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Wet Jacket Crew

Greg Hay - Captain / Vigneron

Greg first came to Central Otago in 1987 and was responsible for starting one of the first wineries in the region - Chard Farm, with his brother Rob Hay.

After spending nearly a decade in the family business, Greg sought a new challenge, and in 1998 was instrumental in the development of the Peregrine brand and growth up until 2015.
Greg's passion for Central Otago and the desire to create a more boutique, personalised style wine business, coupled with his love of Fiordland, have inspired him to now venture into his own realm and start Wet Jacket wines. 

With decades of experience, his vision for Wet Jacket and the Woolshed is to step out from the norm and make the Woolshed the home of Wet Jacket Wines. Greg wants people to travel to the Woolshed for a unique multi-layered experience that starts with history and culminates in new world wines. 
This philosophy of keeping the brand small and personal leads to Wet Jacket wines being available predominantly through the Woolshed Cellar Door and only a few restaurants throughout New Zealand.


Alison Vidoni - First Mate / General Manager

Alison moved to New Zealand in 2012 and immediately fell in love with Central Otago, the place, the people and of course the wine!
After 4 years of successfully developing new, and growing existing wine markets across Australia and New Zealand for local producer Peregrine Wines, she was drawn to the Wet Jacket venture.
The ability to bring to life Greg Hay's incredible vision for a new winery in the Central Otago region, and the opportunity to build unique concept reverencing the history of farming in Central Otago while celebrating the modern wine industry of today, was a perfect match.

When Alison isn't passionately introducing Wet Jacket to the world you can find her enjoying a glass of wine with friends, hosting dinner parties and brewery days with her husband at home in Arrowtown, or simply being out enjoying all the incredible places and activities that Central Otago and New Zealand have to offer.

Kate O'Donnell - The Crew / Cheese Room Manager

Having returned to New Zealand in 2012 after 10 years living overseas, Kate has settled in Arrowtown and became part of the Wet Jacket team in April 2017. With a background in all areas of the fashion industry but a passion for wine and cheese, this has been an easy transition to make! Having been a part of the cheese room since opening, Kate will happily tell you all there is to know about Whitestone cheeses.

When Kate is not in the cheese room she can be found spending time with her family and catching up with friends over a glass or two of wine.


Natacha Hoarau - The Crew / Providores Sommelier

Originally from France, Natacha has had wine and cheese running through her veins from a very young age and it was quite natural that she was attracted to the Wet Jacket Woolshed. After completing her Masters and working in an office for two years she decided to quit everything to travel the world. However, her trip quickly stopped in 2012 when she landed in New Zealand and fell in love with the country and met her partner Gus.

When Natacha is not pouring wine at the Wet Jacket Cellar Door she can be found hiking over the stunning mountains of Central Otago or sharing some nice wine and homemade dinners with friends.

John Rassie - The Crew

John, born and bred in New Zealand, has just finished his Diploma in hospitality management at Queenstown Resort College. After spending the last two years working in hotels and studying wine, he decided that it was time for a new challenge and to start working within the wine industry. After meeting with Greg and Ali, he knew that Wet Jacket would be an amazing place to start growing his career.

When John isn't at Wet Jacket you will find him shredding up the local ski fields, enjoying a night out in Queenstown or spending time with his mates at the Lake.

Jamie Richards - The Crew

A local lass originally, returning to the area after 22 years with the last 15 spent in London. Jamie was drawn to Wet Jacket during the Summer Sessions and is now increasing her wine and cheese knowledge through the Cellar Door and Cheese Room. The Woolshed being something of a draw card after spending her youth in them as her parents were in the shearing industry. Heading off to study Fashion Design in Wellington then extend her career in London recently returning home enjoy New Zealand's offerings. Jamie's love of learning and wine has bought her into the industry alongside running her wedding dress label, Margaret Wray.

Outside of Wet Jacket you can find Jamie behind a sewing machine, ogling fabrics and enjoying a refreshed NZ lifestyle with her family and friends, oh and of course drinking wine!

Jaime Horne - The Crew

Jaime migrated to Central Otago in October 2017 after finishing school and taking a year off to work in a summer camp in Michigan as part of camp America. Since being in Queenstown, Jaime has completed her diploma in hospitality management at QRC and through this experience has made life long friends and found a love for Central Otago and made it her home. Jaime has worked in hospitality around NZ from cafes to hotels but had ultimately decided that wine is where her passion is.

When Jaime is not at Wet Jacket you will find her enjoying what Queenstown has to offer from the multitude of beautiful walking tracks to the lakes and enjoying a glass or two with her friends.

Dusky - Mascot / Winery Dog

Dusky is never happier than when he is greeting all our guests as they come aboard the Wet Jacket wine experience. While he is only still a young dog, Dusky knows what's required and how to keep everyone involved.
His wonderful manner means he can keep your children entertained whilst you relax and enjoy a Wet Jacket wine tasting.