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NATALIE LIONS

CO-OWNER / FULL-TIME WINE GUIDE / WINE NERD

Natalie has a passion for wine that is unsurpassed. When she is not guiding wine tours she can usually be found enjoying wine events or brushing up on her general knowledge.
Natalie has worked within the New Zealand wine industry for over 15 years and has experienced most areas from wine production to hospitality.

EXPERIENCE:

Natalie has worked as a Sommelier for some of NZs best restaurants such as Molten and Bracu in Auckland, Vidal and New Zealands number 1 restaurant Pacifica in Napier.
Natalie worked for NZ’s largest family owned winery, Villa Maria as a wine steward where she trained NZ companies such as Air New Zealand in wine.
She has her WSET level 3, level 2 certification through the court of master sommelier and a New Zealand diploma of wine.


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COLE LIONS

CO-OWNER / GENERAL MANAGER / TROUBLE MAKER

Cole is usually behind the scenes, though every now and then he will jump in on a tour to grab some promotional photos.
Though not formally qualified in wine, Cole has worked in the wine industry throughout NZ and can usually answer most wine related questions.

EXPERIENCE:

Cole has worked as a wine broker for United Cellars in Auckland, as Tasting room manager for Te Awa and Vidal in Hawkes Bay and has worked as a Vineyard hand for Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island.