The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

SKYCITY’s new Master of Wine brings expertise to business 

Sam Harrop_1346 - low res_optInternational wine judge and Master of Wine Sam Harrop has joined SKYCITY Auckland as a beverage consultant ambassador.

A highly-awarded wine professional with more than 20 years experience in the industry, Mr Harrop will use his extensive wine and sake knowledge to provide advice on drink offerings across SKYCITY’s many restaurants and bars, as well as providing support at upcoming functions and events.

Mr Harrop started as a winemaker in New Zealand, then gained experience in California, Australia and Europe. While in Europe he achieved his Master of Wine Qualification, receiving the Tim Derouet Award for outstanding performance. He is currently co-chair of the International Wine Challenge, and consults for several wine producers and related businesses in New Zealand, Europe and Canada, as well as producing his own wine on Waiheke Island. 

SKYCITY COO NZ/General Manager Auckland, John Mortensen, says Mr Harrop’s international experience alongside his qualifications and connections, make him the ideal person to assist with SKYCITY’s beverage offerings. “At SKYCITY we pride ourselves on providing exceptional experiences and we welcome Sam on board to complement SKYCITY’s pool of talented staff, working alongside world-renowned chefs in our many award-winning restaurants.” 

Mr Harrop says he’s excited to work with SKYCITY Auckland because of its range of high-quality restaurants and bars, all of which already offer outstanding drinks options for customers.

“I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities to help SKYCITY expand on what they are already doing in the food and beverage space, including working with local and visiting artisan producers.” 

SKYCITY Auckland has more than 20 bars and restaurants across its site, including signature Federal Street eateries: Depot and Federal Delicatessen by Al Brown, MASU by Nic Watt, Gusto at the Grand and The Grill by Sean Connolly as well as The Sugar Club and Bellota tapas bar by Peter Gordon.