Real Estate And Wine - A Perfect Pairing

Harcourts Wanaka agent James McElrea has a few strings to his bow that some might not know about. His business knowledge and customer service skills come from a background in winemaking, wine judging, and as the owner of a luxury bed and breakfast near Wanaka.

Moving to Wanaka in 2007 James took on a role in the winemaking team at Maude Wines. Helping the team at Maude for ten vintages, James launched his own boutique brand Black Peak Wines in 2014 while still working at Maude.

Black Peak boutique wines are exclusively sold into restaurants and private cellars mainly around the region, he also offers his knowledge and skill as a wine judge. He was recently a judge at the 20th Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition in Christchurch where he has entered his own Black Peak Pinot Noir and Riesling in the past.

James is well regarded in the wine industry having previously judged wines for the Liquorland Top 100, New Zealand International Wine Show and the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. His Black Peak Pinot Noir and Riesling show off the beautiful Central Otago fruit and have been rated highly by the likes of Cameron Douglas and Bob Campbell.

Making the shift to real estate in 2020, James found that his customer service skills and communication easily transferred into the real estate industry. Listening to the needs and wants of their guests has enabled James to obtain the analytical, creative, personable and customisable characteristics to work within this dynamic industry and he always knows the best drop to gift a vendor after they’ve completed a sale! What more could you want from your agent?

To view the final results of the Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition click here