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Our People

Learn more about the people that make things happen at Mission Estate Winery.


Chief Executive
Peter Holley 

Peter Holley, immigrant from South Africa, has held the position of CEO of Mission Estate since 1996.  In this role he has had the opportunity of overseeing brand development and the restructuring of the Company into a formidable producer of fine wine. Email Peter


Paul Mooney

 Paul Mooney has been the winemaker at Mission Estate for over 30 years, making him one of the most experienced winemakers in New Zealand. Paul's winemaking philosophies are heavily influenced by his mentor, Brother John, who trained in Bordeaux during the 1960's. Email Paul


Steve Wheeler

Steve joined Mission in October 2013.  Steve has significant experience in both viticulture and horticulture, holding a Master of Applied Science in Viticulture from Charles Sturt University in Australia and a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from Lincoln University.  Steve is responsible for overseeing the company's fruit supply.   Email Steve



National Sales Manager
Tony Stanford

Tony has returned to re-join the Mission Estate Winery team having previously held the National Sales Manager role for 8 years. Tony is responsible for all sales throughout New Zealand and our world famous cellar door. Tony's favourite wine is a Syrah produced from Mission's premium Gimblett Gravels vineyard. Email Tony


Export Manager
Simon Swa

Simon holds a Bachelor of Sciences Honours – Economics (University of York, England), a WSET Diploma and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. Simon worked in the UK in retail and on premise sales, marketing and brand management. His last position was with Maisons Marques & Domaines Ltd (UK) where he held the position of Marketing Manager. Simon and his family emigrated to New Zealand in August 2007 and he held the position of Export Director at Sacred Hill Wines. In August 2012 he took up the position of Head of Sales & Marketing Manager at Peregrine Wines.
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Financial Controller
Mike Callahan

Mike has been with Mission since 2002 coming from a background in both the dairy and construction industries. Mike has resided in Hawke's Bay for the last 15 years originating from Palmerston North. Mike enjoys the sunny Hawke's Bay lifestyle and all that it has to offer.