After working together at Cloudy Bay and finding they shared the same aspirations, James and Ivan decided to return to a more 'hands-on' approach to winemaking. Using fruit from the 80 hectare Dog Point Vineyard established by Ivan and Margaret, the pair launched the Dog Point label together with wives Wendy and Margaret in February 2004 using fruit from the 2002 vintage.
Now, still totally hands-on the partners are involved from the vineyard to the winery and market place.
During their careers, both men have travelled and tasted widely, particulary appreciating Burgundy and the low interventionist approach favoured by many producers there. This approach has certainly influenced James' and Ivan's approach to winemaking and there is one or two empty Burgundy bottles lining the Dog Point kitchen wall.