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, personalized 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 / Gourmet Deli 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! Kate will happily tell you all there is to know about our incredible Gourmet Deli products.
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.
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.
Daniel Kral - Summer Sessions Manager
Daniel hails from Nelson. He made the move to Queenstown in 2015 after spending 5 years overseas in British Columbia and the French Alps where he managed several unique and exciting hospitality venues and luxury ski chalets. Developing a strong passion for the mountains it was only right to continue his hospitality career here in the beautiful Wakatipu when the decision was made to venture back to his homeland.
Daniel joined the Wet Jacket crew in 2019 and was not only drawn in by how good the wines tasted but the uniqueness of the brand and the stories behind the venture. He often draws parallels between Greg’s passion for wine, outdoors and conservation and his own. He enjoys being part of such a small but great tight-knit team.
If Daniel isn’t hosting you in the cellar door or during the Wet Jacket Summer Sessions he’ll likely be out on his skis, snowboard or mountain bike, keeping fit at the gym and contemplating which mountain to climb next.
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!
Rita Kroemer - The Crew
Rita, originally from Germany, visited New Zealand about 30 years ago and instantly fell in love with the country. After working in Queenstown for a number of years, including being the owner of her very own cafe/roastery, she decided to return to Germany for a few years with her two sons.
But "home is where the heart is" as they say, and she took the decision to follow her heart by sharing her time between Germany and New Zealand, chasing Summer.
You will find Rita mainly in the Cheese Room, telling you all about our delicious products. When she is not at Wet Jacket, Rita likes to enjoy the beautiful nature of Central Otago, gardening, or spending time with her friends in a local pub listening to some good live music.
John Rassie - Ex-Crew Now Faultline Brewery
John, born and bred in New Zealand, spent two years working at Wet Jacket, becoming an integral part of the team. But with his passion lying in brewing he recently departed Wet Jacket to start his own brewery. Faultline Brewery is now providing the delicious beer that we serve at Summer Sessions - Cheers John!
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.