Danny Schuster

Danny Schuster


Having always been interested in Nature and plants, I decided to take my passion into the fields of viticulture and wine, first in Europe and later in Australia, South Africa, California and New Zealand. With studies in Europe and experience in both the old and new worlds, I developed an interest in combining tradition with innovation and the practical application of vine physiology to vine management and adaptations to site specific vineyard terroir and climate.

Danny Schuster

Over the past 40 years I have been fortunate to work in various roles as a Consultant in viticulture and wine for major wine companies throughout the world and have received prestigeous awards for contributions to early wine development and technical literature at an international and New Zealand level. My special interest is in the early development and plantings of cool climate Pinot vineyards in NZ, from Otago to Martinborough and more recently, Cabernet/Syrah/Italian varieties from Hawkes Bay to Waiheke Island, West Auckland and the Far North. Irrespective of grape type or wine's origins, the goal always remains the same - to improve the vines to express the best potential wine quality.


Grape-growing and Wine making in Cool Climates (Jackson D. & Schuster D. 1981)

Introduction to Cacti (Schuster D. 1983).

Wine Care & Service (Beaven D., Brooks S. & Schuster D. 1985)

World of Cacti (Schuster D. 1990)

Canterbury Grapes & Wines (Schuster D., Jackson D. & Tipples R. 2002)

Terroir – Zonazione e Viticoltura. (Fregoni M, Schuster D. & Paoletti A. 2003)

Practical Guide - Grapegrowing & Physiology of Vine (Schuster D., Paoletti A. & Bernini L. 2016)

Past and current clients


Moueix family Bordeaux, Leflaive family Burgundy.


Antinori family, Frescobaldi family, Ornellaia Estate, Valdicava, Nardi Estate, Sette Ponti, Conte Attems, Foradori and Aminea Wine Consultancy group.

South Africa:

Stellenbosch Farmers Winery.


In SA and Coldstream Hills in Vic.


Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Arrayo, Bella Oaks, Martha's Vineyard, Vieder, Spotswood, Niebaum-Coppola Estate, Mondavi family Estates, Moraga Estate and Abbreu consultants

New Zealand:

Visiting lecturer to Lincoln University (1974-1982), Montana Marlborough (1976-1978), St. Helena Winery (1978-1985), Omihi Hills Vineyard (1986-2009), Stonyridge Vineyard, Jurassic Ridge, Haypadock, Te Motu, Man O'War, Heron's Flight, Gillman, Ransom, Matavino and Kari-Kari Wine Estate.