Our Team, Our Family
For Tupari, a new chapter has opened with the return of the younger Turnbull generation.
Glenn Thomas, Winemaker, Founder, Director, Photographer and Muso
Expertly interweaving artistry and science to create beautiful wine, Glenn simply wants to make the best wine from our land. He is an artist, he is a romantic and he is a scientist. Like a chef, he combines his two passions to create beautiful things.
A oenology graduate of Roseworthy College, South Australia, Glenn worked in the McLaren Vale and the Barossa before moving to the Awatere Valley, New Zealand as the first winemaker for Vavasour Wines. In 1989 he produced the valley’s first sauvignon blanc. More recently Glenn joined Kiwi Oeno, a high profile winemaking consultancy with clients throughout New Zealand, Northern Italy and Southern France. Glenn is a truly global winemaker but his primary focus remains the Awatere Valley and his pivotal role at Tupari.
David Turnbull, Vigneron, Founder, Director, Farmer, Engineer and lawn mower
An international engineer as well as farmer and vigneron, David wears many hats. David grew up on a farm as a wee boy and vowed to one day return to the land. Tupari, sitting atop the terraces of his Awatere Valley farm, is the realisation of that dream and testament to his dedication and commitment to the land and his family.
Heather Turnbull, Founder, Mother, Grandmother, Activist and team support
Heather is the glue that holds the Tupari team together. Her fascination with ideas and the cultivation of the potential of others inspires us each day. A true and committed environmentalist, Heather works on the farm, vineyard and in the community to reduce her impact on the world. Her vision for Tupari encompasses her believe in her family, her land and the relationship with the environment.
Olivia Turnbull Doonan, Sales Manager, Daughter and juggler of all things
Olivia grew up in the Awatere Valley and embraces a true love and respect for the land. She lives with her family on the family farm, her husband Tahi manages the family’s deer and sheep operation. Olivia’s love and care for all those around her is intrinsically linked to her desire to find pure, authentic and sustainable products and ways of living. For Olivia, Tupari expresses a lifestyle philosophy based on family, authenticity and sustainability.
Eliza Turnbull, Marketing Manager, Daughter-in-law and juggler of all other things
Eliza is a marketing professional who has worked around the globe in many different industries. In 2010 Eliza married Heath, swapped her stilettos for gumboots, rolled up her sleeves and joined the family business. Eliza believes in the heart and soul behind Tupari and loves being part of a vibrant and authentic family business.
Heath Turnbull, Vineyard Manager, Son, Engineer and rider of many, many different bikes
Heath is an engineer specialising in sustainable design with specific experience in wineries. Heath also grew up in the Awatere Valley and loves working with the climate, soils and biology of the region. Nurturing the vines through the seasons grounds him and fosters his close connection with the land.