The Team

LOUKAS & CAROLINE PETROU

Cable Bay Owners

Loukas and his wife Caroline work to ensure Cable Bay continues delivering the award winning wines and hospitality service it is renowned for, whilst continually growing and improving the company. They bought the business in September 2012 and are closely involved in day to day operations. Their vision is to create the best hospitality experience in New Zealand.


CHLOE SOMERSET

Winemaker

With 15 vintages under her belt, Chloe’s wealth of experience spans continents, including Canada, United States, Greece, France, Australia and New Zealand. Chloe sought experience in boutique vineyards that were committed to caring for their land whilst producing very high quality wines.
Working alongside some of the world’s most famous winemakers, she fostered a true appreciation and understanding of “terroir”. Since joining Cable Bay in 2013, Chloe has championed Cable Bay’s wine philosophy – to hand-craft wines with their own unique and individual “personality” that will capture the drinker’s imagination.

NICK PETT

Assistant Winemaker

Nick joined Cable Bay in January 2015 and splits his time between working hands-on in the vineyard and winery, helping to deliver Cable Bay’s award-winning wines. As one of our most active team members, Nick is never far away from a physical challenge of some description; from climbing mountains to adventure racing.

Before coming to Cable Bay, Nick followed harvests between the northern and southern hemispheres for several years to earn his stripes.

MAX LARBIOSE

Head Chef

Our talented head chef, Max Larboise trained in a Michelin starred restaurant in France and draws on his classical background throughout the menu, along with the fusion flavours he was enjoyed during his extensive travels around Australia, Europe and Asia. There is an unmistakeable French influence in the kitchen, which he elegantly combines with modern New Zealand cuisine.

Max’s culinary creations proudly express the very best of Cable Bay’s organic kitchen gardens. Max takes inspiration from Waiheke’s terroir, our stunning wines and Auckland’s flourishing food culture to produce cuisine that champions balance and flavour above all.



JO EWER

Marketing & Business Relationships Manager

Jo joined Cable Bay in 2017 having returned from a 1 year (which turned into 10 years) trip to Melbourne. In Melbourne she honed her marketing and communications skills in the hospitality industry – initially marketing the restaurants and event spaces at Melbourne Zoo then moving on to Australia wide hospitality giant, Delaware North where she arranged marketing and communications for venues and events ranging from the Australian Open to luxury resorts on the Great Barrier Reef.
Jo feels like she’s landed on her feet at Cable Bay. She is passionate about the venue and the potential it has to offer guests the definitive vineyard experience.


LENA SOLOMON

Events Manager

Prior to joining the Cable Bay team in 2017, Lena graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations from Auckland University of Technology. Whilst interning at some of NZ’s top PR, events and entertainment agencies, she gained invaluable hands-on experience in public relations, marketing and advertising and discovered her passion for event planning. Joining Cable Bay as Events Coordinator, she quickly proved her competence and was promoted to Events Manager. Lena’s long held love of food and wine combined with her flare for planning and hosting has seen her create some absolutely stunning events at Cable Bay. The key to success for Lena is taking the time to get to know her clients, establishing exactly what they are looking for and valuing the small details to create a really special bespoke experience. She puts her heart and soul into each event as if it were her own!
Feel free to contact Lena for any event inquiries at lena@cablebay.co.nz


JAMES CUTFIELD

Sales & Marketing Manager

James is responsible for the Sales and Marketing of Cable Bay wines in New Zealand and our expanding export markets. He found a love of wine whilst working in vineyards as a teenager. Since then he has gained a Masters Degree in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide and worked in both the domestic and export markets for numerous New Zealand wineries. In his time off James loves to travel (especially to wine regions) and spend time with friends and family. James is keen on a myriad of sports and excels at none.

Feel free to contact James for any of your sales enquiries at james@cablebay.co.nz


BERNICE HUMPHREY

Finance & Business Manager

Bernice joined Cable Bay in January 2013 and is responsible for the financial management of facility, vineyard & winery costing. She is renowned for her abilities in simplifying and organising systems – which is a highly valued asset at our fast-growing company! Originally from Canada, Bernice has a broad experience base as a Chartered Accountant both in New Zealand and overseas, from public accounting and state owned enterprises to small businesses.


SAM THEED

Waiheke Vineyard Contractor

Sam Theed, of Vingro Ltd manages our Waiheke Island vineyards, bringing more than 15 years of local management experience. As the leading viticulturist on the island, Sam employs traditional vineyard techniques.

Right from winter pruning through to hand harvesting a strong emphasis is put on sustainability and vine care within all vineyard practises, giving the grapes the best possible opportunity to arrive at the winery door in top condition. With a rural New Zealand upbringing and background and arriving at Waiheke Island post travels, Sam’s love of working on the land, practical experience and a desire to produce a high quality product is why he and Cable Bay have had such a strong relationship for 15 years.

 


CAROL SCHOFIELD

Administration Manager

Carol Schofield has been with Cable Bay since 2005, and her first role involved selling wine from our shed, long before our stunning building was forged. She subsequently has a wealth of knowledge and experience across the business – if there’s something Carol doesn’t know about Cable Bay, it isn’t worth knowing! In her current role as Office Manager, she provides support to the Finance & Business Manager and coordinates delivery of wine orders for both local and export markets.


NICKY REYNOLDS

Head Gardener

Nicky joined Cable Bay in 2017 following her role as a Collection Curator at Auckland Botanic Gardens. She brings a wealth of experience from extensive public gardening, agriculture and commercial horticulture over 20 years.. The consummate green thumb, Nicky combines her love of the natural environment with an exceptional aptitude for gardening and growing plants successfully. Developing our on-site organic kitchen garden, she uses an innovative composting technique, known as Bokashi, which breaks down the food waste that comes from the kitchen. The compost makes the soil highly nutritious and supplies top quality herbs, fruit, vegetables, edible flowers and micro-greens to our chefs on a daily basis. Maintenance and enhancements to the grounds are ongoing. Nature throws endless challenges to all growers and Cable Bay’s gardens are no exception. It’s all in a day’s work for Nicky and her team.


MANON BOUCHER

Reservations & Events Coordinator

Manon joined Cable Bay in 2017 and is the friendly and helpful voice answering all of our phone and email enquiries regarding reservations and events. Manon originally hails from France where she completed a Masters Degree in International Business following a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She came to Waiheke in 2016 to hone her sales and customer service skills at a boutique vineyard following three years working as a Junior Product Manager within the face-paced FMCG industry in France. Manon is passionate about wine, food and providing a seamless experience for all of our guests from the very first time they get in touch.