We started The McGeorge Wine Co. in Canterbury, New Zealand in 2009.
In the beginning, we made wine for family and friends. Now we are proud to make wine for you!
Each year we work to create quality wines, in distinct styles, for our three brands: The Winemaker’s Wife, McGEORGE and Lady Ranfurly.
Wine making is physically and mentally demanding. The journey from grape to glass is long and each bottle is the result of our combined effort and imagination. For us, wine making is about passion, experimentation and overcoming challenges. We are proud of our wines and hope you enjoy them with your family and friends.
We thank you for choosing to support us, and remain forever grateful to everyone who kindly continues to spread the word about our wines. Cheers! from Simon McGeorge, The Winemaker and Olive Hill, The Winemaker’s Wife.
Simon McGeorge | Winemaker and Company Director
Simon has spent the last 23 years creating wines for major international brands and local boutique labels. In New Zealand, he is most well known for his multi-award winning work as the winemaker and brand ambassador for Waipara Hills Winery (2006 – 2017).
Simon continues to work at Waipara Hills Winery as the Facility Manager and is employed by New Zealand Wineries as their full-time Contract Winemaker. Since 2009 he has been the Director and Winemaker for his own company; the McGEORGE wine co. which he co-runs with his wife Olive Hill.
Simon studied wine making at Lincoln University and went on to work in Australia, France, Slovenia, America and the three main wine regions of New Zealand, before returning to Canterbury in 2006.
Simon’s passion for wine making and his love of the challenges it brings, drive him to constantly explore new methods and techniques to create phenomenal wines.
He is now using that knowledge to create the very best wines for his clients and his own wine brands; Lady Ranfurly, The Winemaker’s Wife and his new signature wine label, McGEORGE.
Olive Hill | The Winemaker’s Wife & Business Partner
Olive grew up on a Canterbury sheep farm. She spent her early years enjoying life in the country and lived for a year in Japan with her sister and parents.
Olive is an experienced salesperson and worked as a Sales Training Manager and HR Assistant for DFS Galleria Duty Free. She has a BA in Japanese and is a qualified Make-Up Artist.
From 2005 to 2019 Olive and her sister, Ngaio Bell, ran the celebrated ‘Smith & Boston’ boutique in Prebbleton, Christchurch. Together they designed and sold exclusive, special occasion-wear for women.
When Olive met Simon it was her love of fun, fashion and a challenge, that led her to the initial idea for The Winemaker’s Wife wine range. Simon thought the name was very catchy and the rest is history!
Today, Olive works in partnership with Simon running the McGEORGE wine co. She is the brand ambassador for her namesake wine label, The Winemaker’s Wife and is responsible for keeping things fun!