Kate came to New Zealand after graduating from Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia in 1983. Her first job was with Vidal, part of the Villa Maria Group where she learnt all the ropes of winemaking and fell in love with New Zealand cool climate wines. After moving on to Pask to become winemaker, shareholder and then running the company, she came to realise winemaking was where her heart was.
And now she’s back doing exactly that at Radburnd Cellars, making the wines she loves most, the way she wants to make them, and with great care and attention put into every single bottle from beginning to end.
Kate’s never done it for the glory or the gongs, but because of her natural drive for quality in everything she does. Along the way her contributions and achievements have been recognised.
A highly regarded ambassador for New Zealand wine, Kate has served as a senior judge at national and international wine competitions. In 2010, she was appointed Chair of Judges for the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, New Zealand’s oldest national wine competition and held this position for 10 years. Kate now chairs the Women in Wine National programme and chairs the Hawke's Bay Wine Auction which raises money for Cranford Hospice.
Kate has been a Director of New Zealand Winegrowers, Deputy Chair of the Council of the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke's Bay, and a wine consultant to Air New Zealand. She pioneered the introduction of the winery programme for Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand.
In recognition of her services to New Zealand wine, Kate was awarded the Sir George Fistonich medal in 2010 and was made a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers in 2015, the first female winemaker to receive the award. In 2019, Kate was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame.