Owner/Tour Guide

Favorite Wine: Pinot Noir

After 28 years service in the Royal New Zealand Navy a move to Marlborough and the relaxing lifestyle was well deserved. Dean and Jess took over Marlborough Wine Tours to enjoy the best of what the Marlborough lifestyle has to offer. Dean is heavily involved in the local rugby community and he’s not a wine snob – any wine will do to enjoy with great company, food and entertainment.

In the post covid world Dean is taking a break from wine tours and has returned to the Navy to work as a manager in the Managed Isolation Facilities in Auckland.  He looks forward to returning to being a wine tour guide once the borders reopen to tourists.


Dean gave us a tour of 4 wineries, all of very different character. He was highly knowledgeable and very tuned to our desires. We wanted to taste NZ wines which were not so common and yet were highly acclaimed by wine drinkers. The whole event was well managed, the tastings were extensive and the lunch was fabulous. i am sure I should have forgotten more due to the consumption of lovely wine but there were highlights which I will take away and be able to enjoy for years. A fabulous day out thanks, in no small measure, to Dean's competence and character.