers at the custom crush winery in Hawke’s Bay where he had previously been a harvest intern.