Rod left his full-time post as Chief Winemaker at Craggy Range, New Zealand's most iconic winery, to set-up-shop alone and make an exclusive range of wines just for us, using the BEST grapes that Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago have to offer.
Rod is an immense talent, whose wines are dripping in medals, rave journalist reviews and oodles of Parker Points - and he can now strike out on his own thanks to Angel funding and backing!
This is a huge win because Rod is at the pinnacle of New Zealand winemaking. Your tastebuds are in for an incredible treat.
Rod Easthope's Story
"A short note to say hello from the other side of the world and how excited I am to be teaming up with Nakedwines.com. It’s been a lifelong dream to be my own boss, and the Angel funding model is finally making that dream come true, so thank you.
I’ve had a fantastic seven years at Craggy Range, my current employer, but I can’t wait to get started on this new project, and produce an exclusive range of wines under my own name – at scale. It’s liberating to make wines directly for customers, rather than winery shareholders, importers, distributors etc - who remove or blur the connection between the winegrower and the people who actually drink it!
You’ll be pleased to hear I know where all the best grapes are hiding, and it’s great to have the backing to put them to best use and share them with you – so watch this space! "