Our Family

Four generations of our family have lived in Brightwater for over 55 years with a long history of involvement in the community. Having moved from Southland when Rob was a young lad the Grey family brought our property to run as a dairy farm producing milk for town supply. Rob stayed in the dairy industry until 1996 then began to convert the farm to vineyards growing premium quality grapes for numerous prestigious New Zealand wine brands including Kim Crawford and Craggy Range. In 2011, Rob’s daughter Kylie and her husband Ryan O’Connell moved back to Brightwater and together with Rob launched Middle-earth wines. In 2016 we proudly added to our portfolio launching Middle-earth Water.

Rob with his extensive farming background and knowledge of our land continues to oversee the operations of the vineyards as well as travelling as an ambassador for Middle-earth wines & water.

Ryan has spent his career in the wine industry, both here in New Zealand and overseas. Ryan now oversees our business looking after all general management, marketing, exporting and operations.

Kylie is the glue that holds us all together and looks after all accounts, administration and logistics – a massive job!