Jane Hunter Inducted as Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers

The award recognises the service and dedication of industry members who have made an outstanding contribution to the field. Jane was inducted as a Fellow alongside industry icons Mark Nobilo and Ivan Sutherland at the New Zealand Wine Awards early in November. It was an honour to be recognised with the accolade, Jane says. “The New Zealand wine industry is a stellar performer, and a fine example to other industries. To be a part of Marlborough wine’s success story is a rewarding journey and a great privilege.”

Jane acknowledged the work of her late husband Ernie Hunter for having the foresight to plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough and export the wine to the world; the team at Hunter’s and her family who have provided immense support.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be involved in the development of the New Zealand wine industry,” she says. “Arriving in Marlborough in 1983, being confronted with 30 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, and then party to Sauvignon Blanc’s initial foray on the world stage changed everything. It has been an incredible journey, and proof that life is indeed what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

Jane now views Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as the benchmark Sauvignon Blanc internationally, and says the future looks bright for New Zealand wine.

“The way forward is exciting and challenging. It’s encouraging to see so many young people like my nephews taking up the baton, and so many young women entering the industry and succeeding,” she says.