Michael Henley – Chair

The guy in charge, Mike takes the reins of the bunch steering us to success. Working in the local bottle store to help fund his university lifestyle meant an early love story for all things Pinot! The chance to attend the Steamboat Pinot Noir conference in Oregon opened his eyes to the pain and pleasure associated with this grape. Having spent the first years of his career travelling and working vintages in South Africa, California, Marlborough, Oregon, Barossa Valley and Spain, Mike‘s back in Sunny Hawke’s Bay living the good life. Many hats adorn his head working with New Zealand Winegrowers and Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers as well as his own businesses, 495 Wine select and Cellar 495. Mike brings a breadth of experience and passion to craft the best Pinot experience yet!