Matt Connell

Mobile Wine Technician
Cromwell, Central Otago
Mobile: 027 445 9463

Matt is one of New Zealand’s leading winemakers. Born in Taranaki, he grew up in Christchurch and gained a degree in Parks and Recreation management. He returned to university to complete a post-grad degree in Oenology and Viticulture in 2001.

Matt has worked at Wynns of Coonawarra, Elk Cove Oregon, Peregrine, Olssens of Bannockburn and for seven years as winemaker and general manager of Akarua.

Each Akarua Pinot from his first in 2009 until his last in 2015 won a major trophy including winning the Red Wine of Show and Pinot Noir Trophy at the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2012 and again in 2016.

This success continues with wines now produced under Matt’s own name.