Geoff & Nicola's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Gisborne, NZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

GEOFF & NICOLA WRIGHT

Winemakers
Wrights Wines

“You're searching for something but the answer's actually you.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Family Hard Work Passion Regrets

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

accounting, dreams, lifestyle, organic, vegan, vegetarian, vineyard, vision, wine

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Nicola was constantly traveling, jumping around, worked as an accountant, then a lawyer, but nothing was grabbing her.
  • Geoff was qualified as a chartered accountant, but that environment “didn’t feel right”; always thought it’d be amazing to own a vineyard.
  • Decided he didn’t want a job he was going to “moan about” from 9-to-5, so he went for his dream.
  • Nicola moved to Gisborne, NZ to “meet Mr. Right,” who would be a winemaker; 16 days later, she found Geoff.
  • When they were putting in the initial work, Nicola had second-thoughts, almost got impatient, thought they could sell their land instead.
  • Opened Wrights Wines, which was New Zealand’s first producer of organic and vegan wines.
  • Geoff says the key to reaching a dream that seems far-off is by taking one small step towards it everyday.
  • Says if there’s ever anything he’d feel like he’d regret not doing at the end of his life, he just does it.

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