Introducing the artisans behind Crown Range Cellar

Grant Taylor

The only winemaker in the world to win three times world’s best Pinot Noir Trophy at the London IWSC. 

Grant is our self-proclaimed ‘NZ Bush Kiwi.’ After graduating from Lincoln University he spent time travelling the world and practised his winemaking in Burgundy France, for Domaine Dujac, Napa Valley for Domaine Napa and in Oregon for Pine Ridge Winery. 

Grant is a ‘flying winemaker’ producing 30 vintages in the northern hemisphere and an equal number in the southern. In 1993, Grant was lured back to New Zealand by the promise of plentiful trout, clean air and the potential he saw for Otago Pinot Noir. His return home saw him become a pioneer winemaker for Gibbston Valley Wines. 

We feel privileged to be led by a true legend in New Zealand winemaking history. 

Beth Eggers

A trophy winner at the 2006 Vinalies Internationales Wine Show in Paris - Noble Chardonnay.

Beth is a Nelson winemaker who has deep roots in the unforgiving clay of the Moutere Hills. This strong, independent ‘Chardonnay Queen’ also cares for an apple orchard and possesses a great love of nature and the creatures within it, especially the humble New Zealand sheep, which she uses for weed control.

Beth has dedicated a hands-on approach to her trade. The vineyard was planted in 1991 and was chosen for its north-west facing and somewhat barren clay hilltop. The land was gently terraced to capture the all-day Nelson sun and maximize ventilation.

Beth has captured the essence of our Crown Range Cellar philosophy, the importance of the land. The ever present goal to let the land speak and characterise our produce, to then be shared and enjoyed by everyone.

Peter Ward

Three generations of beekeepers since 1930 in the Hawea Flats and the family behind the finest creamed honey.

Peter is our master beekeeper, our knowledge base for the industry and our creator of high quality, distinctive honey blends that highlight the environment from which they were sourced.

Starting in the 1930’s in Otago’s high country the Ward family expanded development into the Highland Valleys and then to the final frontier of New Zealand beekeeping, South Westland. In the early 1990’s the Wards decided to give focus to honey varieties produced from different flowers.

Peter has been fascinated by bees since he was at school and strives to produce truly unique products including blended honeys and a fruit juice fusion that has huge appeal in the health-conscious European market.

Having Peter as part of our team was at first an idea we thought might be viewed as ludicrous. Why would a honey producer be interested in working with winemakers? The answer, as with all of our ‘artisans’, was the shared hunger to experiment and move outside the confines of normality.

We were inspired by our Dolce Vita dessert wine, the strong Manuka notes and scents. Peter continues to interpret that inspiration into his unique produce.