People

Murray

Murray Bishell

Murray is a fourth generation descendent from David Bishell and father of Scott and Simon. He has endured both the good and the tough times on the land that seem to be an indelible part of agricultural business. During this time Murray has built up a wealth of knowledge – gained in more than 50 years’ experience of working the land.

Murray is a pioneer and an innovator. In partnership with his late wife Diana, they seized the opportunity in the 1980’s to diversify Caythorpe into cherries and viticulture alongside sheep, process cropping and cereal production. Today Murray keeps a keen eye over the farm and his knowledge and past experience prove invaluable to both Scott and Simon.

Murray still lives on Caythorpe – a unique situation where all direct family members reside on the farm.


Scott

Scott Bishell

Scott is a fifth generation descendant from David Bishell and is proud to continue the tradition of mixed cropping at Caythorpe. Upon completing tertiary studies in commerce, Scott travelled overseas and worked on a number of intensive cropping farms, broadening his knowledge base before returning to manage the crop and stock operation at Caythorpe.

Scott is proficient at introducing new technology and farming techniques, but still respects the traditional values that has seen Caythorpe prosper for more than 130 years. Scott has gained a reputation for being a renowned producer of lucerne and meadow hay. Once a common sight throughout the region, lucerne is now only grown on a handful of local properties and his expertise in this area has resulted in Caythorpe lucerne being a preferred product for many buyers. He is also experienced in all aspects of viticulture and assists in management of the vineyards.

Scott, wife Rachel and their young son live on the Caythorpe property.


Simon

Simon Bishell

Simon is a fifth generation descendant from David Bishell and is the Caythorpe viticulturist. He has overall responsibility for management, growing and supply of fruit for the Caythorpe brand and several other prominent Marlborough wineries. After completing tertiary studies in viticulture, oenology and commerce, Simon was awarded the title of both Marlborough and NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year in 2008. He is a current board member of Marlborough Winegrowers Association, director of Wine Marlborough and sits on the Viticulture Industry Partnership Advisory Group of the NZ Primary ITO.

Simon also oversees cherry production at Caythorpe. From a young age he was always willing to lend a hand - especially during harvest - and now utilises 20+ years’ experience he has gained to operate and manage the orchard and packhouse facilities. He is proud to be one of the few remaining orchardists in Marlborough.

Simon and wife Sara live in the distinctive Caythorpe homestead that has been the family home to three generations preceding them.


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Jeremy McKenzie

Jeremy is a man of many talents. A nationally recognised multisport athlete, adventure racer and part owner of Adam & Eve cider, Jeremy is also a renown winemaker and is responsible for the Caythorpe portfolio of wines. He began his association with the Bishell family 15 years ago and has since worked for several iconic Marlborough wineries that have sourced grapes from Caythorpe.

Jeremy has intimate knowledge of the vineyard, and his ability to produce fruit driven wines of exceptional quality has resulted in many accolades throughout his career - including the prestigious award of Champion Wine of Show at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. We feel very fortunate to have a winemaker of such ability part of the Caythorpe team.