The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

New Chief Winemaker for Mt Difficulty

Greg Lane (left) and Matt Dicey

Foley Wines has announced that Greg Lane will take up the position as Chief Winemaker at Mt Difficulty wines in Central Otago.

The appointment comes as Matt Dicey leaves the Bannockburn-based winery where he has been Chief Winemaker for more than 20 years.

Most recently Lane, who won New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year in 2018, has been the winemaker at Central Otago winery, Amisfield.

A South Australian local, he grew up surrounded by wine culture and earned a Bachelor of Oenology from the University of Adelaide with 1st Class honours.

From there he honed his craft at Shaw and Smith in Adelaide, France, Italy and the United States before being drawn back to Marlborough to take up the reins at Grove Mill.

“I have long admired the wines of Mt Difficulty,” he says.

“Matt and the team have established these wines as true benchmarks of Central Otago, and indeed new world Pinot Noir, so the opportunity to come on board and continue the story is both humbling and exciting. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

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