one of our only wahine Māori winemakers
“It isn’t something I take lightly,” says Jannine Rickards, winemaker at Urlar Vineyards in the Wairarapa, about her other passion – hunting.
“For example, last week I saw a yearling in the bush but it just looked at me… and I had a connecting moment with this animal. I didn’t need to shoot it – and maybe I should have for environmental reasons – but it was just that morning, and the energy, and it looked at me and I looked at it, and it took off…”
That moment, with a deer standing by a creek with the early sun coming through the bush, captures the complexities of Rickards’ character.