Our Team

Our Team


FOUNDER – Wim Julicher

Like most new world wine producers, Wim’s background is that of a completely different industry. Having emigrated from Holland to New Zealand in 1972, Wim spent 25 years in the building industry. A profession that taught him the value of hard work, resilience and with more than a dash of Dutch Courage, to see a project through. Although he loves to be in the vineyard, Wim spends most of his time creating, developing and growing Julicher Estate’s very busy export markets.



As Wim’s partner in business and life, Sue comes from a Staff Training and administrative background where she developed an extra-specialist expertise in making sense of the nitty gritty. Always at Wim’s side, and with Ninja finesse, Sue ensures Julicher Estate runs as a strong and successful enterprise.


WINEMAKER – Jannine Rickards

Having been a global wine wayfarer, Jannine has fine-tuned her winemaking skills, and approaches her craft with sensitivity and creativity. Jannine has worked with top producers in New Zealand such as Pegasus Bay, Ata Rangi and Milton Vineyard, plus contributed to vintages in Burgundy, Champagne and South Australia. A true Kiwi girl at heart, when not making fine Pinot Noir, Jannine can be found camping or hunting in the great outdoors.


VITICULTUIST – Derek Mitchell

The heart and soul of any successful wine business comes down to the grapes themselves. As caretaker of those grapes, Derek has been planting, nurturing and managing vineyards since he was 14 years old. Derek has worked in many of New Zealand’s icon vineyards, and we are grateful for his experienced and hands-on approach, that extends to the winery itself during the busy harvest period.


HOSPITALITY - Jack and Sophie

Found abandoned on the roadside as puppies, Jack and Sophie were welcomed with open arms to Julicher Estate. Both take great pride in their general hospitality responsibilities. Always welcoming to visitors and even providing a soft cheek or two for smooching, Jack and Sophie are ubiquitous to the idyllic place that Julicher Estate is.