Passion, expertise, commitment and fun have brought together a team that will realise the vision of Kina Beach Vineyard. They share their dedication to quality, sustainability and long term partnerships with customers, suppliers and the community.
Achim Bauer, Director & Co-Owner
Achim’s main focus is vineyard operations, sales, marketing and finance.
Achim brings a wealth of management, business and financial experience to the venture built up during 30 years of working for large global organisations, as well as building business as an entrepreneur.
In 2007, Achim took an experienced professionals’ course in Winemaking and Viticulture at EIT. He gained experience in the wine industry working in the vineyard and winery operations of the renowned Clearview Estate in Hawkes Bay.
Achim wants to build on the Kina Beach Vineyard heritage and continue exploring the potential of the estate in a way that enhances its uniqueness and the beauties of Kina Peninsula in a sustainable way.
Alex Wall, Sales & Marketing Manager
Alex has overall responsibility for domestic sales as well as marketing strategies.
He brings marketing skills and expertise to Kina Beach Vineyard from a range of corporate disciplines built up over the last 25 years. Alex is passionate about customer service and in creating high level of customer satisfaction. Success for him is a team effort across the entire vineyard operation that is ultimately measured and reflected by our customers. In their faces, in their smiles, and by how happy they are with our wines.
Alex has worked across Martinborough’s wine industry in a variety of roles from wine production and the distribution of wine-making machinery through to wine sales and account management. Until joining forces with us, he was selling wine and promoting nearly every wine producer in the Wairarapa region.
His affection for the Wairarapa region changed when he got introduced to Kina Beach Vineyard and its wines. He liked our wines, our site, our region and the Kina Beach Vineyard Team so much that he wanted to come and help us share them with others.
Karin Schoch, Director & Co-Owner
Karin is the main driver of the venture, focusing on winemaking, our people, our partners and administration.
Karin brings a broad range of international and business experience to the venture. Karin has over 20 years of practice working in various capacities for small and large international organisations around the world and has benefited from working in diverse professional and cultural environments. In addition, she holds a Certificate in Grapegrowing and Winemaking from Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawkes Bay.
Karin wants to augment the growing reputation of New Zealand wines by making Kina Beach wines available in Europe. She looks forward to surprising the European vinophile with excellent Nelson Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Lou Kelly & Johnny Malcolm, Hosts on Site
Lou and her husband Johnny act as hosts on site and receive all guests who have arranged to visit Kina Beach Vineyard for a wine tasting or a stay in our cottage accommodation. Lou also supports domestic sales and marketing and ensures that Kina Beach wines can be enjoyed with beautiful food at a selection of high-end restaurants in Nelson and beyond.
Originally from Auckland, Lou and Johnny have fallen in love with Kina Peninsula and particularly Kina Beach Vineyard many years ago. They are not only very knowledgeable about the operation, its history and the area, they have also given tender love and care to many of the vines that today produce the wonderful Kina Beach wines. A tasting with Lou is a unique experience and not to be missed.
Roger Edwards, Vineyard Manager
Great wine always starts in the vineyard. Roger is the eyes, ears and hands, but most importantly the soul of the business. He has full responsibility for the vineyard operation and associated tasks, while ensuring that all sustainability and quality standards that Kina Beach Vineyard has subscribed to as a SWNZ certified operation are met and exceeded.
Roger can look back onto 15 years of practice in high-quality vineyard and winery operations in the region. He is committed to ensuring the continuous production of premium grapes using the resources available to him in a responsible manner.
Roger is a perfectionist who runs a tight winegrowing ship. He lives in the beautiful seaside community of Mapua.