Geoff is the gritty, determine type. He really does believe “anything is possible”. The visionary of the partnership. If he can not afford a vineyard, he plants it. If he can not afford a winery, he makes one out of shipping containers, shade cloth and external tanks.
Geoff is hands on in every aspect of the business. Being a small business, it is important to be a jack of all trades. Geoff looks after the vineyards, winery, accounts, sales, stock boy, wine tastings and cellar door. Affectionately know as “Mr Teflon” for is great ability to delegate, but to avoid any delegation headed his way.
Geoff loves his kids, at every opportunity he stops work and plays with his boys.
Geoff was born in the 70’s. From Croatian descent, with Stanko Jurakovich and Kate Lovich, as his Great Grandparents. Stanko planted and worked one of the original vineyards in Kumeu, Auckland.
Geoff was brought up in Henderson, helped out in the family horticulture business and was quickly thrown into the growing business from an early age.
He completed his High School at Kelston Boys and went on to Unitec to study business, where he then completed a Business Degree, majoring in accounting.
He worked for Audit NZ and Arthur Anderson in Auckland and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
In 2000, he left Auckland and arrived in Gisborne with his two guitars, a bag of clothes and his Hilman Avenger. He quickly enrolled in the EIT Winemaking and Viticulture course, completed it. He immediately launched his own wine label, while continuing to worked for other wineries and vineyards.
Prior to coming to Gisborne, to live the dream, he was working in Auckland as a Chartered Accountant for one of the large accounting firms. Geoff is a qualified chartered accountant and still runs a small tax agent business.