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.

Work For Us

Stonyridge is currently looking for:


Stonyridge Vineyard is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries, located on beautiful Waiheke Island, which has been described by Lonely Planet as the 5th best destination in the “world”. 

We are a passionate and innovative business that is committed to pursuing excellence, on-going learning and giving our team the best employment experience, and our clients the best hospitality, they will ever have.

Our Business
Stonyridge Vineyard is a specialist ultra premium red wine producer and restaurant on the beautiful island of Waiheke in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand. We have consistently made one of the best red wines in the country, Stonyridge Larose, for over 25 years and our restaurant venue is famous for quality food, great service and fun times.

Our mission is to delight our guests at every encounter. This starts by treating our team like family, and fostering an environment built around gratitude, mindfulness, creativity, learning, support, reward and collaboration.

The Position
Waiheke Island is growing. Stonyridge is looking for a General Manager to guide the business and team to greater heights on the international scene by, overseeing and coordinating the production and sale of great wines and providing and amazing visitor/restaurant experience.


  • Preferably a tertiary degree with relevant experience in hotel/hospitality, event management and/or wine sales and marketing.
  • Desire and passion to achieve our vision in alignment with our values.
  • International experience in USA or Europe.
  • The ability to develop and lead a great team of happy, motivated and productive staff.
  • Sound commercial, financial and sales skills to create above average profits.
  • Charismatic, fit, disciplined, well traveled and smiles a lot.
  • As the ambassador for the property, s/he will excel at building and maintaining great relationships with our sophisticated global clients.
  • Preferably a non smoker who likes Yoga.

The General Manager will be responsible for both the strategic planning of the business and the operations of the winery and restaurant, with a key focus on demonstrating excellent leadership to our management team. The GM will be accountable for both the employee and guest experience, financial leadership including optimising profitability and revenue generation, as well as developing strong relationships with our loyal clients.

The Location
Stonyridge Vineyard is located at 36 degrees 47 S (the same latitude as Sicily and San Luis Obisbo), on Waiheke Island just one kilometre from white sand Onetangi Beach. Regular hourly ferries (half hour in summer) take just 35 minutes to arrive to/from downtown Auckland or you can choose to take a ten-minute helicopter ride, should you have one!
Waiheke, sophisticated yet still spiritual, surrounded by beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline and a climate that is warmer and dryer than most of New Zealand. It’s a paradise…a paradise that grows really great red wine!

Applicants should please email us a cover letter and resume to Applications close Friday, 20th July 2018.
The selection team will include the owner and directors.