Our People

Brian & Nic

After embarking on vintages in Hungary, France and finally Chile, they returned to New Zealand in 1996.

Brian & Nicola Bicknell – Winemaker and Owners

It was a long distance romance in the early years of their relationship that set the scene for Brian and Nic Bicknell. Brian was studying viticulture in Australia and Nic was in Canada working in art and design before reuniting in New Zealand in 1986, a sure indication that for the two of them life in wine would never stand still.

After embarking on vintages in Hungary, France and finally Chile, they returned to New Zealand in 1996. Five years on in 2001 the ideas and discussions that formed Mahi were put into practice with their first vintage, and in December 2006 the purchase of the Mahi winery in Renwick was complete.

Nic’s passion for design and eye for detail means she is continually involved in the evolution of the Mahi look and feel, whilst making sure their children Max and Maia are immersed in the Marlborough culture. Brian’s hands-on experience with over 20 vintages worldwide ensures he is kept very busy, whether it be with Mahi or in a consultants role, with travel, both domestic and international, still playing a major part.

Pat

Pat joined Mahi full time in 2008 having experienced several vintages working with Brian and abroad.

Duncan (Pat) Patterson – Vineyard and
Winery Manager

Pat joined Mahi full time in 2008 having experienced several vintages working with Brian and abroad. Pat is responsible for Mahi’s winemaking operation and vineyard management, a position he held for 2 years previously with Babich.

Well travelled, Pat has lived in the UK, Canada and Australia before settling back in New Zealand. A huge fan of the Marlborough Sounds, you will often find Pat out on his boat fishing and scalloping.

Kate

One of the first employees at Mahi’s new winery, Kate has vast experience in her role as Admin and Finance Manager.

Kate Nicholls – Finance and Administration

One of the first employees at Mahi’s new winery, Kate has vast experience in her role as Admin and Finance Manager, having worked with Isabel Estate, Kathy Lynskey and Hanz Herzog. A 17 hectare family farm in the Onamalutu Valley in Marlborough keeps her busy outside of the winery.

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