Since arriving in the Hawke’s Bay in 1993 with everything he owned in the boot of his car, Rod McDonald has worked hard to create a business built on his love of wine. He spent 7 years as the winemaker at Vidal, gaining the 2006 Winemaker of the Year gong, and then set out on his own to make singular expressions of what Hawke’s Bay Wine could do. And it’s worked out well. He is now selling and winning trophies and design awards around the world, with Australia, the UK, Singapore, the US, Sweden, and China all important markets. His business encompasses making wine for others in his large winery, leasing and owning vineyards, running a cellar door, building export, a good deal of compliance and the small matter of making excellent wine with the elements and nature to contend with. You couldn’t blame a guy for wanting a drink after that but, as a leading wine judge too, he spits most of it out. To chat about the world of wine, thank you for joining us on the podcast, Rod McDonald.