About us

The team at Markovina Vineyard Estate are dedicated and passionate specialists and after almost half a century in the business still retain the same enthusiasm now as they did at the beginning for any event they host at their stunning venue just out of Auckland. Each person has their own special area of expertise and when they combine their talents, experience and love for organising special events, you can be sure the pleasure and success of any event is as important to them as it is to you. 

Rina

Rina was born in Croatia and came to  New Zealand when she was 18. Since  Markovina Vineyards Limited first opened in the 1960's as a boutique vineyard  Rina has always had a flair for hospitality from catering for wine trails to functions and events and she has been the driving force of the business. Rina has been responsible for Markovina Vineyard Estate developing into the outstanding function and events centre it is today.

Rina has two children, Antonia and  Mark, who are both married. Each of them  married at Markovina Estate. Now she is the baba (grandmother) of five amazing grandsons, the newest addition being  Antonia's first child. 

Rina loves spending time with her  family and has a passion for planting and developing gardens.  The gardens in the estate were all developed with a strong influence from Rina.

Mark Markovina

Mark was born into the hospitality business and was well versed in the basics of wine making at an early age. Growing up in the family business at Markovina Vineyard Estate his love of entertaining developed and evolved to where he now heads up the family business. 

With over 20 years of experience at the family function and event centre, Mark knows exactly what it takes to create a successful event. His experience, love and expertise to put together an event right down to the last little details exceeds his clients' expectations.

Helping others to have an amazing experience is his passion. He absolutely loves the social aspect that his career offers and is continually looking at new developments to develop his business and further enhance the experience for his clients.

Mark attended Auckland University and attained a BCom majoring in Commercial Law and later gained access to the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Any spare time is taken up enjoying his family and regularly playing social sports. He talks proudly of his four wonderful children and his amazing wife Elizabeth and to put it simply - just enjoys life.

You can contact Mark for more information at mark@markovina.co.nz or call (09) 412 8608.

Elizabeth Markovina

Away from the family business Elizabeth has a very busy life with her family. Her primary role as mother to four boys is in itself full time! You can imagine all the cooking and cleaning that goes on, not to mention ferrying the boys to and from all their different activities! Working part time at the family business gives her diversity and a complete contrast from her domestic duties. 

When Elizabeth does get a moment or two to herself away from what she describes as her 'insane, loud and noisy family' she escapes from the madness
and finds solace in a good book… until the noise encroaches, the boys want something and her busy lifestyle starts all over again. 

You can contact Elizabeth for more information at:  markovina@xtra.co.nz

Ashley

Ashey is currently studying a Bachelor of International Hospitality Management majoring in Event Management and Food & Beverage at AUT University. A great choice as she heads towards her ultimate goal:  to become involved in wedding planning and organisation.

Ashley is back at Markovina Vineyard Estate having worked here for four years previously while part-time at her parent's child care centres. Also, during the last eighteen months she has been nanny to two young boys.

The other important boys in Ashley's life are her three younger brothers. Spending time with them takes a good level of fitness and Ashley and the boys recently completed the fun event Mudd Rush.

Ashley loves travelling and can tick off her list Thailand, Rarotonga, Australia and Vanuatu:  another cruise is booked for 2015. 

A keen netballer for AUT and hockey player for Western Districts Hockey Club ensures Ashley mantains a level of fitness required to work, sutdy and achieve the goals she has her sights set on.