Our Team

John in working in the Cabernet Sauvignon Askerne Wines Vineyard Hawkes Bay New Zealand

John Loughlin

Owner/Sales Manager

John is a wine lover and with wife Kathryn is the co-founder of Askerne Winery. Over the years John has worked in various industries to fund the development of the winery. John is the former Chief Executive of Richmond Ltd and is currently a professional Company Director serving on the Boards of a number of public and private companies. John’s father, the late Dr. John Loughlin, established two wineries in Hawke’s Bay which are known as Chateau Waimarama and Zepelin.

Kathryn Loughlin

Owner/General Manager

Kathryn also is a wine lover and with John is the cofounder of Askerne Winery. Kathryn is responsible for the overall management of the business. Prior to moving to Hawke’s Bay to develop the winery and vineyard, Kathryn was a Valuer and Property Manager.

Kathryn’s particular passion is with dessert wines which led to the inclusion of dessert wines in the range from 1998

Emma working hard over vintage in Hawkes Bay Vineyard New Zealand

Emma Wang

Cellar Door / Cellar Hand

Emma joined the team at Askerne in late 2019, Emma’s interest in wine happened on arrival in New Zealand in 2019.Originally planning to study in Auckland she decided to change path and study Wine-making and Viticulture at The Eastern Institute of Technology.

Emma is an asset to the team with her can do attitude, she has worked across the Winery, Vineyard and Cellar Door. Emma has a particular interest in Cabernet Franc and Gewurztraminer