Matt Stafford

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Since graduating from Lincoln University in 2003 with a BSc (Soil Science) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology, Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford has worked closely with grapes sourced from the famed Gimblett Gravels. Further vintage experience was gained in Marlborough, Australia and California before joining Craggy Range in 2006.  

In 2007 Matt was the inaugural recipient of Air New Zealand’s Inspiring New Zealanders Wine Award allowing extensive travel throughout the great wine regions of France, spending time with the likes of Dominique Lafon, Philippe Guigal and Jean-Louis Chave. Following this, Matt worked with Jean-Luc Thunevin at the famous Chateau Valandraud in the heart of St Emilion and has gained valuable wine judging experience at prestigious wine shows in both New Zealand and Australia.

A former national age group hockey representative Matt now spends most of his spare time being chased by his boys Oliver and Benjamin and wife Hannah around their Havelock North home. To contact Matt write to