Dales’ is a story of fulfilling the dream.
Married with four children, Dale is a local lad who grew up amongst the orchards of Hope. After completing his education he followed his mother’s advice to “get a nice safe job at a bank.” Dale joined the Post Office and at one stage was Valleys supervisor!
But the call of the outdoors was still there so Dale took voluntary redundancy from ANZ Bank, studied viticulture at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and joined the Brightwater Vineyards team in 2002.
He furthered his studies at Hawke’s Bay Eastern Institute of Technology and, after graduating as top student in 2003, took on the role as Vineyard Manager. Dale has shown a great affinity with the vines. He is gentle on machinery and meticulous with vineyard tasks. We have extremely high expectations from our vineyards and the workers that Dale manages.
Dale has outstanding personality traits and we are very lucky to have him. He is still living in Hope (aren’t we all!).