Corey grew up around the beaches, orchards and vineyards of West Auckland. After gaining a BSC (Chemistry with Geology and Physics) at the University of Auckland in 1996, Corey joined Matua Valley where he worked for 10 years, rising to the position of Chief Winemaker. During this time he graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Graduate Diploma in Oenology and has worked as a winemaker in Australia, France and California. After a decade at Matua Valley, Corey resigned from his position as Chief Winemaker to pursue his dream of making high quality handcrafted wines under his own label. In 2005 together with his wife Meg, they released ‘Gem’ and then they joined forces with the Hennessy family in 2008 to produce Harwood Hall.

Corey has conducted numerous tastings with both the trade, and public (in New Zealand, the USA and Australia), and sits regularly on tasting panels in NZ. He has spoken on sponsored radio shows, been promoted by his peers to the position of Senior Judge, judging at the New Zealand International Wine Show and has been Senior Judge and Panel Chair at the Australian Small Winemakers Show.

When Corey isn’t working you will find him in one of two places — in the surf or on the golf course.

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