Tribute to John Bell
John Bell was a long-time advocate for and pioneer of organics in New Zealand. He sadly passed away recently and we would like to pay tribute to John for his contributions to organics, especially amongst the viticulture sector.
John and his wife Kaye McAulay worked tirelessly to promote organic practice in New Zealand, first when Kaye was the CEO of BioGro and later in Martinborough where they owned and managed Vynfields vineyard.
Over the course of their ownership they built Vynfields into something very unique, which became fully certified organic by BioGro in 2006.
Together, Kaye and John grew New Zealand’s organic viticulture sector through hosting field days and educating and encouraging other growers in their area to convert.
John was meticulous in the management of the vineyard and was devoted to producing fine, hand-crafted organic wine.
BioGro pays its respects to John and is thankful for all he contributed to viticulture and New Zealand’s organics industry as a whole.