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.
Jaime Horne - Sales & Operations Manager
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 - starting with Wet Jacket in June 2019, Jaime cut her teeth at the coal face as a WJ Host and worked her way up to being one of the pivotal cog's in the WJ operation!
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.