Owner / President
Marquis Sauvage began in the wine business as a young man, owner of a wine bar in Colorado. His passion for wine lead to the family investment in fine wine distributorships in Colorado, Illinois, Nevada and Texas. Marquis is surprised to find himself owning cattle in Central Otago so many years after leaving the family farm in Kansas. He and his brother Alan are passionate lovers of fine wines from around the world. Alan manages the family investment in Koehler Ruprecht in the Rhinepfalz.
Winemaker / Vice President
Ted Lemon's thirty years of experience as a head winemaker and vineyard manager are the guiding hand on the tiller at Burn Cottage. Ted is well known in both the new and old worlds for his passionate devotion to producing terroir driven wines. Ted earned an enology degree from the Universite de Bourgogne, apprenticed at Domaines Dujac, Roumier, De Villaine and Bruno Claire and was the first American ever hired to manage an estate in Burgundy, Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault. He and his wife Heidi founded their estate, Littorai Wines, in Sonoma County, California in 1993.
General Manager / Associate Winemaker
Claire joined the Burn Cottage team in 2010. She is widely respected for her years of experience as head winemaker at Martinborough Vineyards and at Amisfield, both in New Zealand. She has traveled the world to do vintages abroad and brings with her a deep knowledge of New Zealand winegrowing.
Shane joins Burn Cottage vineyard incorporating years of local Pinot Noir experience along with winery and viticulture background from several other New Zealand wine regions, and vintages abroad. Shane oversees our vineyard , team, and biodynamic programme, guiding our property forward. Shane shares our motivation to produce wines which reflect the site they originate from.
Winery and Administrative Assistant
Joining the Burn Cottage Team in 2014, Olivia has previously studied to a Masters level with viticulture and Oenology, and has a diverse background from arts to vineyard, wine and analysis (and the various areas of convergence!) Olivia's love of wine has taken her from the vineyards and wineries of Central Otago to diverse places abroad, including France several times, and most often recently in the pursuit of organic/ biodynamic production. Olivia's role is varied and importantly incorporates both Vineyard and Winery facets of Burn Cottage.
+ Stephen Morton
+ Andrea Stevens
+ Trish Linton
+ Allen Gorthy
+ Rob Parker