The Rees - True South

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NZ’s Leading Hotel Residence
The Rees Hotel Queenstown was honoured to be announced as the winner of the New Zealand Leading Hotel Residence Award in the prestigious 2013 World Travel Awards.

Culinary Series: Michael Brajkovich, M.W.

Winemaker, Kumeu River WinesWinemaker, Kumeu River Wines

Taking an agricultural product and transforming it into something truly special is something that Master of Wine, Michael Brajkovich finds incredibly satisfying. Michael, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Oenology and is a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, is Kumeu River’s winemaker and a renowned and respected wine judge in both New Zealand and Australia.

Wine appreciation runs in the blood of the Brajkovich family with Michael being a third generation of winemakers, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Mick and father Maté. Although Maté had no formal education in the winemaking industry, his pragmatism and ability to stay grounded were key traits that Michael feels fortunate to have learnt from his father.

With a true enjoyment of his vocation and the support and expertise of a family who share a respect for quality wine, Michael looks forward to seeing Kumeu River Wines continue to gain international recognition and status.

Michael is married to Kate and has two children, Milla and Markus. With a true enjoyment of his vocation and the support and expertise of a family who share a respect for quality wine, Michael looks forward to seeing Kumeu River Wines continue to gain international recognition and status.