Chief Winemaker, Isabel Estate Marlborough
Jeremy McKenzie was born and bred in New Zealand, growing up on a farm in Hawarden in the
Canterbury region. With a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) and Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology, Jeremy’s knowledge took him to industry roles in France, Australia, Canada and the USA. After working as a senior winemaker for multiple award-winning New Zealand brands, including Villa Maria and Alan Scott; Jeremy is now Chief Winemaker for Isabel Estate Marlborough.
At first glance, it is clear that Jeremy McKenzie is a bit of an action man. Aside from winemaking, his passion lies in extreme sports; if he isn’t competing in Ironman events, he is hunting for wild boar or diving for scallops, crayfish and lobster. Being a hunter and a wine collector, it is natural that Jeremy has a great ability to match food to award-winning wine. As an accomplished sportsman, Iron Man and Royal Humane Society for Bravery recipient (Jeremy saved a young girl from a flooded river in 2014); it is clear that this family man possesses a lot of skill and passion for his work, hobbies and community. This passion teamed with global experience in the wine industry is shown in the wealth of knowledge that Jeremy brings to Isabel Estate.
Carlos Orgiles Ortega
Winemaker, Isabel Estate Marlborough
Carlos joined the Isabel family in March 2012 after working in a number of wine regions including Spain, Chile, California, France and New Zealand.
Carlos endeavours to make wines that reflect the individual characters from the vineyard and the superb Marlborough climate, creating expressive, as well as complex and elegant wines. “I think that the Marlborough region has natural winemaking conditions; it is well known for its Sauvignon Blanc and also this cool climate holds great potential for the increasingly explored varieties such as Pinot Gris.”