Jacob Nooyen

Jacob Nooyen, Wine Maker at Vilagrad Winery

What is your current role?

Wine Maker

What do you enjoy about working at Vilagrad Winery?

Eating, drinking and playing music.

What was your first job?

Washing dishes at Vilagrad.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Wine maker.

What is an achievement or special credential you're really proud of?

Achieving my first gold medal for our Chardonnay in 1997, I was 21 years old.

What do you do in your spare time?

Drink... haha just kidding. Fishing, hunting, anything outdoors and of course spending time with my family.

What are you most grateful for in your life?

Family

Who inspires you and why?

Great musicians (Bowie, Elton, Billy Joel just to name a few) they write real music.

Have you got a favourite aphorism / motto?

Food, wine and entertainment!!! (Vilagrad motto)

What is your favourite spot in the Waikato?

Vilagrad Winery of course!!! My family and I love getting outside and exploring the outdoors and there are some epic spots in the Waikato. We recently went on a boating trip to the Pokaiwhenua Stream and the landscape is amazing, the glow worms were incredible, definitely a must see!