Owner / Managing Director
John can turn his hand to most things. Raised in Southland and, after working in the coal mines and a stint shearing sheep, he shifted North to Marlborough and was an early pioneer in growing and exporting green lip mussels. A childhood dream was realised when John purchased several waterside properties in Spring Creek, Dillon’s Point and Rapaura, ideal for growing apples. The family grew apples and operated the largest apple pack house and export operation in the region. After apples, the Neylon family converted the orchards into vineyards and built a state of the art winery. The Rapaura property became the family home, bordering a beautiful natural Spring which served as the inspiration for Rapaura Springs.These days you’ll usually find John working on the land, in a digger or driving his big yellow dump truck. John likes to tell everybody he got ‘kicked out of the office’ a few years back but we know he loves being outside and doesn’t want to drive a computer for a living!
Owner / Marketing Director
Brendan grew up in Marlborough, enjoying the long hot summers and the freedom to roam the wide open spaces. Brendan is a former world class cyclist, representing New Zealand at the Junior World Champs a few years back and lived and raced in the USA where he developed a taste for wine in the early 90’s. Brendan was involved in the family mussel and apple businesses and was instrumental in the transition to the wine industry. Father to three young girls, he loves kayaking (ask him about how he kayaked the Cook Strait one day) and mountain biking.He’ll reach for a classic New Zealand Pinot Noir, a ristretto or a decent chocolate brownie, not necessarily in that order (or together!)
Owner / Finance Director
General Manager of Viticulture and Winemaking
Sales & Marketing Manager
Mark’s introduction to wine started while working in Australia in the mid 90’s, enjoying the odd Coonawarra Red. At the time, his family was establishing a wine business in Marlborough, being one of the first to plant grapes in the Awatere Valley. When called upon to help the family business, he returned from living in the USA and was thrown into harvest duties in 2005. After initially demolishing a vineyard trellis with a tractor, he got the hang of wine growing and learnt the ropes from the ground up. Following the sale of the family wine business, he worked for a couple of well-known Marlborough brands before jumping at the chance to work for Rapaura Springs.In his spare time he enjoys the outdoor lifestyle Marlborough offers, tinkering with his (un-reliable) 40 year old Landy and spending time with his Texan wife, 3 school aged daughters and a mad English bulldog. Mark enjoys a Pilsner (plenty of hops) and will opt for a Chardonnay or a Riesling given the chance.
Originally from Australia, Michael developed his passion for wine at a young age whilst growing up in the family retail liquor business. This gave him the opportunity to taste some top shelf wines and meet some influential winemakers at an early age. After high school the studied winemaking and worked stints in both Australia and France. He came to New Zealand for a Kiwi vintage in 2006 and met his (now) wife Hayley with whom he has three children. Passionate about wine, Marlborough and developing varieties and styles in the region, Michael has embraced Marlborough and it’s laid back nature, hospitality and the opportunity to make first class wines in one of the best regions in the world.Michael is a wine judge with experience at all the major New Zealand wine competitions