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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 exisiting 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 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.

The Crew / Cellar Door

James Turpie

James is excited to be joining the Wet Jacket team. He has a passion for wine and learning about Central Otago, as well as the history of some of the origins of New Zealand - all of which he loves to share while taking you through the Wet Jacket range.

When James isn't at Wet Jacket you can find him snowboarding, exploring the region and trying new cheese combination for his infamous Mac and Cheese recipe.

Natacha Hoarau

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

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, cutting shapes at Winnie's or spending time with his mates at the Lake over a few quite ones.


The Crew / Cheese Room

Kate O'Donnell

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, partner Dan and dog Muddy and catching up with friends over a glass or two of wine.

Sophie Arts

Sophie just loves travelling the world and trying out new wine and cheese is a big part. After a year of travelling, she found her second home with the Wet Jacket family and fell in love with their wines and  Whitestone cheeses.

This summer being a floater would get her all the knowledge to answer all your questions and tell the Wet Jacket story.


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 puppy, 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.