Ollie Powrie is the Company Viticulturist for Villa Maria Estate. He heads up a team of Villa Maria Estate Regional Viticulturists, Vineyard Managers and Grower Liaison Officers scattered throughout New Zealand.
He describes his position as a dynamic role which sees him often visiting several New Zealand wine regions in a week.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Viticulture from the E.I.T. and Charles Sturt University in 2002, Ollie began his career working for Sacred Hill Wines, working in the Hawkes Bay’s Gimblett Gravels subregion.
In 2003 Ollie decided to broaden his skills and experience and accepted a position with a large negociant in the Rhône Valley, France. The role was multifaceted with responsibilities in both the winery and the vineyard.
Ollie and his wife Rebecca returned to Napier in January 2007 to start their family.