The Stonyridge Team

Owner, Chief Winemaker

Stephen White

Graduating with a Diploma in Horticulture at Lincoln, University of Canterbury, Stephen then blasted off to sea on the Round The World Yacht Race in search of the meaning of life. He found it sitting under an olive tree in Tuscany, with a glass of red wine in hand… and so Stonyridge was conceived.

…winegrowers who annually produce a painstakingly assembled Cabernet of extreme quality.”

– Robin Bradley, Australian and New Zealand Wine Vintages

General Manager

David Jackson

David brings to Stonyridge a business mandate like no other. He comes highly qualified from the land of OZ with a Diploma in Business Management and leads the fabulous team at Stonyridge in their strive for perfection.His sense of humour is all his own!

Wine Production Manager

Martin Pickering

Martin started his career at Goldwater Estate back in 1992 and has worked on vintages in Pomerol, St Emilion & the Napa Valley. He returned to Waiheke in 2004 as winemaker of Mudbrick vineyard where he produced two trophies, twenty gold medals and dozens of other awards. He now heads up the winemaking team at Stonyridge and is a great friend to us all.

Vineyard Operations Manager

Dayne Stagg

Dayne joined the Stonyridge team in 2008 with the enthusiasm to keep his hometown firmly on the global wine map. With experience in over ten vintages on Waiheke Island and a passion for organic viticulture, you are sure to find Dayne and the team working tirelessly in the vineyard to ensure greatness reaches every bottle of Stonyridge wine.

Accounts Manager

Christine Samuels

After working for several successful local Waiheke businesses over her past 12 years on the island. Chrissy joined the Stonyridge team in November 2013. While it was Stonyridge’s values and fine wine that initially won Chrissy’s heart, our fun-loving and ambitious atmosphere has happily kept her in our office ever since!

Operations & Relationships Manager

Rachel Kraft

Rachel joined Stonyridge in November 2013 after working in 5 star hotels in New Zealand and Australia. With a Degree in International Hotel Management and Hospitality, Rachel has experience in numerous parts of this industry and is here, ready to help you create an event, function or wedding that will leave you smiling with lasting memories.

Assistant Vineyard Manager

Chris Post

Originally from Germany, Chris started in the wine industry in 2009 back home.  During his first New Zealand harvest in Central Otago in 2014, he fell in love with our country, the people and the wines. With a bachelors degree in viticulture and oenology and numerous harvests around the world, Chris joined Stonyridge in June 2017 and you can find him working alongside Martin and Dayne making great wine.

Work For Us

Stonyridge is currently looking for:


If you have a passion for wine and experience in hosting customers tasting and wine tours and want to learn everything about the country’s best Bordeaux style red wines while working in a fun, relaxed setting, please contact us!


We are currently hiring front of house/cafe staff. If you have a passion for customer service in a fun, relaxed setting, contact us!
Energetic, fun loving girls and guys need apply.


We have positions available for Sous Chef and Chef de Partie in our world famous Stonyridge Kitchen. Minimum 2 years experience required in a fast paced kitchen.


Our winemaker and vineyard manager are always looking for experienced & passionate vineyard technicians to help produce one of the top Bordeaux blend in the South Hemisphere. If it sounds like you please contact us!

*Work visas essential.

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