After retiring from a twenty-five year career in the European fashion and hospitality industries, Dutch-born and New Zealand raised and educated Robbert de Jongh, decided that it was time to share with others his piece of Nelson’s paradise. Robbert loves gardening and is the creator and curator of Retiro Park Lodge’s beautiful garden, he also takes care of all of the property’s animals.
Your other host, Spanish winemaker Victor Flores, has good local wine knowledge after more than five years of New Zealand winemaking experience in Marlborough and Nelson. He is also a keen chef who will love sharing with you Retiro Park Lodge’s limited on-site crafted wine over dinner. Victor takes care of the vineyard and the olive grove, and is the perfect person to assist you with suggestions for a day trip in the region.
Slider photos on this page by Glenn Cormier and Lynda Chaira