Jules Taylor



Chosen as New Zealand Winemaker of the Year in 2021, Jules is a passionate advocate for Marlborough and has made some of the region's best-loved and most successful wines.


Born in the year the first vines were planted in Marlborough, Jules has literally grown up with Sauvignon Blanc and is deeply invested in her region and its grape-growing families.


After completing a degree in Viticulture at Lincoln University in Christchurch, Jules explored other winemaking regions around the globe, working numerous vintages in Italy and Australia.


Several life-affirming vintages in Piedmont and Sicily underscored Jules' love of wine as a simple pleasure to be enjoyed alongside good food and great friends. Jules strongly believes wine should be more about creating great memories and less about status or cellaring potential.


On her return home, Jules worked her way to Group Senior Winemaker at one of New Zealand's most acclaimed wineries, before starting her own label on the side in 2001 with just 200 cases.

Five years, two children and many, many late nights later, George and Jules took the nail-biting decision to put everything on the line, jack in their day jobs, and give their dream a shot.


Today Jules is the eponymous winemaker at Jules Taylor Wines, the Queen of Sauvignon Blanc and a godmother to several hundred thousand little grapes. Recently awarded NZ Winemaker of the Year by Australian publication Gourmet Traveller Wine, the first time this award has been given to a Marlborough winemaker, she's a straight talker who's also a darn nice person.