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  • After more than 30 years as winemaker for the same company, Paul Mooney is still producing classy, affordable wines.

    Issue 3937 22nd October 2015

    Who is our most experienced winemaker, in terms of holding the same job, year after year after year? Paul Mooney arrived at the Mission – now called Mission Estate Winery – in Hawke’s Bay in 1979. Three years later, he was appointed winemaker. He’s still there. Nestled at the base of the Taradale hills, Mission is our only 19th-century wine producer still under original ownership – the Catholic Society of Mary. The Mission’s 10th winemaker, Mooney graduated with a BSc in physics from the University of Waikato, then worked as a technician on Campbell Island and a field engineer …

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