Meet the Team

Stephan Walliser
General Manager

From the founder’s country of Switzerland and a member of the owner's family, Stephan joined the FROMM team in 2017 following a successful career in the luxury hotel industry. Since arriving in New Zealand, Stephan has felt at home. He has a passion for the outdoors and whether it is on top of a mountain or diving in the ocean, Stephan loves to adventure somewhere new. 

Adam Balasoglou
Sales & Winemaker

Adam gets a kick out of being in gumboots on  e day and working in the winery or scooping cow pat for our compost, and two days later donning a formal jacket and to represent FROMM on the other side of the globe.   He loves good honest wine, tasty food and pretty much any sport that’s ever being played.   Adam is also a big family man, with three lovely rug rats and a wonderful wife, all of whom are very much immersed in his life at FROMM.      

Hätsch Kalberer 

The foundation of Hätsch’s wine making career was the love of fine wine. In his native Switzerland he had ample opportunity to indulge this passion and had a very respectable wine cellar before he even had a car, let alone a license to drive it. 

In 1982, Hätsch arrived in New Zealand and began what he calls a 10-year apprenticeship at Matawhero Wines in Gisborne. In 1992, he joined with Georg and Ruth Fromm in establishing FROMM WINERY in Marlborough, where he continues today still following the founding beliefs that have served the company so well.

Daniel Ah-Loy
Assistant Winemaker/Vineyard Manager

Daniel is a former construction worker who turned a passion for wine into a career. When life gave him lemons, he decided to make wine instead. Daniel came to Marlborough for a holiday, met a girl, got a job in the FROMM Team and lives the dream every day. 

Lorraine Wilson

Lorraine enjoys her days working in the vineyard, but maybe not as much as her sidekick Bella the Golden Retriever who enjoys a good roll in the dirt. At harvest time Lorraine finds it very rewarding to hand pick the wonderful fruit that she and the team have worked hard to produce. Lorraine has been a part of FROMM for many many years and is proud to be part of a team that creates such wonderful wines. She finds being organic makes for a very enjoyable work environment.