Winemaker Hayden Penny joined Supernatural Wine Co. at the beginning of 2015. Hayden is one of a new breed of young passionate winemakers who is totally focused on organic and natural winemaking in order to truly express terroir.
In 2006 Hayden graduated with a Bachelor of Viticulture and a Bachelor of Wine Science from E.I.T. Hawke’s Bay, ranking 1st and 2nd in his class respectively. After spending a year as Assistant Winemaker at award-winning Hawke’s Bay winery Te Awa, Hayden spent three years as a flying winemaker, gaining valuable experience in the Sonoma and Napa regions of California, Marlborough in New Zealand, the Yarra Valley in Australia, Toro in Spain and finally southern Bulgaria.
In 2010, Hayden returned to Hawke’s Bay and helped launch William Murdoch Wines acting as Vineyard Manager and Winemaker. The wines of William Murdoch are now considered to be Hawke’s Bay’s finest, organic red wines.
Hayden has been working with Supernatural Wine Co. since 2013 and helped develop our skin-fermented wines, Green Glow and Spook Light. He is a naturally gifted vigneron with a fine palate and a love of cool climate styles and he is taking our vines and wines in a fantastic direction.