Dan Barker

Winemaker

Dan is a passionate winemaker with experience from some of the top performing wineries in Hawke's Bay, and has been involved in the New Zealand wine industry from both a sales and a manufacturing aspect for 18 years.  Dan graduated from EIT Hawke’s Bay with a degree in Wine Science in 2003.  While being runner up for Young Winemaker of the Year in 2002, he was successful and won the title in 2003.  Not long after that, Dan started crafting wines for boutique producer Moana Park Winery, set in a picturesque Puketapu valley in the western hills.

When Dan and wife Kaylea later bought the winery in 2008, in the middle of a recession and in the same year they were getting married, everyone thought they were mad.  Six years later and the winery has expanded exponentially and won numerous international awards, while still remaining hands-on and keenly focused on producing top quality wines underpinned by Dan’s natural, low allergen winemaking philosophy.  This is one winery to watch.

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